Did you skip the summer travel season? If you travel in the fall, you can avoid 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. With Ker & Downey, visitors have a rare opportunity to go foraging 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.
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.
As summer draws to an end in the northern hemisphere, Patagonia is entering its beautiful spring season. The National Parks reopen, the winds drop, and there are fewer people to contend with for a more authentic Patagonian experience. During the busy summer season, many of Patagonia’s reclusive animals like the puma and huemul deer retreat from populated areas to avoid facing people. So, if you’re visiting before the mid-December crowds arrive, you’ll also be much more likely to catch a glimpse of Patagonia’s incredible wildlife alongside a colorful carpet of spring alpine blooms set against the snow-topped mountains.
Ireland might still be drizzly in October, but it is also prime festival time in many of the country’s big cities. Belfast hosts its International Arts Festival, Cork sings to the Guinness Jazz Festival, and Dublin celebrates its annual Theatre Festival all in October. Plus, the autumn rains ensure that Ireland’s iconic green scenery is at its most vibrant, from the Cliffs of Moher to the Dingle peninsula.
Go truffle hunting in the Istria region and sea kayaking around Dubrovnik since it’s not too hot to paddle and island hop. Wine festivals abound and you can go grape harvesting. Plitvice Lakes show off their beautiful Fall colors. This is the best time to witness the autumnal colors of the Plitvice Lakes, which are something out of a picture book.
If you choose any time of year to go to Istanbul, this is the time. The weather is lovely and the crowds are less, meaning you will have ample opportunity to explore its splendid palaces, spice markets and soaring domed mosques in peace.
Lake District, England
The Lake District look like it a blaze of fire in autumn, when the morning mist and red trees create a magical backdrop. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is a beautiful pocket of England that abounds with outdoor adventures when it is not too hot.