Summer is well and truly here and for many people that will mean school holidays and the chance to spend time with the family. Fill one of our gorgeous European villas with your favourite people or set your sights on an adventure further afield.
For something truly memorable, head to the vast wildernesses of Canada. Stay in fabulous tented accommodation, go fishing, track bears, take a helicopter to a 10,000 year old glacier or cruise the fjords and inlets of Vancouver Island. Elsewhere in North America, the USA offers national parks packed with white-water rafting, hiking, riding and camping or, for urban glamour and culture, head to New York, LA or San Francisco.
For wildlife experiences, July is one of the best times to visit less-visited but game rich Zambia where, as well as big five game drives, you can enjoy fishing on the Zambezi, canoeing through pods of hippo or walking in South Luangwa National Park, famed for its high concentrations of leopard. Perhaps the ultimate African ‘bucket list’ experiences are to be found in Tanzania, where the great wildebeest migration is in full swing, or game viewing in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, where flood waters reach their peak in June and July.
The Caribbean is only a few hours’ flight but a world away and Jamaica’s laid back vibe will be sure to put anyone in the holiday mood. Not only does it have beautiful beaches and hotels, it is the cultural heart of the Caribbean and filled with music, colour and fun.
Closer to home, the gulet season in Turkey is in full swing and is a must for anyone who has not tried it. Billowing white sails, turquoise waters and staff on hand to do the sailing and catering for you, leaving you to revel in the freedom of the seas and glorious Mediterranean coastline.