Every month here at AVIS Inspires we showcase the best places to visit. Here are our favourite holiday destinations for August.
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Montauk, The Hamptons
A prime party spot for New Yorkers during the summer months, Montauk is the place to be on weekends throughout August. With a population of just over three thousand, the beach resort is one of the most famous hamlets in the United States. The town is located at the tip of the South Fork peninsula of Long Island, East Hampton, and is crammed full of bed and breakfasts, restaurants and hotels. This sets Montauk apart from many areas of the Hamptons, which are just made up of private properties.
In addition to beautiful coastline, top notch fishing, and beaches within a day’s drive from New York, the area is also home to six state parks. Make sure to take a walk to Montauk Point Lighthouse, the oldest of its kind in New York State.
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A Boat Safari In Botswana
If you’re longing for a more adventurous destination this summer, why not consider Botswana? August is one of the best months to go on a boat safari in the Okavango Delta.
A unique alternative to a traditional game drive vehicle or safari by foot, the boat safari allows you to view the wildlife from the water. There are various boats available for safaris. The traditional form of transport in the Okavango Delta is a dugout canoe or ‘mokoro’. The crafts are traditionally carved from large trees, however with the surge of tourism in the area, artificial mokoros are now used, in order to preserve the environment. Safaris can also be enjoyed in more modern motorboats and houseboats, with dining and safari combinations available.
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Drive Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way
For a very different view, head to the west coast of Ireland. The Wild Atlantic Way is one of the most awe-inspiring coastal road trips in the world. Running from County Donegal to Cork, the winding drive spans 1550 miles. The route takes around three weeks to enjoy properly, and is recommended from South to North if you’d prefer to be on the coastal side of the road for photo opportunities.
Make sure to stop at Mizen Head in County Cork, Clogher Head on Slea Head Drive, and Kylemore Abbey along the way. Sunset over the Cliffs of Moher comes highly recommended, and if you have time, it’s worth spending a day or two on the Aran Islands. We recommend you hire a small to medium vehicle as some sections of the road can prove quite tight.
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Colombia may not have the best reputation of all the South American countries, but its northern city of Cartegena is a true gem in the crown of the Caribbean coast. A beautiful maze of 16th century cobblestone streets, colonial buildings and plazas, the walled Old Town allows you to step back in time. High up on the Hill of San Lazaro is the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, renowned as the greatest fortress ever built by the Spaniards.
For those less bothered by history and architecture, the city is also well known for its beaches, and is just a few hours drive away from Santa Marta – the starting point for most adventurers keen to explore Colombia’s Lost City or ‘Ciudad Perdida’. The remote six-day trek is often compared to the Inca Trail, taking visitors through the jungle to the remains of a city built between the eighth and fourteenth century.
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Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Words will never quite do Fringe justice. For almost an entire month, the city of Edinburgh is transformed. Fliers and posters cover the streets, and every bar, café and bookshop with a spare room in the area suddenly becomes an impromptu comedy venue. Offering comedy, drama, music, dance and cabaret, the city is alive with the arts, and home to up to 400,000 tourists across the month. The event is the largest arts festival in world, with around 50,000 performances in 300 different temporary venues.
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Consistently voted one of the most beautiful islands in the world, Maui is the kind of destination that dreams are made of. The island truly has something to offer everyone.
Drive along the Road to Hana for endless waterfalls, ocean cliffs and breath-taking scenery. Take a helicopter flight over Maui, and explore the hidden gems the island has to offer. Grab a bike, and cycle from the top of Haleakala down to the base of the volcano. Or if you’d rather just lounge around on idyllic sands, pay a visit to Makena Beach on the south side of the island.
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Explore The Castles Of Jersey
For an island holiday closer to home, look no further than the Channel Islands. Just an hour’s flight from London, Jersey is the largest of the islands and a hive of history. Perfect for a weekend break, the island spans just nine miles by five, but is home to multiple castles. Sitting atop of the beautiful fishing village of Gorey is the Mont Orgueil Castle. It is one of the most impressive examples of a medieval castle in the world. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Castle stands on a tidal island in St Aubin’s Bay. Head out to the castle on an amphibious ferry, or walk along the causeway at low tide instead.
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For a city break with a difference, why not head over to Singapore? August is a month of celebration for the city. Not only is it the end of Ramadan, but August 9th is Singapore’s National Day – a day of fly-bys, military parades and fireworks displays. And then there is the Hungry Ghost Festival, a traditional festival celebrated by the Singapore Chinese. The Taoist Chinese believe that the gates of Hell are opened during the 7th month of the Chinese lunar calendar, and the spirits of the dead are released to roam the Earth. Celebrations take place in the form of outdoor concerts, designed to please the hungry ghosts. Whilst most of the audience is living, the front row is always left empty for the ghosts.
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