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Top 6 Destinations for Those Who Love “Average” Temperatures

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Love to travel but hate the heat and the crowds? A new study has revealed the best countries to explore this year for those who love “average” temperatures and lesser-known destinations. Some of the top destinations include Medellin in Colombia and George in South Africa.

The study, conducted by tailor-made holiday platform TravelLocal, analysed internal booking data from the past year to find a list of the 30 most popular countries to travel to in 2024. Research was then conducted to find lesser-known destinations within each country with the most “average” temperatures across the year.

A shift in travellers’ priorities 

TravelLocal has reported an increase in customers being more environmentally conscious and choosing to avoid hot temperatures by travelling off-peak instead. According to Google Trends, the term “sustainable travel” has also increased by 44% in the past year.

Co-founder at TravelLocal, Huw Owen, shares his insight: “We’re seeing a shift in people preferring to book either during the shoulder seasons or choosing milder destinations so they can enjoy the destination’s culture more comfortably.

“We’re predicting that off-peak travel will continue to increase in popularity over the next few years. This is great from a responsible travel and social point of view, as many people don’t realise that travelling during busier periods and to more popular destinations puts more strain on resources and leads to an increase in waste and pollution levels.

“When you travel off-peak or to lesser-known areas, you’re supporting the local economy and its communities by providing income during a slower season. It also means that you’re not contributing to overtourism, something that is becoming an increasing concern across the globe.”

The average temperature destinations 

Without further ado, below are the top six destinations where you can enjoy “average” temperatures – between 20°C and 30°C – throughout the year, and some might surprise you.

Medellin, Colombia 

Medellin, or “The City of Eternal Spring”, as it is often referred to, has seen a huge transformation over the past 20–30 years, once being deemed an unsafe place to visit due to the level of crime. These days, Medellin is known for its incredible culture, friendly locals, and delicious street food.

Situated in the Aburrá Valley and surrounded by stunning views of the Andes Mountains, Medellin also enjoys an average temperature of 21°C throughout the year, making it the perfect city to explore. Hélene Colmart, one of TravelLocal’s experts based in Colombia, comments: “Medellin has something for everyone, from beautiful landscapes, nature, and hiking spots to world-class restaurants, hotels, and extreme sports.”   

Trujillo, Peru

If you’re looking for beautiful architecture and intriguing archaeology, look no further than Trujillo. The third-largest city in Peru has an average temperature of 23 °C for 12 months a year, with very little rain.

Trujillo is ideally situated near the coast, with easy access to beautiful beaches for when you want to relax and enjoy the sunshine.

George, South Africa

This lesser-known South African town is an ideal base for exploring the Garden Route coastline and all its natural beauty. Located east of Cape Town, the temperatures in George dance between 20°C and 25°C throughout the year, with very low rainfall levels.

Expect incredible views of the Outeniqua Mountains and alpine forest. Hannah Raubenheimer, one of TravelLocal’s experts based in South Africa, says, “This breathtaking stretch of coastline offers a diverse range of experiences that make it a must-visit destination for anyone seeking natural beauty, outdoor activities, diverse wildlife, and cultural immersion.”

Serengeti, Tanzania

Tanzania may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think about average temperatures, but you might be surprised to find out that the Serengeti sits at a comfortable mid-to-late 20°C throughout the year.

The Serengeti is a World Heritage Site and is home to some of the most incredible wildlife and landscapes. Inge Olde Rikkert, one of TravelLocal’s local experts based in Tanzania, says: “Everyone should visit the Serengeti at least once in their lifetime. It’s an opportunity to reconnect with Mother Nature, learn more about our wonderful planet and contribute to wildlife conservation.”

Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico is best known for being a tropical paradise with stretches of wonderful beaches and a rich culture. What you may not know is that Mexico City enjoys comfortable temperatures throughout the year, sitting below 30°C from January through December.

There are many reasons why Mexico City should be on your city break list this year, including its vibrant culture, delicious street food, and intoxicating nightlife. Mexico City isn’t your average city break; you’ll want to spend more than a long weekend exploring its vast and unique neighbourhoods.

Nanyuki, Kenya

The wonderful town of Nanyuki in Kenya is situated on the equator on the edge of the central highlands, with temperatures sitting at a comfortable 21°C all year round. Offering a blend of rich culture, history, and captivating natural beauty, this town promises a truly unique and unforgettable African adventure.

Safari experiences and wildlife encounters are some of the top reasons to visit Nanyuki. This charming town showcases its commitment to preserving its natural heritage through various conservation projects and organisations.

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