This blog post was updated on June 8, 2021.

There’s nothing that’ll make you want to get away like the middle of summer, that time of the year when the heat and humidity turns all the excitement you’d bottled up in the winter months to sweaty anticipation for fall. If it gets too hot in your hemisphere, you just need to start looking for some round trip flights south – way south – to the Southern Hemisphere. Because while summer sizzles up north, it’s winter on the other side of the Equator.

Here’s a look at five of the coolest countries you can plan to visit (or just remember for an impromptu vacation) when things get too hot.

Chile

Across the Andes from Argentina and hugging a long stretch of South America’s western coastline is Chile. The country is famous for its wines, volcanoes, vast beaches, deserts, and the dramatic landscape of Patagonia. A good base for especially scenic explorations is Punta Arenas, the biggest city south of the 46th parallel south, and the gateway to wild and remote Cape Horn. Chile gets a little chilly (averaging in the high 40s and just barely cracking 50 degrees Fahrenheit) from June to August – so after you book cheap flights in July, make sure you remember to pack up your sweaters.

Argentina

For urban chic with Latin flair, tango your way to Buenos Aires. Sure, it’s technically in South America, but it’s winter there. The daily temperature for the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world usually only dips as low as the mid-50s between June and September with sunshine all but a given. Beyond Argentina’s bustling cosmopolitan capital are the wine country of Mendoza, the rugged terrain of Patagonia, and the snow-capped Andes where you can go mountain trekking or even skiing. And if you really want to go as far south as possible, keep in mind that Argentina is the most popular starting point for expeditions to Antarctica.

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Australia

Have a g’day Down Under with a chilled-out break in Australia. Average daily temperatures stay in the high 50s to low 60s from May to September most days in the city of Sydney, a city that blends relaxed beach town vibes with happening cosmopolitan glitz. In Melbourne, Sydney’s travel rival, the thermometer usually hangs around 10 & 11 degrees Centigrade (low 50s in Fahrenheit) in June, July, and August, which is perfect for exploring the town’s vibrant culture and foodie scene.

New Zealand

If it was good enough for The Lord of the Rings trilogy, then it’s good enough for anybody seeking a vacation filled with stunning scenery, and breathtaking vistas. Plus, the average temperature falls below 55 degrees Fahrenheit after May and doesn’t go back up until October. Head to the far southwestern tip of New Zealand’s South Island for the most amazing sights, including the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, Queenstown, Lake Wanaka, Fiordland National Park, and the Milford Sound.

South Africa

Beat the heat and go on safari in South Africa when the savanna isn’t at its hottest (staying between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit) June to August, but the wildlife is still there to be seen. Kruger National Park is considered one of the best places on the planet for viewing large game. For more fun and fewer lions, consider the picturesque seaside city of Cape Town with Table Mountain as its backdrop or the winery city of Stellenbosch and its surrounding vineyards.

Which other destinations in the Southern Hemisphere do you recommend visiting during the summer? Tell us below!

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Chris Osburn is a freelance writer, photographer, consultant, curator, and the driving force behind the long running and award winning blog, tikichris.com. Originally from the American Deep South, Chris has lived and worked all over the world. He's called London home since 2001.