I love to travel, but deciding where and when can be tricky. Afterall, you don’t want to end up in the wrong city at the wrong time of year. To give you a helping hand, here’s a list of cities to visit each month of the year.
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January - Buenos Aires, Argentina
This city is one of my absolute favourites. The food. The architecture. The food. The history. The food!
I love to visit El Ateneo Grand Splendid. It's a theater turned bookstore, and it really is quite beautiful. The stage is a coffee shop, and the private stalls are reading rooms. For a history lesson, visit Recoleta Cemetary. I know this sounds strange, but the cemetery is where Argentina's greatest figures are laid to rest - Evita, for example. It is very similar to Montmartre cemetery in Paris with its well-decorated tombs.
For a day away from the city, take a train to the river market in Tigre. Here you'll pick up some fantastic home-made souvenirs. I got a suede bag from a stall a few years ago, and it's still my favourite.
P.S Don't forget to have ice cream, steak, and alfajores.
February - Sapporo, Japan
Now, this isn't the kind of travel guide where I only talk about warm places. Sapporo in February is cold. But it is also a great place to snowboard and/or ski. This month is also host to the Snow Festival, which is an incredible experience. For those not so keen on the slopes, all the tourist attractions are open. The Historical Village of Hokkaido was one of my favourites. They somehow managed to move houses of significance to one location creating an open-air museum, highlighting important events in local Japanese history.
But no matter how you spend your days, end them with a trip to an onsen or with a huge bowl of ramen.
March - Marrakesh, Morocco
If done right, Marrakesh is an amazing place to visit.
Spend your days exploring the Souks and relaxing in one of the many coffee shops. Embrace the local culture by visiting the palaces and gardens. Just be careful where you stay. We opted for a Riad in the centre of the Medina and got lost every time. In the end, we stopped going out after dark.
For those visiting from October onwards, you'll be lucky enough to visit the new YSL museum. For those planning your trip over the next few months, Jardin Majorelle is your YSL go to. The garden is so peaceful and beautiful. Plus the cafe does an amazing Tagine.
April - Havana, CubaAdmittedly, I visited Cuba at the end of August, and it was a stupid kind of hot. Though not as bad as Dubai. A number of people have since told me that April is the best time to visit as the weather is much cooler but the days are just as long, Perfect, as Havana is definitely a walking city.
There are plenty of things to see and do, but my recommendations are more practical:
May - Barcelona, Spain
This city is phenomenal. You really have to go there to see what I mean.
Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, La Rambla, La Boqueria. The list is endless. Make it your mission to explore all the Antoni Gaudi projects and to eat as much tapas as possible.
I never get bored of this place.
June - London, England
The UK gets a lot of stick for its weather, and as a Brit, I can tell you it's well justified. However, that's no reason not to visit. London is full of things to see and do. Both inside and out, depending on the rain.
The start of Spring brings out the best of this city with new exhibitions opening weekly, days lasting longer and inhabitants becoming much happier (always a bonus)
July - Cape Town, South Africa
Yes, South Africa is a little chilly this time of year, but that's nothing a jacket can't cure. It doesn't get that cold. Unless you go Shark Diving. The water is pretty cold, but it is also super clear, making for some great sightings.
Cape Town is probably one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to. Hike (or take a cable car) to the top of Table Mountain to see the city in all its glory, or visit the penguins at the Cape of Good Hope.
The cool nights are best spent drinking wine and eating steak.
August - Stockholm, Sweden
The long days and warm temperatures make August the perfect time to visit Scandinavia, but Stockholm is my favourite. I love to just walk around the city, exploring all the museums and palaces.
Make sure to learn about Viking history whilst you're there. Then feast like one!
September - New York, USA
The weather starts to cool during September, and her residents return from their summer vacations, bringing new life to the city. Mix city living with a trip to the suburbs (Long Island and The Hamptons are my favourites) to get the full NY experience.
October - Petra, JordanHonestly, any time of year is perfect for Jordan as the weather is bearable and there's always seasonal stuff going on. The water temperature is around 26 degrees meaning there's plenty of marine life including turtle and eagle rays.
Petra is your main destination but make sure to take advantage of the journey from Amman. The Red Sea and Mount Nebo are not to be overlooked.
As for Petra itself, I sometimes get a little underwhelmed when it comes to tourist attractions, but this one did not disappoint. Try to do as many of the hikes as you can and take the time to chat to the Bedouins that reside there as they have some interesting stories to tell. Most of them are too good to be true, but they are entertaining.
November - Dubai, U.A.EThe temperature finally hits perfection this month and the season officially starts with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the Rugby Sevens. Head out to the desert and experience Bedouin living or relax at one of the many beach clubs.
As you may know, Dubai has a reputation for being one of the top shopping destinations in the world. And yes, the malls are amazing (City Walk is one of my favourites) but try and head to one of the artisan markets and explore the local talent.