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The 5 Best Places to Travel in June
The 5 Best Places to Travel in June

If there is a single month on the calendar that we look forward to more than any other, it’s June. June just feels like vacation, and is there any better feeling than that?

School is out. The sun is shining. Wedding season is in full swing. The beach is calling your name. And countless gorgeous destinations around the globe are getting ready to welcome the influx of visitors that the onslaught of summer brings. Brainstorming June vacation ideas is a great way to stay positive and have something to look forward to.

Of course, traveling during peak tourist season has its perks and its downfalls. Vacationing in glorious weather when hospitality around the globe is fully-staffed does generally mean higher prices and bigger crowds. But with June offering so many exciting international festivals and events, it’s hard to pass up the smorgasbord of opportunity. But while many of the best places to visit in June may be hot commodities, there are still plenty of lesser-known locales that you should consider for your summer trip.

From the cosmopolitan to the utterly intrepid, here are five of the best places to travel in June:


1. The 2018 World Cup – Russia

If you want to be where the entire world will be watching this summer, head to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Held across a dozen cities in Russia’s westernmost half, the world’s most prestigious soccer tournament has never been held on such a vast amount of space before. Not only does this tournament offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit several of Russia’s lesser-known and fascinating cities, but this is also a time when tourist infrastructure in Russia will be at its best. With lifted visa restrictions and free train travel between for ticket-holders, the 2018 World Cup is the perfect chance to see one of the world’s most fascinating countries and most exciting athletic events all in one trip. The legendary Russian hospitality is certain not to disappoint.

Interesting Facts You Never Knew About Moscow

Ancient and ultra-modern converge in Moscow, Russia’s bustling capital city.

But how is the weather? The vast country of Russia may be a dark and frigid tundra for 8 months of the year, but the trade-off is summers that are beautifully mild with many hours of daylight. June in St. Petersburg means more than 18 hours of sun per day, giving visitors plenty of time to explore. These White Nights, as they are called, are celebrated in St. Petersburg with nightly opera and ballet performances. Plus, Russian schools are still in session during June, meaning you won’t be competing with locals at the more popular attractions. In addition to cities filled with cosmopolitan sites like museums, monuments, incredible dining, nightlife, and music venues, gigantic Russia offers incredible hiking and nature. Make sure to take a trip out to the Russian countryside, where you can rent a dacha and maybe catch a glimpse of the mysterious Russian soul.

russian dacha

Summers at the dacha in the Russian countryside. Jonas Bendikson/Nat. Geo.


2. Beijing, China

With a metropolitan population of nearly 25 million, China’s capital city may not seem like the place to go if you want to beat the crowds. But for international tourists, Beijing is actually one of the best places to travel in June. Chinese students are still in school, and not a single national holiday falls during this month. This means, while the locals are hard at work, saving up their vacation days for July or August, you can leisurely explore famous sites like the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Tianamen Square, and the Temple of Heaven. Plus, Beijing’s June weather is warm but not sweltering, making the pervasive lack of air conditioning throughout the city tolerable.

best places to travel in june beijing

Beijing offers an incredible urban experience distinct from western metropoles, one filled with stark contrasts: wealth and poverty, ancient and high-tech, communism and capitalism, cosmopolitan and provincial, city and nature. With national forests and breath-taking mountain ranges just a few hours outside of the bustling city, Beijing offers a bit of everything and is an ideal place to visit in June.

june vacation ideas beijing


3. The French Open – Paris, France

Starting in late May and ending during the second week of June, the French Open is a fabulous opportunity to see the world’s most romantic sport in the world’s most romantic city. The French Open may be notorious for being the most physically grueling of all of the Grand Slam Tournaments, but it is also the most fashionable which makes for some awesome people watching. With no dresscode (a la Wimbledon), athletes at the French Open are sporting trend setting styles. Spectators too, tend to dress well for the event, and the stadiums will be filled with iconic Panama hats.

Panama Hats French Open Tips

Panama Hats are the unofficial uniform for spectators at the French Open.

But beyond the edge-of-your-seat action that the tournament provides, the dreamy Parisian backdrop makes for an incredible place to travel in June. If you are hoping for your June vacation to include wine, cheese, cathedrals, museums, shopping, and freshly-baked croissants – there is no better setting than Paris. But it’s not just the international appeal of the French Open that makes June in Paris so magical. There are plenty of local favorites happening in June, like Paris’s Gay Pride parade, one of the world’s most enthusiastic, and the Fête de la Musique, which celebrates the summer solstice with free concerts and street music all over the city.

best places to travel in june paris


4. Etosha National Park, Namibia

June marks the beginning of the dry season in the Namib desert, the time when wildlife viewing in the incredible Etosha National Park is at its best. June is the ideal month for a safari adventure, with sunny but cool temperatures, brilliant nighttime stargazing, and wildlife concentrating along the park’s watering holes. The low grass during this season will make it easy to spot the animals: lions, giraffes, elephants, springboks, gemsboks, zebras, hyenas, rhinos, and many more. While much of neighboring South Africa will be cold and drizzly during June, the air in Namibia is cool, crisp, and perfect for a safari adventure.

best places to visit in june namibia

If your idea of a June vacation involves getting away from it all, Etosha is truly one of the best places to visit in June. This 8,600 square mile park is distinct from many other African game parks. Not only is it gigantic, but it feels much more remote and untouched. For one thing, you are almost guaranteed to spot animals, who roam freely across the vast desert landscape. Secondly, the animals truly rule this roost. Humans are not permitted to leave their vehicles unless in designated camping or viewing areas, and are forbidden from other activities like blasting music, which can frighten the wildlife. To see the full diversity of plants in animals in this gigantic park, rent a car or hire a safari guide. Accommodations are plentiful, and range from luxe bungalows to camping sites.

best places to travel in june etosha

5. International Istanbul Music Festival – Istanbul, Turkey

To hear some of the most hauntingly beautiful music of your life, head to Istanbul, Turkey during the beginning of June. The three-week long International Istanbul Music Festival is one of the ancient, colorful city’s most prestigious events, hosting hundreds of classical music and opera performances throughout Istanbul’s many mosques, cathedrals, and amphitheaters. As you can imagine, the acoustics are simply incredible.

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But it is not only your sense of sound that will be delighted by a June vacation to Istanbul. The city is gloriously warm and sunny in June, and its location between two temperate seas will give you plenty of coastline where you can swim in warm, blue waters. Istanbul is progressive and cosmopolitan, with bustling music and art scenes, incredible restaurants, and even an ancient wine tradition that its locals have all but forgotten. Istanbul is a favorite vacation destination for much of Western Europe, but June is ahead of the tourist season as school is still in session for most of the continent. Come to Istanbul for the music, stay for vibrant culture and incredible weather. As soon as you step foot into this ancient and fascinating city, you’ll know why it ranks among the best places to travel in June.

best places to travel in june istanbul

Looking for the perfect place to travel this June? Join Bucket List Events at the 2018 World Cup in Russia or the French Open in Paris. Need more insider recommendations on the top places to travel? Check out our full collection of posts on the best places to travel by month!