Planning a trip in August can be a catch-22 situation. On one hand, it’s the perfect time to escape the last of the winter chill, but on the other, it usually means most dream destinations (looking at you, Europe and North America!) are hot, heaving with crowds and heavily overpriced. With that in mind, here are seven suggestions for the best easy escapes to book next month.

Malta

France may lure you with its culture, and Italy with its cuisine, but for the best of both worlds – for a little less – consider a trip to Malta. This compact Meditteranean island is dotted with golden beaches that rival the best in more popular destinations, medieval architecture, fishing towns, filming locations from Game of Thrones (including the iconic Azure Window on Gozo island) and Popeye Village – a film set turned colourful beachside resort. Don’t forget to dedicate a night (or three) to the capital Valletta, which is overflowing with great restaurants and wine bars.

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Turkey

Instead of Greece, try Turkey.  Although Hellenic Islands – like Mykonos and Ios – are probably still packed with 20-somethings in impossibly tiny denim shorts (and an occasional destination wedding in Santorini), a trip to Turkey will deliver a similar hit of culture, coastal living and charming local hospitality. Stop by the souks of Istanbul and mosques of Ankara, add historic Troy and Gallipoli to your list, pass through party towns like Bodrum or quieter Kas, and don’t miss amazing Cappadocia – the dawn hot air balloon rides are a thoroughly enjoyable cliche!

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Pacific Islands

Year-round tropical weather, lovely locals and easy access from Australia (especially the East Coast!) mean it’s never a bad idea to visit the Pacific Islands. But a trip in August gives you just enough time to escape the end of chilly winter, and also avoid the school holiday rush that often sees families flock to Fiji in the month prior. Consider a multi-port cruise for an all-inclusive all-ages option. Or read our latest post for some excellent all-budget recommendations on the 5 South Pacific Islands you need to visit now. 

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Iceland

While most travellers head to Iceland’s capital Reykjavik in winter, to maximise their chances of catching a glimpse of the Auroras Borealis (Northern lights), during the European summer, it welcomes another natural phenomenon – The Midnight Sun. Although Iceland’s longest day of the year (the summer solstice) occurs around the 21st of June, magical evenings where the country is bathed in near-endless sunshine can be enjoyed well into August. Take advantage of long days with excursions best enjoyed in the warmth – like whale watching or mountain hiking.

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Snowy Mountains

If you’re looking for a winter escape (as opposed to escaping winter!) you won’t need to head far. In fact, at the moment, some of the most accessible snow slopes can actually be found in our own backyard. July to August is peak snow season in Australia (check out our Ultimate Ski Resort guide for inspiration), so granted prices may still be at a premium, they’re always going to be less expensive than a weekend away in St Moritz. Bonus: The end of school holidays means you may find deals from great resorts looking to fill empty rooms so keep a lookout.

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Canada

For the blueprint of a beach club created by an architectural genius, who’s also Summer in the USA may tempt travellers with a host of activities from coast to coast, but August vacationers should consider a trip to neighbouring Canada – more specifically Newfoundland. This lush island off the East Coast of the North American mainland is Canada’s fourth-largest, and during August is the prime time for experiencing some of the region’s signature activities – such as spotting humpback whales, icebergs and puffins. The month also hosts some of the best festivals of the year, including The George Street Festival and Royal St John’s Regatta.

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Cambodia

Don’t let a little drizzle rain on your parade and deter you from planning an August escape to this Southeast Asian destination. While you are likely to encounter a light morning shower if you travel to Cambodia during the 8th month of the year, the trade-off to an occasional sprinkle is cooler temperatures, lush green countryside, fewer crowds and lower prices – making this already affordable escape cheaper than ever. (Ps – Highly elevated temples mean you need not worry about the inability to access popular sites due to flooding!).

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