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It’s November and thoughts are well and truly turning to dark, winter nights, cosy log fires and the imminent festive period that looms on the horizon. This is the perfect time to get away before the Christmas rush really sets in, perhaps for some early winter sun or an escape to the wilderness to ready us for the busy month ahead. Mid-haul destinations are still warm enough for a beach holiday, while many long-haul destinations are in their shoulder seasons, meaning excellent prices and very few crowds.
If you’re already craving the heat, Oman is a fantastic destination for squeezing in a shot of winter sun before the Christmas period takes over. Head to the palm-fringed beaches and lush banana plantations of Salalah, or sleep beneath the stars in a traditional Bedouin tent in the dunes of Wahiba Sands. Allow some time for shopping in the souks of colourful Muscat too, where you’ll find locally-made crafts for excellent prices - depending on how good your haggling skills are.
If you just want to escape in November, why not drop it all and head to the other side of the world? Chilean Patagonia is entering into its warmest and most accessible months, and welcomes lovers of the great outdoors to its vast, open expanses. Step into the wonderland that is Torres del Paine National Park, where luxury tented camps and eco lodges gaze out towards the towering mountains, waterfalls and glaciers that dominate the dramatic landscapes.
As dry season begins in Guatemala, this is the best time for a holiday here as the landscapes will still be lush and green from wet season and there will be far fewer tourists than there would be further on into the dry season. The beginning of November also marks Guatemala’s Day of the Dead festival, which is celebrated at small events all over the country with flowers, sugar skulls and kites. The quieter atmosphere will also offer the chance to see the magnificent ruins at Tikal and enjoy uninterrupted views.
Entering into its final dry month before the winter rains arrive, it’s shoulder season in Brazil, and the sun is shining across the entirety of this nature lover’s wonderland. You’ll need a good few weeks to cram in all of its highlights, including Iguazu Falls, the Amazon rainforest and Rio de Janeiro, to name but a few iconic treasures. Why not combine it all on one all-encompassing luxury holiday?
November marks the beginning of Cambodia’s dry season, when it is hot enough to relax on the beach but also mild enough to explore the surrounding sites. Don’t miss the opportunity to see Angkor Wat at sunrise for a spectacular view of the temple. You should also catch the Water Festival, which usually takes place in November and is one of the nation’s most popular festivals. It is celebrated over three action-packed days, with concerts and boat races in Phnom Penh.
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