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Just got back from Mexico

Went to Mazatlan and Monterrey, it was HOT, low or no AC in every building except where we stayed. The fridges in every store were not that cold so it was hard to find an ice cold beverage (I don't really trust the safety of their ice/water). The masks made everything that much hotter. Even the outdoor shopping malls required a mask in Monterrey. It had been about a decade since since I last visited Mexico and I don't remember the heat being like this.

This trip really has me second guessing my heat tolerance. I'm starting to think October, and not September, would be best for Southern Europe.

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I absolutely hate the heat. Summer is my "saving for autumn travel" time. How was your experience with covid testing when you flew back?

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I can only echo roubrat’s words: I absolutely hate the heat.

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I can only echo roubrat’s words: I absolutely hate the heat.

I'm in awe of people who can travel in summer. I get headaches and nausea just being in my own city for a few hours in the heat/humidity.

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Mexico is huge. At this time of year, Oaxaca is not hot; neither is Mexico City. The downside is that you get constant summer rain and storms. But there are choices of cooler and warmer places just like in the US (the Pacific Northwest is generally cooler most years). I don't travel in the summer anywhere - I spend it in the pool.

I don't know what you mean by "Southern Europe" (Greece? Southern Italy?), but yes, Septembers can be really hot in many places (you can't predict from historical records anymore) and there is no overpowering AC anywhere like you'd see in your home state.

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Remember if you want to travel to the Pacific Northwest in the Summer; there may not be any Air Conditioning except in Chain Hotels and bigger resident Motels. If you are planning on Camping in National or State Park you must have Reservations. Right now because of Dry Weather there are no wood or charcoal fires allowed. You must have or buy Park Passes; but some parks are limiting number of entries; make Reservations online.

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As a child, 70s was all I could tolerate; now 70s with high humidity/dewpoint is miserable. I've had a parched throat at high noon in Marrakech in March, been sweaty in Greece in October. My last trip to Europe was Jan-Feb 2020, to Provence. Perfect! I reject tours all the time b/c they run only in warm months. Here's hoping travel companies rethink their schedules in light of global warming. I recommend Southern Hemisphere in North American summer. Still searching for that 55-degree year-round sweet spot!

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I recommend Southern Hemisphere in North American summer. Still searching for that 55-degree year-round sweet spot!

While not quite 55F, Tasmania comes to mind.

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Tasmania comes to mind

Also Iceland, Faroe Islands, Falkland islands.

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Yes, Started an Australian trip in Hobart a few years ago. Locals wondered why I was traveling in "winter," but I loved it. And New Zealand is also perfect July-August.