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12 month travel planner

 

January

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Kick off the year with a dramatic change of scenery in Vietnam. Whether you opt for a cruise down the Mekong Delta or a trek to meet hilltribes of Mai Chau, the weather here in January will make a welcome break. If you prefer a cooler climate, Antarctica is another popular destination for January travel.

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With good availability and early booking offers, January is a popular month to book Europe. For those looking further afield, it's the best time to book South Africa for December or California for summer.

 

February

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There's every chance you'll find yourself celebrating Mardi Gras in the vibrant streets of New Orleans or witnessing the first Abu Simbel Sun Festival of the year in Egypt. With good weather and a balance of exploration and relaxation, Thailand is also a perfect destination at this time of the year.

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If you're hoping to see Galápagos wildlife around Christmas and New Year, then book it by February for the best availability. Now's also the time to make sure you've got your autumn escape to India booked.

March

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In March, the already colourful India gets even more vibrant. Starting on 1 March 2018, the two-day Holi festival promises extravagant, unforgettable celebrations. We also recommend travelling to Morocco, where the comfortable temperature is complimented by the blooming spring flowers in the Atlas Mountains.

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The buzz for Japan's cherry blossom begins in April, so make sure you get your 2019 trip booked in before the rush. For fewer crowds and an alternative take on Japan, visit in the fall and see a kaleidoscope of autumnal colours.

April

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If you've always dreamed of traversing the Great Wall, then April is the ideal time to do it. The great weather conditions in China mean it's a great month to travel. Japan's cherry blossom also adds to Asia's popularity in April. The landscape is filled with colour and the atmosphere is beautiful as the spring is welcomed in.

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By this time of the year, Kenya is booking up fast for travel in the peak period of July to October. Hawaii is also great for some winter sun, but after this point availability can be a struggle. 

May

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Bear watching in Canada is high on many a bucket list. May gives you the best opportunity to spots some cubs and at this time of year the country's wildflowers are all on display. If you're looking for sunshine and relaxation, May is a good time to fly to the Caribbean. The weather is generally dry, hotels are less crowded and there are always amazing offers.

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If you miss out on some Caribbean sunshine in May, then you can still make sure you get the Seychelles booked for a break in autumn.  

June

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Southern Europe is undoubtedly most popular in July and August, but June is our favourite month. The weather is ideal, there are less tourists and prices tend to be lower. If you're looking for a longer break, then Peru is also great in June. The mornings bring clear viewings of Machu Picchu and you can move on to Mancora for the whale migration.

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Don't miss out in 2018. Get Iceland booked in advance for winter, the best time of the year to catch a glimpse of the sublime northern lights.

July

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Travel to Tanzania to witness the Great Migration on the move northward. This time of year, you can enjoy a cooler, more comfortable temperature. July is also a good month for wildlife in Sri Lanka, particularly in the Yala National Park where you can see leopard, elephant and the endangered sloth bears.

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We've all seen Sydney's epic New Year celebrations. Why not be there yourself this year? Book in July so you don't miss out.

August

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August is the best time of year to explore northern Australia. Dive around the Great Barrier Reef, swim with whale sharks in Ningaloo Reef, see the dramatic gorges of the Kimberleys and discover Aboriginal history at Kakadu National Park. If you don't want to travel so far, Italy's Palio horse race takes place in Siena on the 16 August.

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Summer in the UK is starting to draw to a close, so give yourself some sun to look forward to and book a winter break in the Maldives.

September

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Botswana sees high concentrations of elephant and buffalo around waterholes in September, making it an ideal time to view lion and other predators on the hunt. There's also an incredible number of bird species visible across the landscape as migrant birds return to their winter grounds. Choose between its delta wetlands and glorious deserts.

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If you're running low on annual leave, then use what's left wisely and book a city break. However, if you've been saving up your days then North Africa and Middle East holidays are perfect for catching some winter sun.

October

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The days are getting shorter and the temperature is dropping. It's the perfect time to get a dose of vitamin D. Travel to the Seychelles in October for the best chances of seeing whale shark. Plus, the hawksbill turtle are starting to lay their eggs on the shore. Other wildlife here includes giant tortoise and 12 endemic bird species.  
      
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Bear watching is popular and notorious for getting booked up early. To avoid disappointment, make sure you've booked your Canada holiday for summer 2019.  

November

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This time of year, everyone's crying out for a holiday. Let the spectacular celebrations of Diwali brighten up your days. It's the perfect excuse for making your way to India for a cultural immersion you'll never forget. In 2018, the festival starts on the 7 November and it normally carries on for five days. Maldives is also popular for November travellers hungry for sunny beaches.

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Book Cambodia for travel in January and February, when the weather's perfect for visits to the impressive Angkor complex and excursions into the jungle.

December

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For wildlife enthusiasts, December is a great time to visit South Africa. However, if you would rather embrace the colder weather then head to Iceland for wintry adventures and the best opportunity for northern light sightings. Across Europe the festivities have started, and cities are full of Christmas cheer and sparkle. Wherever you go, you'll experience warm welcomes from the locals and generous helpings of winter feasts.

What to book...
Everywhere! Book in December to avoid the January rush. You won't regret it. Plus, many airline sales start towards the end of month.