We can't believe we're already talking about this, but the reality is that summer will be over before we know it. As bittersweet as back-to-school season and that period of time when pumpkin spice lattes start popping up on coffee shop menus can be, there's still a little bit of time left to mark travel off your (hopefully-dwindling) summer bucket list. August offers 31 days — that's 744 hours — of travel time, which should be fully taken advantage of by those who have been longing for a summer holiday.
To help travellers figure out where they should jet off to during the last full month of summer, we asked travel influencers to share their August destination recommendations. Ahead, each influencer suggests August-friendly spots to visit as well as what to do when summer travellers arrive. Check it out and book before autumn interrupts.
"For an August getaway filled with amazing food, amazing weather, and a glorious mix of town, beach, and country living, I'd recommend visiting Puglia in Southern Italy. Apulia is a richly varied region, and its hot August weather is perfect for sightseeing in historical villages and taking a dip in crisp blue Mediterranean waters.
Stay in a local Masseria (farmhouse) and rent a car to make the most of your stay. From Polignano-a-Mare's craggy seascape to the charming trulli (round stone houses) in the UNESCO-protected town of Alberobello, a summer trip to Puglia will change your life. If you'd like to see my Puglia itinerary, head to my blog
. — Mel of illumelation
"An amazing place to travel in August is Aruba
. Aruba is approximately 69 square miles, which makes it an easy island to get around if you are more of an explorer.
"For the best ever seafood, check out ZeeRovers. There is no menu. You eat the catch of the day. It is fried fresh per order, and you pay based on the weight of the catch. You want something a little more formal? What about dinner in bed? Check out Screaming Eagle Restaurant
, where you literally are served dinner in beds. This is great for a bae-cation.
Eagle Beach, which is located more in the tourist hub, is pretty. Baby Beach is a bit off-the-beaten-path, but it is absolutely stunning. You must check out Flamingo and Iguana Island
(Renaissance Private Island), where you will be in the company of the most beautiful flamingoes. You can feed them and take a lot of pictures for the 'gram! By night, there are countless outdoor parties featuring great bands for you to choose from. Enjoy!" — Nikki of Nikki World Boss
Tel Aviv, Israel
"You're probably wondering why anyone would ever suggest to go to the Middle East during one of the hottest months of the year, but the reason is that it's going to be hot there no matter what, so you might as well go somewhere with a gorgeous beach where you can cool off after a long day of exploring.
Tel Aviv is the cosmopolitan centre of Israel, a street art capital, and a foodie hotspot. You can't go wrong with trying a variety of cuisines around the city, but visit Miznon for amazing pitta bread filled with any kind of meat or vegetable you could ever want and fabulous grilled cauliflower. Catch a graffiti tour to learn the history behind all the eclectic art covering the city's walls. If you like historical places, visit the old neighbourhood of Jaffa and walk around the port. End your day down at the boardwalk where there's miles of beach to choose from for a swim and a tan." — Sam of Some Call Me Adventurous
Manhattan Beach & Hermosa Beach, California
"If summer were a city, it would be Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach. Known as the 'South Bay' of Los Angeles, these beach cities are quintessential California. While tourists flock to the popular beaches of Santa Monica, Venice, and Malibu, the South Bay is where the locals hang. These charming oceanfront communities have miles of beachfront walking and biking paths, some of the best surf in Los Angeles, and delectable dining. Most of all, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach are the mecca of beach volleyball, hosting various AVP tournaments, Smackfest, and the 'Six Man' volleyball tournament.
While there are plenty of activities in the South Bay, Manhattan Beach's culinary scene is on the rise. Chef David LeFevre is the genius chef behind local favourites Manhattan Beach Post, Fishing with Dynamite, and Arthur J. There's also the minimalist six-seat sushi restaurant, Sushi-Inaba that's worthy of a Michelin-star (and just might receive it this year!)" — Collette & Scott of Roamaroo
"Looking for somewhere filled with amazing cuisine, palm trees, and more? Look no further than the beaches of South India in Goa. As the queen of off-season, August is a great time to consider testing out the waters. Although August is the end of Monsoon season, there are plenty of things to enjoy and have a memorable time. Cheaper pricing for bookings in the cutest huts and/or hotels."
"Go trekking on plenty of trails or rent a scooter for less than £5 a day. India is known for its never-ending festivals, and monsoon season does not change that. If rain doesn't scare you, give Goa a chance, and you won't regret it." — Kae of The Polka Dot Traveler