It’s the season for boating in the Pacific Northwest; celebrating art and mischief in Edinburgh and the Nevada Desert; and cruising the Arctic. In fact, August is the best time to think about cruising, period. “Now’s the time to nab a last-minute deal on a cruise leaving before the end of the year,” says Mary Jean Tully of Tully Luxury Travel. “Brands like Holland America Line, Oceania Cruises, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises have been known to reduce fares up to 25 percent once August hits, to help push out slower-selling inventory for the months of September through December, with particularly good deals in the weeks before Christmas. Look for trips heading to the Caribbean, Europe, or South America. August is also a smart time for parents to lock in family cruises for next year’s holidays—including spring break and even summer vacation. Once kids go back to school—and get their schedules—ships fill up fast.”
Black Rock Desert, Nevada
Brač Island, Croatia
Innsbruck is the provincial capital of Tyrol and the fifth largest city in Austria by population. It has twice hosted the Winter Olympics and was one of the host cities in the 2008 European Football Championships. This beautiful alpine destination, with its historical buildings, breathtaking scenery and snow-capped mountains, is one of the most wonderful places to visit in Europe.