Travel Planning Tips
Making sure you arrive at the right time of year can make all the difference between a great honeymoon holiday or a disappointingly wet one. And while the skies are not always blue in the tropics, rainfall typically occurs during the late afternoon leaving the rest of the day sunny with clear skies.
If you are planning a long haul trip, just remember that seasons reverse between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres: i.e. winter in Europe is summer in Australia and the South Pacific, and vice versa; mid-winter in Australia is July and August – the peak summer holiday in Europe!
– The Northern Hemisphere contains all of Europe, North America, Central America and the Caribbean as well as around two thirds of Africa, a small slice of South America and the majority of Asia, excluding Indonesia.
Tropical regions in the Northern Hemisphere are typically hot all year and experience a rainy season during the summer months and a cooler dry season in the winter months. Temperate regions, such as Europe, experience four distinct seasons annually.
– The Southern Hemisphere lies south of the equator and contains Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific islands, South America, the southern half of Africa and most of Indonesia.
Due to the earth’s rotation relative to the sun, summer lasts from December to March and winter from June to September; vice versa in the Northern Hemisphere.
Typically in the Southern Hemisphere, summer (December to March) is hot, wet and humid, while winter (June to September) is warm, dry and sunny with mainly clear skies.
Good weather also brings in crowds and peak season pricing. Unless your budget is bottomless, you may want to consider travelling during the off-peak and shoulder seasons to take advantage of less-crowded beaches as well as discounted prices in airfares and hotel rooms.
Shoulder seasons typically lie between the wet and dry seasons in the tropics and during late spring and early autumn in temperate climate destinations such as the Mediterranean.
Note: Our weather guide is produced from meteorological data sourced from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in addition to data sourced from the meteorology departments of countries around the world.