The best places to go on holiday in October
Over in the northern hemisphere, leaves are turning crisp and rouge, conkers are falling and winter coats are making their annual comeback. But as northern Europe waves a sorry goodbye to the close of summer, countries further south are still basking in some last minute warm glory, making October the perfect time for an end of summer blowout. Meanwhile, down in the southern hemisphere, spring has sprung and a wave of new life is sweeping the exotic lands; if you’re looking to take the family away for the October half term, you won’t be short of ideas for a family getaway.
October sees the beginning of festival season in India, plus as the monsoon draws to a close, days become warmer, drier and far more pleasant for revelling in the holiday festivities. The spectacular Diwali festival falls in October in 2017, with masses taking to the streets to celebrate the triumph of good over evil in a spectacular festival of light. When the party is finished, retreat to the gorgeous palm-packed beaches of West Bengal, get a flavour for sumptuous Indian cuisine in Kerala, or head north to the blossoming hills of Darjeeling.
October in New England can only mean one thing: fall. The dense foliage of northeast USA is entering into its most spectacular season, its hillsides flooded with rich hues of browns, yellows and deep reds. Take a colour splattered road trip through rustic countryside, stopping off at high end retreats as you pass through classy Rhode Island or Boston, home of the Red Sox and world-famous Harvard University.
Revelling in its still remarkably balmy temperatures and warm seas heated through from the long hot summer, Turkey is the perfect destination for an end of summer getaway. Coastal areas such as Bodrum or the Turquoise Coast have quietened down considerably since the summer rush, but the season is still very much in full swing for a few more weeks. This makes it a fantastic time for a sailing holiday or family beach holiday at extremely reasonable end-of-season prices.
October is the window between dry and wet season in Bali, bringing excellent prices, few crowds and near-perfect conditions. Culture buffs and spiritualists will love this laid-back motherland, peppered with ancient temples, arty towns, sacred volcanoes and a deep appreciation of nature. Start your holiday on the surf beaches of Seminyak, then head north to the culture-rich town of Ubud, take a tour of the temples surrounding Mount Batur and Agung, and hop over to the trio of tiny Gili Islands to escape it all in tropical bliss.
Tahiti and Bora Bora
As they enter into the final stretch of high season, the eye-poppingly gorgeous islands of French Polynesia won’t fail to deliver on a holiday to remember. Cast off deep in the glistening waters of the South Pacific, this tropical utopia fuses milky white sands, dazzling reefs and forested hillsides. If you’re taking the family on holiday, the largest island of Tahiti comes highly recommended, with plenty to offer in the way of water sports and activities. Meanwhile honeymooners and couples will find solace on the secluded sands of Bora Bora.
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