The kids are on school holidays, Honeymooners are departing the UK shores in their droves and the rest of us are keen for an escape should the British summer not quite go to plan weather-wise…
Here's the Original Travel guide to 'What's Hot' (literally), this summer.
OK so you can't entirely avoid the rain in the rainforest, but travelling in our summer months will prevent the weather from putting a dampener (sorry) on any outdoorsy plans. Drift down the Kinabatangan River in Borneo to spot Pygmy Elephant and bulbous-nosed Proboscis Monkeys accompanied by a chorus of birdsong and the gentle put-put of the engine, or explore the rainforest on foot in search of birds, lizards and of course orangutan in the heart of the Danum Valley. Pair this adventure with a luxury beach break to really enjoy the ten hours of sunshine per day - and temperatures pushing 30 degrees.
Having shaken off its winter ski coat, Canada is open for business again come June. Head west for an epic road trip, winding your way from Calgary (travel in mid July to coincide with the world-famous Calgary Stampede) to the coast. The glacier-fed lakes of Banff National Park glow a startling turquoise in the summer sun while the mountainous enclave of Whistler swaps piste for petals in summer, as the slopes give way to wildflower blooms. Sunshine is also the perfect condiment to compliment a tour of Vancouver city's buzzing food truck scene before travelling on to Vancouver Island; summer is primetime for grizzly bear and migrating minke whale sightings.
While Inca Trail permits are snaffled within hours of their release, you do not have to put your Machu Picchu dreams on hold just yet. We're privy to a handful of very comfortable lodges which are located along the ancient Salkantay and Lares trekking routes, both of which wind their way toward Machu Picchu. Spend days hiking through Andean villages and over mountain passes, stopping to rest each night in community-run lodges for a well-earned snooze. After all of that hiking, you'll be in desperate need of refuelling so be sure to spend a few nights in capital Lima, which is currently undergoing somewhat of a gastronomic-boom.
Minimal rainfall and maximum temperatures during our summer make Indonesia - and particularly the island of Bali - quite the Honeymoon hotspot. A plethora of spoiling spa hotels, delicious dining spots and beautiful beaches combine to create the perfect summer break à deux, while cookery lessons, cycling tours, snorkelling trips and family-friendly surf make it the ideal spot to pack the kids with the kit during the summer hols. Those looking to explore further afield can visit ancient Buddhist monuments in Java, the idyllic isles and endemic wildlife of the Komodo Islands or the ancient animist island of Sumba, too.
June sees somewhat of a bottleneck in the annual Great Migration, as thousands of wildebeest get held up at the Grumeti River before dipping a tentative hoof in and crossing en masse for the best chance of croc-avoidance. As we move into July and August the herds move north through the Serengeti and into the territory of some of our favourite Tanzanian safari camps; for the best chance of tracking the Great Migration opt for a Mobile Safari Camp, designed to pack up and move on with the herds throughout the season (but not during your stay). After all that excitement you best head to the beach and no country does 'Bush & Beach' as elegantly as Tanzania. Hit the powder soft sand of Zanzibari shores for some well earned R&R.
We're spoilt for choice in our home continent, as mother Earth finally blesses us with some much welcome sunshine (fingers crossed) from June to September. While France, Spain, Portugal, Italy etc. etc. all stack up in the sunshine stakes, it's Greece which steals the top spot for a summer sunshine break. Take the family to the white sandy shores of Halkidiki where some exceptional family friendly hotels are on hand to keep little ones occupied for hours on end, explore the boutique hotels, ancient monuments and vineyards (yes, really) of the beautiful Peloponnese, or head into the high-lands and take a break from the heat as you explore the spectacular mountainous scenery and orthodox monasteries or Epirus and Meteora.