So many places around the country and the world are only seen at their very best in summer.
Whether you fancy jetting off to Europe, hitting Asia or staying a little closer to home, as long as you’re north of the equator, our destinations all come to life at this time of year.
We’ve got options for everyone – singles looking for adventure, couples looking for romance, and families who want to make memories the kids will never forget.
So, where’s it going to be?
Let us guide you through this year’s best summer vacation spots.
Let’s start with an awesome destination in our own backyard.
The Canyon has something for everyone. Sheer breathtaking beauty, trails, camping, rafting – you’re spoilt for choice.
This place has true universal appeal. Take the kids and show them one of the most outstanding natural sites in the whole world. There are trails to explore for all levels of hikers, opportunities to camp under the stars, or enjoy more luxurious accommodation.
For the ultimate thrill, check out the new Grand Canyon zipline. You can even fly in tandem with friends and family.
If staying on the ground is more your thing, then the Skywalk, a viewing platform extending 70 metres over the canyon is a must visit!
For most of us, Rome needs no introduction.
Thousands of years of history, Italian style, sumptuous cuisine, and cultural delights on every corner – what’s not to love?
It’s true that there are plenty of gelato stalls and fountains for refreshment in Rome in summer. But with summer temperatures around 76°, you might feel that it’s a little hot and sticky for kids. That’s especially true if you’re travelling with young children.
But if you want to explore Rome’s rich culture with your other half, or even with a group of friends, then this is the perfect summer destination.
Everybody who visits Rome should visit the Colosseum, the Forum and the Trevi Fountain. And make sure you have your fill of ‘Saltimbocca alla Romana’ and real pizza while you’re there.
But there are lots of hidden gems that most tourists miss when they visit. We recommend Villa Borghese – Rome’s answer to Central Park. It’s a haven of quiet away from the hectic beating heart of Rome, and is certain to refresh.
If you’re looking for somewhere a little different, Colombia is an accessible place to visit in the summer. It’s equatorial, so has even temperatures year round. That makes it an ideal summer destination.
There are great options for families, including exploring the Amazon rainforest – a great opportunity for your kids to learn about the environment and sustainability. July marks the final month of the dry season, so it’s perfect for hiking and exploring.
For all your culture vultures, Bogota offers a heady mix of indigenous and Spanish culture. It’s bursting with museums and art galleries.
Everybody should visit Colombia – it really is a perfect mix of a great climate, lush natural landscapes to explore and culture to immerse yourself in.
To see how ancient Colombian culture and Spanish invaders left their mark, head to the National Museum of Colombia.
To explore the Amazon, book yourself on one of the many jungle tours, that offer packages to suit families through to seasoned trekkers.
You may think of dreary grey skies and depressing drizzle when you think of England, and for much of the year, you’d be right.
But summer is a time when London really looks at its best – and gets its fair share of sunshine too. With its mix of world-class museums (many of which are free), royal parks and iconic buildings, London is one of the best places to visit in summer.
Many are put off by its pricey reputation, but there are ways of doing it on a budget.
London really has something for everyone. Most of the cultural sites have child friendly exhibits to satisfy all members of the family – they won’t even realise they’re learning.
World class cuisine and trendy hangouts will satisfy younger travellers looking for more than old buildings.
Everyone should visit the British Museum (entrance – free) at least once while in London. Far too much to see in a day, it’ll take you around the world in thousands of priceless artefacts.
Hey beach lovers, don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten you.
Visiting South East Asia in summer may seem crazy, but it’s actually a great time of year to visit Bali. It’s the dry season, meaning that you can make the most of the stunning beaches without constantly dodging rain showers.
While its definitely long-haul, there are deals to be found on Find Late Hotel, with flights usually involving a brief layover in Hong Kong, or another South East Asian hub.
It’s hard to think of a demographic that don’t enjoy white sandy beaches, warm waters, and vibrant, fresh cuisine.
If you’re travelling with kids, you’ll find many resorts are well set up, and offer activities such as bird watching, visits to volcanos and elephant safaris to fire their imagination.
You can’t visit Bali without heading for a volcano. Whether you trek or view from a boat, don’t miss out on these must see Balinese attractions.
There you have it. Summer really is the best time to hit travel gems galore, be they near or far.
When it comes to the best summer vacation spots for 2019, we don’t have a winner, because they’re all awesome.
If you want culture, head for Rome, relaxation, head for Bali, and for sites the family will never forget, you can’t beat the Grand Canyon.
Wherever you choose, make sure you get the best deal on flights and hotels with Find Late Hotel.