Where to travel in August
August offers visitors to the northern hemisphere the chance to enjoy long, balmy days. While Europe as a whole is lovely, it is peak tourist season so consider heading to the less-frequented destinations such as Slovenia, Croatia, Spain's Basque Country, France's Southwest and the lakes of northern Italy.
Self-drive holidays through Norway's fjord landscapes are spectacular at this time of year, but it is imperative to book early to secure hotel and cabin availability, as demand is high and supply quite low. It makes for a wonderful experience, however, as the country isn't teeming with tourists.
In the USA, the wild spaces of Yellowstone National Park are good to explore in August and, while Cape Cod is beautiful at this time of year, it is also at its busiest. Across the border, visit Churchill in Canada for a chance to see polar bears in leafy climes.
Heading southwards, Peru is still very popular with trekkers and it's also a great time to venture into the Amazon, with the Manu Reserve warm and dry at this time of year.
East Africa celebrates the wilderness spectacle of the Great Migration with the Masai Mara in Kenya the place to be to witness the wildebeest on the move. In Namibia, the game viewing is at its best, but for both countries booking very well in advance is recommended. Elsewhere, Mozambique has warm and dry conditions, making its wild spaces and beaches equally attractive.
Explore the postcard-perfect coastlines, medieval cities and vineyards of this unique Spanish region, all the while staying in Renaissance palaces, seaside villas and thousand-year-old castles.
Image a magical, sun-kissed coastline, dotted with islands and medieval towns. Imagine an unspoilt landscape of craggy, limestone cliffs and sparkling, sapphire lakes.
From world-leading gastronomy and viticulture to fortified medical cities and pretty coastal towns, this tailor-made self-drive takes in the highlights both urban and rural of France's beautiful Occitanie region.
Calm blue lakes, snow-crested mountains, grandiose villas and some of Italy's finest Belle Époque hotels provide the backdrop to this tailor-made driving holiday through beautiful northern Italy. Its bookended by stays among Milan's ultra-fashionable repose and Verona's fabled past.
The architecturally impressive coastal town of Alesund and the equally striking Hotel Union in Geirangerfjord provide perfect bases from which to explore the stunning surroundings of glittering lakes, towering peaks and deep forests.
– Save up to £590 pp
Book by: 15 December 2018
The national parks of Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Rocky Mountain comprise the bulk of this tailor-made self-drive, which combines some of America's most spellbinding scenery with the chance to see native wildlife and explore a rich, pioneering history.