When we think of getting on a plane, most of us plan to pack our bags either during the Christmas holidays, Spring Break, or summer. But have you ever considered leaving in the fall? Besides the fact that some destinations are best visited at that time of year, most vacation spots tend to be less crowded and offer cost savings on lodging. If all this sounds appealing to you, please read along to find out which five destinations we recommend for autumn travel.
As you drive through the Tuscan countryside, not only will the fall season offer you a spectacle of colour with the changing vineyard leaves, but you will avoid the gruelling heat of the summer, as well as the large crowds. Temperatures in autumn hover around 15-20 degrees Celsius, with September and October being the driest months. Because the fall is harvest time in Tuscany, you’ll also find Italy’s most popular foods on display. Visitors can attend the region’s many harvest festivals to sample some of the world’s best olives, truffles, pumpkins, porcini, chestnuts, and grapes for new wines. Are you hungry yet?
If you search for images of Japan, you are sure to find a photo that includes a cherry blossom tree. These trees flower in the…spring! So why is Japan on our list of top five fall destinations? Simply because it’s just as vibrant in autumn as it is in spring, but less crowded. The transformation of the maple trees and ginkgoes offers a gorgeous spectacle of yellow, red, and gold that will enchant you. In addition, the fall display of colours can last up to 50 days, as opposed to the bloom of the cherry blossom, which occurs rather quickly. If you’re not yet sold on Japan in the fall, the many autumn food festivals may convince you to book your ticket, as well as the mild temperatures. Also, we must not forget that Japan is a shopaholic’s paradise and, in most stores, fall corresponds with sales. So, get your walking shoes ready!
Pyramids, Pharaohs, and deserts are probably the first things that come to mind when we think of Egypt. However, it’s important to note that temperatures in Egypt can exceed 40 degrees Celsius in the summer, which is why September to November is a great time to travel there. During the fall, you can comfortably take a cruise down the Nile to visit the sacred temple of Karnak and the Valley of the Kings, snorkel in Dahab, ride a camel near the Pyramids of Giza, discover the Siwa oasis and get lost in the Grand Egyptian Museum. Whether you’re a history buff, beach bum or art lover, you will find everything your heart desires in Egypt.
There are many wonderful things about Aruba, one of which is that the temperature is amazing all year round. It’s located outside the hurricane belt and is extremely dry, so there is little risk of being stuck indoors due to a downpour. Although the biggest advantage of travelling to Aruba in autumn is a deep discount on lodging, trade winds are also calmer at this time of year making for better snorkelling conditions. If you’re not quite ready to let go of the summer, Aruba is the destination for you.
Although India is vast and weather varies tremendously from North to South, fall seems to tick the boxes on so many destinations spanning the entire country. Whether you want to lounge on the beaches of Goa, experience the splendour of the Taj Mahal, track royal Bengal tigers in India’s national parks, or trek through the Himalayas, late October is the best time to head to the land of Bollywood. If you time your trip, you can even attend Diwali, the festival of lights celebrated everywhere in the country.
Until next time, travel safely!
Written by: Nadine Ishak