August is here again! The summer season is reaching its half-way point. For many families, August is their last chance to get away before the school year begins
It’s already been a hot summer in many parts of the world, especially Europe, but there are plenty of beach and mountain towns that can provide a respite.
Many cities across the USA are celebrating the mid-point of the summer with festivals and fairs.
Europe, meanwhile, is becoming more reasonable to fly to because competition from low-cost carriers such as Norwegian Air and WOW Air are driving down airfares.
Here are a few destinations that are good deals for fun and value:
Scotland’s capital city is one giant party in August. The Edinburgh International Festival runs from Aug. 3 to Aug. 27 this year.
The first festival was held in 1947 to mark the end of World War II. It has since grown dramatically into several festivals celebrating different genres: music, dance, theater, and literature This year, 2,750 artists from 31 nations are expected to perform. The city expects visitors from more than 80 nations.
This year’s festival will begin with The Standard Life Aberdeen Opening Event: Five Telegrams, a free, outdoor performance celebrating Scotland’s Year of Young People.
It ends with the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert with more than 400,000 fireworks bursting in the sky over Edinburgh Castle choreographed to live music from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
One of Scandinavia’s most beautiful cities is now also one of the most inexpensive to fly to.
The capital of Sweden is made up of 14 islands patched together by bridges, ferries and a metro. The old town, Gamla Stan, has cathedrals, a palace and charming cobblestone streets.
The city has dozens of museums, including the ABBA Museum located on the royal island.
The nightlife is booming, and many of its deejays have gone on to international fame, such as the late Avicii.
Stockholm’s food scene has evolved in recent years moving beyond Nordic cooking. Many of its restaurants have earned Michelin stars. Chefs are delivering more diverse cuisine made with sustainable and organic products.
People who live in Stockholm get to enjoy high air quality and exposure to nature. It’s no wonder it often makes lists of best cities to live in the world.
California may be suffering now from a multitude of wildfires, but Los Angeles has been spared.
Its beaches are open, its downtown is booming, and its restaurant scene is thriving.
It is also one of TravelZoo’s top budget-friendly destinations for the year. The travel planning site says it is more affordable than cities such as San Francisco and New York because of the influx of hotel rooms and low-cost carriers traveling there.
Los Angeles is a patchwork of many diverse neighborhoods. You can stay at the beach in Santa Monica. But a few nights by an equally beautiful beach in Marina del Rey will cost a fraction of the price. If you’re looking for trendy, you can stay in West Hollywood. Of if you want a more laid back vibe, you can opt for up-and-coming Downtown L.A., which has had a hotel boom this year.
The city is also playing host to various arts exhibits. The Standard Downtown Los Angeles will have on exhibit Sparrow Mart through the month. British artist Lucy Sparrow has created a replica of a supermarket using 31,000 items made from felt.
The hotel will launch the Sparrow To Go pop-up eatery in the lobby and its 24/7 restaurant. The concept will feature dishes inspired by the felted supermarket treats in Sparrow Mart.
Through Aug. 25, Beyond the Streets will be on display. It is an exhibition of graffiti, street art and other modern art. It encompasses more than 40,000 square feet of industrial indoor and outdoor space of about 100 artists, including Jean-Michel Basquiat and Banksy.
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