Extend that summer feeling with an adventure this October. As high-season crowds fizzle out and summer heat turns to gentle warmth, October is the perfect time to explore some of our favourite destinations. From wildlife viewing in the Okavango Delta to cycling in the Douro Valley, there are some top experiences to be had this October.
A successful World Cup tournament has seen all eyes on Russia in recent weeks, and the country continues to climb the polls of top places to visit in 2018. Discover the highlights of Moscow and St Petersburg in a week this October, or get a taste of rural Russia in the Golden Ring.
2. South Africa
Spring is in full swing in South Africa in October. The warm yet mild temperatures are perfect for exploring and for wildlife spotting: the Kruger is warm and dry and packed with elephant, while Cape Town is mild enough to discover the main sites and world-glass galleries on foot.
Temperatures hover in the mid 20s in Jordan in October. Here, you can combine the guaranteed winter sun with world-class cultural sites like Petra and Jerash and an authentic desert experience, sleeping beneath the stars in Wadi Rum.
The Okavango Delta is still wet in October, so it’s a good time for spotting wildlife that congregates at wetlands and watering holes. Many species start to have their babies in October and November, so it’s a good opportunity to see young lion cubs or baby buck.
Morocco offers guaranteed sunshine, vibrant cultures and experiences to keep the whole family entertained. Try your hand at surfing in Essaouira or visit Berber villages by mule and take an exhilarating bike ride in the Atlas mountains.
A summer favorite, Italy offers a completely different experience outside of peak season. October is ideal for visiting the Amalfi Coast, when the summer crowds have gone, and the temperate climate is ideal for walking. Further south, Sicily remains warm long into our autumn, when you can enjoy seafood fresh from the water.
Introduce the family to the colours and wonder of India this October half term. Search for Bengal tiger, visit the magnificent Taj Mahal at sunrise and trek to the Brahma temple on camel back. Or take a cycling trip through the rural backwaters of southern India and discover the region’s spice, tea and rubber plantations.
Spend October in Georgia, the perfect time to experience this region’s beautiful mountain scenery in full autumn colour. Sample delicious local cuisine, walk through temperate vineyards and explore a 12th century cave city.
Visit the Canary Islands in autumn for a walking holiday, when summer transitions gently into autumn. Make the most of Gran Canaria’s nature trails and beautiful scenery while days are still sunny without being too hot, and sea temperatures remain warm.
10. Costa Rica
The weather in Costa Rica in October means that you can make the most of Tortuguero’s ‘mini Amazon’ and turtle viewing. For wildlife lovers and adventure enthusiasts alike, this is a great time to visit Costa Rica.
To make the most of cooler temperatures and lower rainfall, October is the ideal time to visit Vietnam. Explore the bustling streets in Hanoi or discover the spectacular limestone pinnacles rising from Halong Bay.
October is the perfect time to cycle through Spain and Portugal. Make the most of comfortable mild temperatures for cycling, and explore Seville’s Moorish architecture and the delicious wines produced throughout the region.
Travelling to Burma in October means you can discover stilt villages and plains dotted with myriad temples without the throng of tourists. Just on the edge of ‘green season’, October is ideal for discovering the real Burma.
Warm but not hot, October is the perfect time to go to Turkey . Swim in the Mediterranean Sea after discover secluded bays by sea kayak after exploring medieval castles.
Cycling through Sri Lanka is the perfect way to discover this country in October. Explore rural villages, ancient cities and beautiful ever-changing landscapes from the saddle.