The month of June is here and no longer are the days pleasant. It is always too hot and humid to go out whether during the day or at night time. June is also the month of summer break and thus the ideal time to go on a holiday, explore the world and witness new cultures. During this month, countries prepare themselves for the tourist season and the most happening things like unique festivals and cultural events take place.
Take a break from your routine life, pack a bag and travel to one of these countries that are ideal to visit in the month of June:
Japan is the world's tenth most populated country in the world and has a culture which is very distinct. This island country lies in the Pacific Ocean and is also known as the " Land of the Rising Sun". It has a dark past and since then has outlawed war, only using their military for self-defence and peacekeeping purposes. Japan is also a very popular tourist destination. People from across the world visit this nation, fascinated by its food, modern technology and world-famous cinema. Japan is home to 20 World Heritage sites and iconic landmarks like Mount Fuji. Japan is absolutely beautiful during the month of June with the cherry blossoms in full bloom around the architecturally unique structures of Japan. The temperature ranges between 30 degree Celsius and the rains reach many parts of Japan, making it the perfect weather to visit hot spring resorts like Hakone. You can also visit the island of Hokkaido and explore its unspoiled natural beauty by indulging in hiking, cycling, or walks. It doesn't rain here, and the beautiful picturesque surroundings are a sight to sore eyes. It also hosts the annual Yosakoi Soran Festival in which traditional dance and music are showcased. June is the month when the Otaue Rice Planting Festival also takes place in Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine in Osaka. Sanno Festival is another popular festival that takes place in central Tokyo. Japan excels in a lot of areas like education, literature, animation, and has a lot to offer to tourists visiting the country.
Located in Northern Europe, Finland is a Nordic country which is inhabited by only 5 million people approximately. It is home to thousands of lakes and islands, and the effects of the Ice Age can still be seen on its landscape which is mostly flat. It houses the fourth largest lake in Europe, Saimaa and has a large green cover. June is an ideal time to visit Finland. The winters in the country are extremely cold, with the country being covered in a thick blanket of snow and temperature dropping to as low as -30 degree Celsius. June is a time when the weather is pleasant and temperatures range from 15 to 30 degree Celsius. The southern parts of the country only experience twilight for two months, it is never night time, hence earning Finland the name 'Land of the Midnight Sun'. The Midnight Sun Film Festival takes place in Sodankyla for 5 days during the second week of June where you can catch some hidden gems. You can also indulge in sailing, go to music festivals or rent out a summer lakeside cottage and enjoy the natural beauty of Finland's countryside.
Situated in the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is an island nation which has a rich biodiversity. It is a former British colony, and today, it stands as a developed nation and offers a good quality of life, education and health. New Zealand comprises hundreds of islands, many of which lie uninhabited. It has a varied landscape which consists of the iconic Southern Alps, lakes, volcanoes, and a big coastline. The month of June in New Zealand is unlike anywhere else because it is winter here. It is the time when it generally snows with temperatures ranging from 1 to 15 degree Celsius. It is the perfect time to go on long walks, cycling and skiing during the daytime. You can go on hikes in Auckland as the winters are not harsh in this part of the country. One should definitely take a dip in the naturally heated hot pools and indulge in the citrus fruits as they are in abundance in Hawke's Bay. New Zealand's Matariki Festival also takes place during the months of June and July. It is a culturally significant festival which celebrates the arrival of Maori New Year with and is celebrated differently in different parts of New Zealand. No matter where you are in New Zealand, you can be part of the celebrations of this one of its kind winter festival.
Peru is a Spanish speaking country in South America and is home to a rich variety of flora and fauna. Every part of Peru is different in terms of landscape, being surrounded by either beaches, Andes mountain ranges, Amazon river or rainforests. It was the land of the Inca Empire and a Spanish colony in the 16th century and today, it has a rich culture showcased through its people who belong to various ethnicities. While in Peru, you can explore the diverse culture of this nation. You can pay a visit to the colonial structures in the capital city of Lima, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Machu Picchu and the city of Cusco and if you enjoy being outside, don't forget to visit the breathtakingly beautiful Sacred Valley and the thrilling Peruvian Amazon.
The best time to visit Peru is during winters i.e. the months of June to September when the temperature remains between 15 to 20 degree Celsius. Although due to the varied landscape, every part experiences a different winter, either very dry or one filled with mist. June is also the month when the festival of the Inca Empire called Inti Raymi in honour of god Inti takes place in Cusco. Also, the San Juan festival takes place in Amazon in honour of Saint John the Baptist. You can be a part of the festivities and parades and experience the rich Peruvian culture.
England is known for the Royal Kingdom, the English Premier League, the Beatles, and Shakespeare. It has a rich history and had produced greats works of literature, art, and genius writers like Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and Shakespeare. Today, England is the most populous country in the United Kingdom and is also the most sought after because of its educational institutes. England houses some of the most iconic structures like the Canterbury Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. It doesn't get scorching in this region, especially in June when the temperature does not exceed 20 degree Celsius. The month of June and it's beautiful sunny days are the perfect time to explore the cuisine of England by visiting Yorkshire, the beautiful countryside of Cotswolds or the Cosmopolitan city of London. June is the month of music festivals like Wild Life Festival in Brighton featuring prominent artists, the fun-filled Festival of the Sea at the Isle of Wight and Carnival at the Hertford Castle in Herefordshire.
Turkey is a country in Eurasia, surrounded by seas on three sides which is known for the mighty Ottoman Empire. Turkey is a secular state where the majority of the population is Muslim, followed by people affiliated with no religion and then Christians. In the recent years, Turkey has experienced a boom in tourism, attracting people from across the world. You can explore its 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and many cities which lie in ruins but are centuries old like Mardin, Alahan Monastery, Ani and the ghost town of Kayakoy. There is also a heavy Greek influence in the country as it was ruled by Alexander the Great. You must also pay a visit to scenic Lake Van, the largest lake in the country, take the famous hot air balloon tour over Cappadocia and indulge in the popular Turkish coffee.
Turkey is a truly beautiful and culturally diverse nation. It has a very varied landscape and thus each area experience a different weather at one point of time. During the month of June, the maximum temperature usually lingers around 30 degree Celsius, but it can drop to 9 degree Celsius in some areas. June is the month when the ultimate three day festival of Cappadox takes place in Cappadocia which combines music, art exhibitions, yoga, nature, etc. to give you an unforgettable experience.
Denmark is another Nordic nation that is a perfect June holiday destination. Popular for being the pioneers of Lego, Denmark offers a good quality of life, education and healthcare. It is known for having the least income inequalities and giving civil liberties and human development the utmost importance. Denmark consists of hundreds of islands and has a landscape which comprises plains, sandy beaches, forests and rivers. Summers in Denmark is beautiful, and one can spend them in the Danish beaches of Sondervig in West Jutland, or go fishing, windsurfing, kayaking in the Klitmoller Bay in North Jutland, take a dip in the sea, or rent a summer house and enjoy the countryside. In June, one of the biggest music festivals of Denmark, NorthSide takes place in Aarhus. You can also witness or take part in Aarhus Pride parade, celebrating Denmark's diversity and being the first country to recognise LGBTQ rights in the world.
Malaysia, a country in Southeast Asia is a popular tourist destination. The country capital, Kuala Lumpur is visited by many honeymooners and also tourists from around the world mainly for its iconic twin towers. Malaysia is former British Colony and now stands as a federal nation under the constitutional monarchy. Malaysia has a lot to offer and has a multitude of places to see. It has a unique flora and fauna and is a perfect place for nature lovers. It is home to the Malayan tiger, oriental pied hornbills, proboscis monkey, and hawksbill sea turtle which are found only in Malaysia and has huge forests covers which are around 130 million years old. When in Malaysia, you must try out its national dishes of teh tarik (hot milk based tea) and Nasi lemak (a rice dish cooked by immersing in coconut milk).
The month of June experience rains and the temperature lingers around 30 degree Celsius. During this time, you can visit the islands of Pulau Perhentian Kecil and Pulau Perhentian Besar, the lush green Cameron Highlands or indulge in water activities like snorkelling. Malaysia is a culturally diverse nation has something for everyone's liking.
Italy is most commonly associated with Italian food and its diverse styles of architecture. Italy is a sovereign nation and the birthplace of the Renaissance and gave the world influential figures like Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Petrarch, Dante, Galileo Galilei, and Machiavelli. Even today, you can find remnants of different eras in structures like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Colosseum in Rome, Milan Cathedral of Milan and the fascinating islands of the city of Venice.
During June, Italy experiences the summer season, and the temperature remains between 20 to 24 degree Celsius. The days are beautiful and perfect to explore like the food of Naples, the island of Sicily, the beautiful landscape of Cinque Terre and Amalfi Coast, and lush green countryside of Tuscany. The biggest and the oldest event of Italy, the Festival of San Giovanni takes place during the end of June on the Lake Como. This is the ultimate festival if food, dancing, music and of course, fireworks.
Spain, the fourth largest country in European, is a nation obsessed with football. It was once one of the biggest Empires and is now a highly developed and economically progressive country. The country of Spain is surrounded by high mountains and rivers and has a varied and rich biodiversity. The climate of Spain varies from one place to another. In the month of June, Spain experiences the summer season and the temperature usually remains around 30 degree Celsius. This is the perfect time to visit the world-renowned beaches of Spain, the coastal towns of Costa del Sol and Costa Brava and at night, experience the thrilling nightlife of Madrid. You must try out the Spanish cuisine and indulge in wine tourism, exploring the vineyards and centuries-old wine cellars of Spain. June is the month when the exciting, fun-filled and unique Battle of Wine takes place in Haro in Northern Spain where wine is poured on one another from buckets. What better way to experience the culture of a country than by being part of its festivities.
If you are planning a trip in the month of June, add these countries to your bucket list to make the most of your vacation.