When you travel in July, it can be tough to avoid high prices and crowds. But it’s not impossible!
These destinations will let you enjoy the summer weather and activities (beaches and water sports, anyone?) without breaking the bank or dealing with the hordes of summer travelers.
So here are the best destinations to visit in July!
I’m amazed that Bulgaria has managed to stay off the European travel radar. Bulgaria is a premier wine destination, has some of Europe’s best monasteries, and boasts incredible hikes and ancient Roman ruins. Yet it’s still a relatively cheap and the off-the-beaten-path destination.
Bulgaria’s culture, food, landmarks, parks, and landscape blew me away! So if you want a European summer vacation, head to this Eastern European gem!
When you think about the Mediterranean in July, you probably picture crowded beaches and sky-high prices. But Corsica is still a relatively off-the-beaten-path destination in the Mediterranean with lower rates and tourist numbers.
While everyone else heads to the bustling beaches of Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, and Croatia, you can visit Corsica’s laid-back white beaches and still-wild-looking inland forests and mountains.
The Catskills, New York
If you want a New England retreat in July, then The Catskills are for you! The Catskills has become more than just the setting for the movie Dirty Dancing. It’s now a more laid-back and more budget-friendly alternative to the Hamptons.
You can visit the site where Woodstock was held, and July hosts the Grey Fox Blue Grass Festival and the Mountain Brauhaus Festival.
Accommodation ranges from A-frame tents under the stars to luxury hotels, so there’s an option for every budget and preference.
July is the very beginning of the country’s peak season, so prices and tourist numbers will increase throughout the month. But this is the cheapest and least-busy time of year when you can still experience the Great Migration.
This is also the beginning of the dry season, so wildlife will be easier to spot around the water holes, and the weather won’t be sweltering yet.
I can’t believe Romania isn’t a more popular and expensive destination. The country’s castles are as spectacular as France’s, its hikes are as amazing as Germany’s, and its coastlines along the Black Sea are as beautiful as some Mediterranean beaches.
July is a peak travel month for Romania, but you’ll still encounter a fraction of the crowds and costs of Western and Central European destinations during this month.
Curaçao is one of the Caribbean ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao) that are conveniently located outside of the hurricane zone. Because most people think July is a no-go month for the Caribbean, this island will have fewer crowds, relatively inexpensive rates, and fantastic weather.
What distinguishes Curaçao from Aruba and Bonaire is its distinctly European vibe. Colorful Dutch houses and colonial-style buildings are found throughout the island. If you want an island with culture and personality, then this is a destination for you!
July is a peak travel month for Canada, and this is the most expensive destination on this list, but it’s worth coming here this month because of the city’s trio of high-profile festivals.
In July, Montreal hosts the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Just for Laughs, and the International Circus Arts Festival. These are all must-experience-at-least-once-in-your-lifetime events, and you can experience them all in July!
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