For those who can travel during this off peak period, there’s plenty of low cost deals to be had for the month of October. Soak up the last of the summer sun in the Mediterranean, take a short city break or travel further afar for a picture postcard paradise. Here’s a guide on some of the best places to visit and where’s best avoided.
The Aegean coast of Turkey still enjoys long, hot days long into the autumn months. Choose a luxury all-inclusive and you’ll enjoy a stress free and indulgent holiday. Some offer discounts during October or additional perks such as complimentary spa treatments or upgraded room options.
The Canary Islands is another hot destination, enjoying over 300 days of sunshine per year. Tenerife is perfectly suited for an active holiday where sprawling resorts offer an extensive array of sports and watersports facilities. Golf fanatics can sample some of the world class courses and the historic sights of the island offer something for the culture vulture. Alternatively, visit the unspoilt island of La Palma. This hidden gem sees much fewer visitors which is surprising given its natural beauty and old world charm. Be sure to visit one of the islands famed volcanic beaches.
For guaranteed sunshine and endless attractions to explore, Morocco promises the holiday of a lifetime. In the ancient city of Marrakech, the weather is just cool enough to stroll through the many bustling markets. Admire the hand crafted goods and sample some of the local delicacies. From here travel to the coast and lounge under the beating sun at one of the affordable luxury resorts.
Dubai is another sun worshipping mecca where temperatures regular rise above the 30s. Aside from the beaches, this lively metropolis is home to outstanding restaurants, one-of-a-kind attractions and some of the best shopping you’re likely to experience.
If you’re seeking something a little more relaxed, kick back and unwind on a paradise island. The Maldives is a favorite with couples for good reason. It’s the perfect place to rekindle the romance in beautiful surroundings. Enjoy your own beach or ocean villa complete with private plunge pool, spacious bathroom and deep soaking tub. It may be the long distance option but it’s more than worth it for those willing to travel.
For a short city break, why not consider an Eastern European destination that offers value for money with much to see and do. Budapest is only a two hour flight from the UK and enjoys a warm climate during October with temperatures reaching the 20s. Explore the many historical sights of its Old Town and relax at one of the city’s famed thermal baths. Szechenyi Baths are highly recommended, an indulgent outdoor spa in the grounds of an opulent palace.
Foodies should consider hopping over the channel to France which is particularly picturesque during this period. Tour the vineyards of the Loire Valley stopping to enjoy your favorite wines along the way. Visitors can also take cooking classes, learn more about the regions wine producing heritage or dine on Michelin star cuisine.
Where to avoid
Both the gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean experience hurricane season during October which often sees heavy downpours and storms. Some countries in the South Pacific should also be avoided including Fiji, New Guinea and Northern Australia.