Well, here we are in the middle of summer, that time of the season when the heat and humidity turns all the excitement you’d bottled up in the winter months to sweaty anticipation for fall. If it’s too hot in your hemisphere, you just need to head 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 visit this time of year.
For urban chic with Latin flair, tango your way to Buenos Aires. Sure, it’s technically 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 is 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 – the most southerly point of Argentina to be exact – is the most popular starting point for expeditions to Antarctica.
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 for you Fahrenheit) in June, July, and August, which is perfect for exploring the town’s vibrant culture and foodie scene.
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 pack a sweater.
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, breathtaking vistas, and average temperatures that fall below 55 degrees Fahrenheit after May and don’t go back up until October. Make for the far southwestern tip of New Zealand‘s South Island for the most amazing sights, including the Fox and Franz Joseph Glaciers, Queenstown, Lake Wanaka, Fiordland National Park, and the Milford Sound.
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 big 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.
Figure out how much it’ll cost to for you to get to one of these destinations to cool down when it’s too hot at home!