Got a bad case of the winter blues? Book a trip to one of these magical (and actually warm) places right this second.

For fitness fanatics:

GERMANY

If you want your vacay to have a side of sweat, Germany should be your number one choice. Start your trip by flying into Frankfurt in July, the best summer month to snag a deal from Oz*. Make the most of the warm, long summer days by hiking through some of Europe’s best trails, many just a short train journey from Frankfurt.

Black Forest, Frankfurt

Just two and half hours south of Frankfurt is the famous Black Forest (no, not the Cadbury choc), where the Germans claim hiking was invented. Stay in the picturesque town of Baden Baden at Hotel am Sophienpark, spend your day hiking through the forest and reward yourself with a soak in one of the local thermal baths.

Malerweg

Up for another hike? The Malerweg in Germany, is dubbed one of the most beautiful hiking trails of all (just look at the pic above!). The hiking trail doesn’t just offer Instagrammable panoramas and a never-ending range of bizarre rock formations; it also provides a challenge if you’re up for it. You can choose to either take on a day trip or do the full-leg eight-day tour. Get some R&R post-hike by staying in the Dresden at the Relais & Chateaux Hotel Bulow Palais.

For foodies

ITALY

Find secret alleyways in Roma

Anyone with taste buds and a pulse will think they’ve found foodie heaven when in the land of la dolce vita aka Italy. According to Expedia, July is the best summer month for Australians to fly to Rome*.  Not only are the flights at a yearly low, but there are plenty of festivals and events taking place across the country.

The canals of Venice

ISTRIA

When you’re done with eating your way through Italy, it’s time to eat your way through Istria, a peninsula nestled between Slovenia, Croatia and Italy. Famous for its olive-oil production and truffles, you’ll be eating some primo seafood thanks to its position on the Adriatic Sea.

For relaxation

GREECE

The Greek Islands: need we say more? Cocktails, great food and even better views. Whether you want the ‘flop and drop’ kind of break or something with a little bit of activity mixed in, there’s an island for every type of traveller!

Endless ocean in the Greek Islands

Fly into Athens in August, the best time for Aussies to head there. From Athens, you can hop on a ferry or take a short flight to the breathtaking island of Paros. Located between the islands of Mykonos and Santorini, Paros is the perfect base for some Greek Island hopping during the day, and affordable accommodation. Book your flights and accommodation at the picturesque Minois Village and you could nab nearly 15%* off so you can enjoy more cocktails by the pool!

CROATIA

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Next stop on your list should be the beautiful Croatia. Sure, you can jump on a boat and sail around for a week of boozing and sleeping in, or you can take advantage of the country’s many spas and thermal springs. You’ll find everything from luxurious spas in 5-star hotels to thermal pools in many different cities. Hot tip: The Croatian word for “spa” is toplice – you’ll see the word emblazoned on hotel signs everywhere. Our top destination is Opatija – it’s catered to anyone looking for a relaxing holiday spot and the hotels Design Hotel Navis or Hotel Bevanda are INCREDIBLE.

*All data is based on Q1 2017 booking window with June – August 2017 travel window vs. Q1 2016 booking window with June – August 2016 travel window. Demand is determined by air ticket volume change over these periods as is ATP change. Package savings data from Oct 1 2016 – March 31 2017.

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