Did you skip the summer travel season? If you travel in the fall, you can skip some of the crowds and find pretty moderate temperatures in many regions of the world. From where to go, to what to do, these are the best places to travel in October.
With the start of the trekking season in October, late fall is a great time to visit Nepal as clear skies allow for the best views of the mountains. Soak up the sun on our Boundless Nepal journey with nature walks, rickshaw rides, and helicopter flights over the Everest region.
By late October Cambodia is seeing the end of the rainy season and makes for a recommended time to explore the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat along with the serene coastal town of Kep to see a completely different side and lifestyle of the country. For those seeking adventure, embark on our 10-day journey that explores the splendors of the country by gondola, motorbike, tuk tuk, zipline, and kayak.
The dry season in South Africa provides optimal game viewing as animals gather around water holes and the the long grasses are sparser, making it easier to spot game. It’s also a great time to see newborn animals. We have an extensive range of journeys to South Africa to jump-start your safari planning.
October is peak mushroom hunting season in Cataluña, something of a regional obsession for locals. Fortunately for those traveling on Ker & Downey’s Northern Spain Culinary Tour, they have a rare opportunity to go foraging with along the coastline with Evarist March, the botanist and forager for El Celler de Can Roca – one of the top restaurants on the planet. Under Evarist’s expert tutelage, discover the edible seaweed, abundant mushrooms, and aromatic herbs along the cliffs before enjoying a coveted reservation at El Celler de Can Roca to see the ingredients come to life on the plate.
The American Southwest
By October, temperatures are dropping in much of the United States and the south experiences some of the best weather of the year. It’s a great time to travel to the southwest with our Southwest Panorama journey. It hits some of the region’s top sites like the colorful cliffs of Arizona, the Grand Canyon, and natural wonders of Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park, while staying in some of American’s greatest lodges and resorts.
Fashion lovers will not want to miss the opening of the Yves Saint Laurent Museum, which is slated to open in the fall of 2017, making Paris one of the best places to travel in October. Housed in the Fondation Pierreé – Yves Saint Laurent exhibition space, the museum will be exclusively dedicated to the presentation of Yves Saint Laurent’s four decades of work and creativity. By walking through the former haute couture salons and Yves Saint Laurent’s studio, visitors will experience the essence of the creation process within the haute couture house. The opening in Paris will coincide with the opening of another Museum in Marrakech.
Slovenia is often overshadowed by its more popular Croatian neighbor. But the wonders of Slovenia are too good to miss. In October, travelers are greeted with fewer crowds as locals return to the office as well as striking autumn colors abounding in picture-postcard Bled, the veritable pearl of Slovenia. Here, we suggest immersing yourself in the alpine countryside with a scenic boat ride across the glacial lake to Bled Island for a visit to Bled Castle, the ancient symbol of Slovenia. From the castle terraces, perched atop a steep cliff, visitors can enjoy spectacular views of the lake and the island, down the Dežela area with Lesce and Radovljica and over to the mountain ranges of the Karavanke and the Julian Alps.
For an ultra-unique experience, head to the far-flung islands of Tonga in October for the opportunity to snorkel with mother and calf humpback whales in the warm waters of the South Pacific. It’s a truly unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. In addition to snorkeling with the whales and whale-watching activities, Tonga also hosts a number of land-based excursions like hiking to Mount Taula, cultural tours, and exploring the 22-acre Ene’io Botanical Gardens.