Something Different In Summer
It's an unfortunate fact that when the crowds increase, so do the prices - which means that there's huge value in booking far in advance or selecting somewhere a little off the beaten track. Many of the more popular European destinations ramp up their prices throughout July and August, which is why it's worth considering a destination like Germany, which enjoys 'proper' seasons and a balmy summer for the most part. Flights are usually cheaper too - we'd suggest a summer city break to dynamic Frankfurt for an impressive culture hit at a fraction of the price.
Beach hours a strong priority? It might be worth heading further afield to the more exotic climes of Indonesia. Whilst the flights aren't cheap, the cost of living once you're there is incredibly reasonable and the climate is unremittingly glorious with temperatures averaging over 28°C and hours of sunshine every day - the only weather worry you'll have to contend with is the odd monsoon. Bali, Java and Sumatra are all on our bucket list this year.
Mountain holidays are worth a mention, too - after all, not everyone wants to veg out on a lilo all day! Many European skiing destinations lead a double life - winter ski routes are transformed into adventurous hiking trails and mountain biking destinations in the summer. So if you're up for an outdoorsy holiday, in frankly stunning surroundings, check out the likes of Chamonix and Tignes in the summer months.