Schedule by Season
Plan for good-weather windows and low-traffic trails.
» Spring Starting in May, temps around the Mediterranean are mild enough for pre-summer-crowd kayak tours between Grecian islands.
» Summer August is high season up north, so target southern-hemisphere destinations with mild winters. Wildlife viewing is at its peak in South Africa, when animals concentrate at water sources.
» Autumn Want to trek in the Alps? Go in the first half of September, when days are still warm and most of the summer tourists have left.
» Winter Head to New Zealand in early or mid-October, just before huts on the Milford Track require reservations. You might have to deal with late snow, but the huts are first come, first serve.