June is a great time to be in the northern hemisphere – schools haven’t yet broken up, so you don’t have to worry too much about crowded resorts, the landscape is still lush and green after spring, and you can generally expect lots of lovely warm, long days. Much of Asia will be sweltering at this time of year, and much of the south and southeast in particular will be in monsoon season, though if you’re worried about the rain then it’s still possible to find pockets that aren’t affected in June. Expect very hot and dry weather in the Middle East – though you’ll find some respite if you stick to the Mediterranean (or Red Sea) resorts. In the Caribbean, June is the start of the hurricane season, but you might want to give it a try to make the most of some good low-season bargains; likewise, it’s rainy season in Central America. The southern hemisphere will be just starting their winter, and though this means the weather will by and large be cooler, you can still expect lots of gorgeous, bright days.
- Europe is gorgeous at this time of year, so it’s hard to narrow it down, but particular highlights are Spain (Andalucia especially), Italy, Croatia and the Greek Islands (island-hopping, anyone?).
- Iceland may not seem like the most obvious honeymoon choice, but June is a fantastic time to visit and experience the amazing midnight sun.
- In the South Pacific, Vanuatu is wonderful at this time of year; think diving, volcanoes, horse-riding on the beach….
- Much of southeast Asia is in rainy season, but Malaysian Borneo (orang-utans, beautiful islands and abundant rainforest), east coast Peninsula Malaysia – including Tioman Island and the Perhentian Islands – and Bali are exceptions and well-worth considering.
- In Thailand, June is the start of the rainy season – the east coast (so Koh Samui, Hua Hin, Koh Chang) will stay the driest, though you should expect the occasional downpour.
- The southern hemisphere’s winter is the best time for game viewing in Kruger National Park in South Africa; you can expect highs of about 25ºC during the day. If you want some beach time, perhaps combine a safari with a visit to beautiful Mozambique – the weather will be beautifully tropical at this time of year, if a little nippier in the evenings.
- If you fancy a bit of adventure, this is a great time to head to Peru to do the Inca Trail – though take a jumper for the cooler evenings.
Don’t forget to check out my recommendations for July, as there’s likely to be a fair amount of cross-over between months. And remember that these destinations have generally been picked for the offering the best weather at this time of year – if you don’t mind a bit of rain (see my article about monsoon seasons here), then your options will substantially increase.