Picture your summer holidays: You are squashed on a hot beach, elbow to elbow with other sweaty tourists and lathered in factor 50 suntan lotion. Not your style? Here are some cooler summer destinations that allow for some breathing room...
Tromso - Norway
400kmfrom the Arctic Circle, temperatures over the summer months average at 10 degrees. It has a lively nightlife scene and more pubs per capita than any other Norwegian town. But , the main attraction are the Northern Lightsand every year tourists from around the world gather to watch the colourful display.
Reykjavik - Iceland
For those who dislike the heat, why not head to the world's most northern capital. Discover Iceland's
Viking historyin the museums and unwind in the geothermal spa, The Blue Lagoon, while surrounded by scenic countryside.
Auckland ? New Zealand
winterin the Southern Hemisphere at the moment, so this is your chance to explore this area of the world. Take a refreshing walk down the seaside promenade or wander New Zealand's oldest parkwhich features an extinct volcano.
Johannesburg - South Africa
The summers in South Africa are blisteringly hot, but from the
June to Augustthe temperatures are fairly mild, with an average of 16 degrees. South Africa's largest city is a place of cultural enrichment and was once home to Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. It goes without saying, a peek at the variety of wild animals in one of the nearby national parks should be on your list of priorities.
While perhaps somewhat ironic to put Isla Del Sol which translates as
Island of the Sunas a go-to destination in an article addressed to sun haters, now is the perfect time to visit this area. The Winter solstice is coming up and during June and July, the sunset is around 6pm. According to Inca mythology the sun God was born here and there are over 80 sites of ancient ruins to explore. Alternatively, take a cable car across La Paz, to take in the full splendor of the capital.