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1. Posted by laurahsa (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

I was thinking of going July & August. My father told me that August isn't a good time, that it will be very difficult to get a hostel. Also, that most Europeans take the month of August off he said. Basically, what is the best time for me to go? June/July, July/Aug, or Aug/Sept?
Thank you!

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

If the three options are the only ones, than I would go for June/July. The main reasons are:
Most of the time, the weather is better, at the end of summer there is more rain
In june/july days are longer
In August people like the french and italian take their holidays....believe me, you don't like joining them...

Actually, try mid May to mid July and you miss almost every schoolholiday.

3. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

in august...much of the continent schools have a few weeks of in august! also august for weather on the continent is very hot for weather a long with july.

most people tend to take there holidays in july / august too.

may-june would be your best bet or even august and september.

in relation to the french the french dont really venture out of there own country as much as the germans, english, irish would...they love there own country a bit too much.

but if i would choose then it would be june/july...

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

If you're going anywhere further south - like Italy, say - avoid July and August if you can. You'll be trying to sightsee in 35 C, which is mighty uncomfortable. September, for me, is usually the best month to travel - the kids are back in school, the weather's warm but bearable, less tourists, and locals are usually back rested from vacation.

5. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 9y

For traveling in Spain/Portugal, Italy and Greece, try to avoid the heat, and travel in May, or early June. Also keeping in mind that almost every country has the schoolvacations in July and August, this makes May and June the perfect time to go on Holiday in Europe.

Other advantages of these months are: the people that live in a town/city are still at home, giving some places a different feel, than in July/August when they are on holiday, and the towns are basicly taken over by tourist. Another advantage is that in May/June it is less likely to get bitten by mosquitos, bees, wasps etc, as they tend to be more numerous at the end of the summer.

There is one negative site to traveling early: Some attractions can still be closed. Especialy when you going to the mountains, it can happen that you will find chair lifts are cabins closed in May.

For hostels: book early if you want to have choice.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 28, 2007, at 7:25 AM by Herr Bert ]

6. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

In Italy, May and June are the most popular months to travel. Prices are sky-high and every place is packed to the brim. If you want to see Italy, go in September.

But if for some reason you are set on going in July/August, don't let the warnings deter you. Just reserve beds in hostels and tickets (train, flight) in advance and be prepared to shell out a bit more for high season. (Flight tickets especially - get them very very early!)

7. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Quoting t_maia

In Italy, May and June are the most popular months to travel. Prices are sky-high and every place is packed to the brim. If you want to see Italy, go in September.

Uhm, could you explain this please? Especially the part of May and June being the most popular months to travel? I really don't get it, but that could be me of course;)

8. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

I would say July/August is peak in Italy...

9. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Quoting wouterrr

I would say July/August is peak in Italy...

Yep, like almost every other country in europe, except some scandinavian countries who have holidays in June as well (midsummernight stuff etc)

10. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

It would depend on the countries you go to as to if it is difficult to get a hostel. If Russia is one of your countries, then in July it'll be very hard to get a hostel for sure if you don't book at least a couple of months in advance. I booked 4 months in advance and got the last bed in the hostels I stayed at! I checked in Late December for Moscow in July, and already on a few random days I checked one of the hostels was completely booked out over 7 months in advance! Most other places if you used a site like Hostelworld and booked a week in advance you shouldn't have many hassels. I though June/July were great times to travel in Europe anywhere I went, but in places like Spain, Greece and Italy it was extremely hot. On one night in Madrid in mid July, it was 44C at about midnight at the bus station when I was waiting to get the bus to Barcelona. The next day it was about 40C in Barcelona, so it gets very hot around that time, but still better to be in the hot able to wear shorts and go swimming than travel in winter and be freezing (not that the months you want are winter).

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 28, 2007, at 4:45 PM by aharrold45 ]