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Katie Parsons June 30, 2015

Planning your dream trip abroad? Consider these hot tips for the month of July!

Calgary Stampede July 3
Like cowboys? Love Canada? Then you will adore the Calgary Stampede in the state of Alberta. The city of Calgary, nicknamed ‘Cowtown’ is flanked by white-tipped mountains and plays host to the legendary Calgary Stampede, a massive rodeo festival involving marching bands, chuck wagon races and good ole country music. Afterward head east to Nova Scotia for a jaw-dropping display as whales break surface off the New Brunswick Coast.
Star Spangled Banners on July 4
Independence Day is a federal holiday in the USA commemorating the Declaration of Independence in 1776 from Great Britain. Commonly known as the Fourth of July it is widely celebrated from California to New York and is associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, speeches and ceremonies. It’s a great time of year to visit the USA – but any time of year is a great time to go see this magical country.
High Altitude Holidays at Machu Picchu
If you’re thinking of visiting one of the world’s most iconic archaeological sites, the best time to go is from June to August in the dry season. However, even during the wettest months in Peru it rarely rains for more than a few hours at a time, apart from in the humid rainforest where it rains all the time. We recommend the dry season as the best time to go trekking on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, or climbing, hiking and mountain biking in other areas. Create your own ancient civilisation tour by combining this Andean adventure with the stone statues of Easter Island and the Aztec temples of Mexico.
Calypso the Caribbean at the Crop Over Festival
In July and through to Kadooment Day in early August, Barbados celebrates the end of the sugar cane harvest, otherwise known as Crop Over. This annual celebration, when the King of calypso comes out to play, brings music, dance and colourful displays together, including stilt walkers performing for the crowd at Kingston Oval. When you’re done dancing in the streets, sashay over to nearby St Lucia for a beach retreat of colourful sands, reefs and wild orchids to round off this Caribbean dream holiday.