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Where to go when - holiday travel guide

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Picked your date but not sure where to go yet? We’ve gone through each of our destinations to figure out the best months for each one. Perhaps the weather is perfect, there might be a fascinating local festival or the wildlife is at its very best. Whatever the reason for your travels you’re bound to find an experience to suit you throughout the year.

January | Escape the winter blues

Sick of the miserable winter weather? Go in search of sun, scenery and soaring mountains. From the rolling tea hills and turquoise coves of  Sri Lanka  to the imperial cities of  India , and the volcanic lakes of  Argentina – you’ll definitely beat the January blues.

February | Flock to the sun

Whether you’re sick of Valentine’s day or looking for somewhere special to celebrate, there’s plenty on offer in February. Whizz through the pho-infused streets of  Vietnam , wander through overgrown temple ruins or stretch out on a desert island off the coast of  Cambodia .

What are you waiting for?

March | Celebrate in style

There are festivals aplenty throughout March.

To feel the rhythm of the Caribbean, head to  Cuba  for Santiago de Cuba’s Festival Internacional de Trova. Alternatively, if you’ve got an old t-shirt, journey to  India  for the wonderfully colourful and intoxicating Holi in which revellers throw coloured powder at anything that moves.

April | Escape the showers

Swap the April showers for tropical beaches, colourful wildlife and some of the world’s best trekking. Avoid Easter if you’re looking for empty beaches, remote trekking routes and forests filled with wildlife.

But if it’s an Easter holiday with the family you’re looking for, now’s your chance to spot turtles in Costa Rica, elephants in  Sri Lanka  and orangutans in  Borneo .

May | Head off on an adventure

With two bank holidays in May make the most of the extra days and head off on an adventure. There are beaches in abundance in  South-East Asia  waiting to be lounged upon and it’s the start of the trekking season in  Peru  if you want to conquer the Inca Trail before the crowds.

June | Jet off for a trek

This month is trekking galore in  South America  and Asia, so pull on your hiking boots and head off on a trek through the mountains.

Most countries are on the cusp of their peak seasons so avoid the crowds with an early summer trip.

July | Head to the beach

Take a break and head off to paradise beach July; sit back and relax in  Sri Lanka  or snorkel in a secluded bay in  Borneo . There are lots of great beaches to discover this month and they’re the ideal place for some relaxation.

Planning a family holiday? How about elephant safaris in Sri Lanka or kayaking in Canada?

August | Take a summer break

August offers sunshine around the globe, but if you don’t want to chance the weather in the UK then head off on an adventure to far-flung shores.

Asia ‘s beaches are bustling and  Bolivia ‘s salt flats are shimmering as the temperatures rise.

September | Soak up the sun

September is a great time to spot wildlife in the mighty  Amazon  Rainforest or the  Peruvian   canyons . Take a late summer break to reconnect with nature, turn off your phone and escape 21st-century life.

October | Take in the scenery

As temperatures cool at home, head off to tranquil water gardens of  Japan  or trek through the foothills of  Everest  for an October break. It’s also the perfect time to hike, trek or ramble through the breathtaking scenery of  Nepal  and  Bhutan .

November | Escape the winter

November is a great time to escape the plummeting temperatures and grey weather. It’s the start of the dry season in many countries and a chance for some final sun before winter sets in. If you’re feeling active it’s also the perfect time for trekking glaciers in  Chile , taking on the  Inca Trail  without the crowds, spotting wildlife in the Pantanal in  Brazil  or visiting the heart of  Indochina .

December | Get some winter sun

With the festive season fast approaching and chilly winter temperatures, December is a popular time to escape for some winter sun. From  Cuban  beaches to  Patagonian  glaciers, there are lots to see and do in December. Lots of destinations are in their peak seasons at this time of year and experience glorious weather. It gets very busy so booking in advance is important.