Where to Go on Holiday in October
Once October rolls around on the calendar, three-fourths of the year has gone. The children have started school and may need a break, and many schools offer a fall break or holiday in October. As adults, many are ready to take a break, using leftover vacation days before the end of the year gets crazy with holidays. Sometimes you want to take some time away from the growing cold in the Northern Hemisphere and go somewhere warmer or maybe you want to go somewhere with the fall colors in the leaves. Whatever your reason to go somewhere warmer, here are seven places to go on holiday in October.
With an average temperature of 27°C (81°F), shallow water, and white sand, Mauritius is a beautiful place to visit in October. From the water sports haven of Grand Baie to the relaxing and popular beach of Trou aux Biches, Mauritius offers plenty to do. Leaving behind the sandy beaches, there is also a beautiful, expansive jungle to explore. Reefs hold parrotfish, clowfish, trumpet, sea turtles, and dolphins while the Black River Gorges National Park is home to over 300 flowering plant species, and several adorable animals such as Mauritius kestrel, pink pigeon, Mauritius parakeet, and the Mauritian flying foxes. You could easily spend hours exploring Mauritius. For a bonus, beautiful Mauritius is budget-friendly, especially in October, making the island a wonderful holiday in the fall.
Japanese Alps, Japan
In Japan, October brings autumn colors to its Alps. With an average high temperature of 20°C (68°F), the cool temperatures bring perfect fall weather. The Japanese Alps are a stunning chain of mountains that are filled with beautiful hiking trails, jade-green lakes and rivers, and amazing views. High on the mountaintop, you will find huts that offer private rooms and bento box-style dinners. Near the Alps, you will also find spa towns offering outdoor and indoor hot-spring baths and fine-dining kaiseki dinners. The beautiful Japanese Alps are filled with red, yellow, and orange colors and it is a perfect time to visit the mountains.
Atacama Desert, Chile
With a mild 25°C (77°F) average high, Chile experiences a beautiful spring in October. As the world’s driest desert, the red canyons and sand dunes are perfect to drive around on and explore. The desert also holds geysers, steaming volcanoes, large salt flats, and hot springs. The desert has very little shade, making it perfect for stargazing (there is even an observatory). October is not a popular time to visit the Atacama Desert, so it’s a great time to visit without many other people being around. The Atacama Desert is a great place to visit in October.
Perfect in October, Marseille, France is a cool 19°C (66°F). The beautiful city has a mixture of old world and new. The main port for all of France, you should visit the old port, Calanques National Park, MuCEM (a museum on the waterfront), and La Plaine and Noailles (two neighbors that offer a glimpse of day-to-day life in Marseille). The autumn weather in Marseille is perfect this time of year, as it is not too cold nor too warm to be outside for hours. Just exploring the oldest French city is a great way to spend a day. Marseille is an extraordinary October holiday destination.
October is the perfect time to visit Rome, Italy. From a 22°C (72°F) high in temperature to quieter streets, Rome is meant to be explored in autumn. The weather is very hot in the summer, and very busy too. The winter can get quite cold as well, so the perfect time is the fall, specifically October. You will be able to see all the ancient ruins, from the Colosseum to the Pantheon as well as the Trevi Fountain without many tourists blocking your view. The evening sun shines on the ancient architecture, as the buzz of the city moves around you. Rome’s atmosphere during this time is a mixture of welcoming and comforting, making it an amazing destination to visit in October.
Los Cabos, Mexico
Although beautiful at any time of year, Los Cabos in Mexico is best in October. The winter dry season is settling in, so you should not have many rainy days, and the average temperature is a warm 33°C (91°F), perfect for swimming in the ocean. In October, Los Cabos has fewer tourists, meaning your experience will be even more quiet and relaxing. From traditional charm to chic hotels with elite restaurants, Los Cabos offers something for everyone. Whether you spend all day at the beach or explore the two towns on the Baja California Peninsula, Los Cabos is a perfect October vacation.
An exciting group of islands to visit year-round, the Galapagos Islands are a great October vacation spot. With an average high of 25°C (77°F), the mild temperatures during the islands’ dry season make the weather perfect for visiting. October also marks the end of peak season for fish and birds on the Galapagos Islands, so you will still be able to see all the amazing creatures that call the islands home. With little rain and warmer waters, October is also a great time to swim around and meet the marine life up close. For a unique October vacation, the Galapagos Islands are a great choice.
October is an amazing month to travel to many places throughout the world. Most cities and countries host fewer tourists during the month, so your experience will be more personalized. Additionally, these places offer their best weather in October, not too hot but not too cold, with little rain as well. Whether you choose to visit a warmer destination, such as Los Cabos, Mexico, and Mauritius, before the winter blues settle in, or see autumn in a new light in places such as the Japanese Alps and Marseille, France, October is a great month to travel in. These seven places are the best holidays to take in October, with beautiful weather and fewer people around.