Top Value (Last Minute) Travel Destinations for Spring & Summer 2015

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Top Value (Last Minute) Travel Destinations for Spring & Summer 2015

There are certain destinations that feature low season rates in spring and early summer whilst they still have great weather (neither too hot nor too cold), are not overcrowded with high season tourists, and allow the Globetrotter to take advantage of trips that offer superb value for dollar.

The iconic Ayers Rock in the Northern Territory, Australia

1. AUSTRALIA
Spring and summer are ideal times to visit Queensland, the Northern Territory, and much of Western Australia. In fact there are many tourist destinations that are only open in the Aussie Winter. In Queensland it is dry season, the jellyfish that hug much of the coast are gone and the temperatures are still what most of us in North America consider warm or even hot. In Darwin and surrounding areas, it is actually the dry season and the best time to visit the Top End. It’s also a great time to visit other parts of the Northern Territory, and the only time of year to go and see the whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia. Although Sydney is found further south, in the state of New South Wales, it never really gets cold and is a thriving cosmopolitan destination year round.

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Beijing China at the Imperial City north gate
Beijing China at the Imperial City north gate

2. CHINA
The best times to visit China are, without a doubt, the spring and fall, and the best way to travel in China is with a small group or private car and driver. Both will afford you fast access to sights than can be very busy, and help you navigate your way through a country where very little English is spoken. The small group (less than 20) is ideal for those looking for like-minded travellers to interact with, as well as great value for dollar in savings. You have to be careful in choosing your China tour as many trips cater to 30 and as many as 45 tourists, all packed on big touring coaches – meaning more waiting and less seeing.

If you prefer to travel on your own, why not consider our 11-Day Tail of the Dragon tour. This itinerary, which offers daily departures, visits the essentials such as the Great Wall and Forbidden City in Beijing, and Xian’s Terracotta Army. It then takes you deeper into this amazing country, discovering beautiful Guilin and the Li River.

 

Maori dancers
Maori dancers, New Zealand

3. NEW ZEALAND
April and May still afford mild to warm weather in New Zealand and fantastic low season pricing. One of the most fun and economical ways to explore Aeotearoa (Maori name for New Zealand, meaning island of the long white cloud) is via motorhome. Both islands lend themselves beautifully to the outdoor experience. The distances are pretty short from place to place and the caravan parks, as the locals call them, have loads of services on offer. Most regions of New Zealand offer weekly farmers’ markets full of locally grown and produced foods that you can stock up on for gourmet picnics. Of course don’t forget the world-renowned wine regions on both the North and the South Islands. Check out this video for a quick look at a day in the life on the road in the Coromandel Peninsula.

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Sundowners on a game drive, Kariega Private Game Reserve
Sundowners on a game drive, Kariega Private Game Reserve

4. SOUTH AFRICA
May is one of the least expensive times to visit South Africa and is perfect in many ways. The Southern Hemisphere Autumn in April and May brings cooler temperatures and perfect conditions for hiking, game viewing and beachcombing. Goway has negotiated some almost-too-good-to-be-true options. There has never been a less expensive time to explore this culturally vibrant country with so much to offer all travellers!

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Enjoying the warm breezes of Tahiti
Relax in Tahiti

5. TAHITI
There is actually never a bad weather time to go to Tahiti and her islands. The weather is pretty much perfect all year round. There is slightly more rain in the traditional winter months but it never really rains for long. By April and May the dry season arrives and honeymoon season would still be a month away. In the off season months, hotels often include meals or offer pay stays to entice you to visit. Plus, believe it or not, Tahiti is not just for couples and even offers great adventure.