It’s that time of year again! Summer is fading, winter is looming, and if you have got a few holiday days to use up before the end of the year, now is the perfect time to escape to warmer climes in one of the World’s Top 10 Autumn Holiday destinations.
Autumn is a great time of the year to travel overseas; flights are cheaper than in the summer and winter months, hotels often offer discounted rates for off-peak stays, and now that school term has started, most resorts are child-free, and so you can truly escape from it all without braking the bank… you just need to decide where to go!
To help you pick the perfect holiday hotspot for your Autumn 2017 break, National Geographic has come up with a list of the world’s Top 10 Destinations for the coming season, which will keep you warm and fluffy as the temperatures start to cool down at home…
There’s a lot going on in Bhutan over the next few months, and if you like the idea of spending your autumn holidays participating in religious festivals in the Himalayan Kingdom, now is the time to book your trip! Getting a visa for Bhutan takes time, and they need to be submitted via licensed local tour operator, and so get your visa before booking any travel arrangements.
- Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
If you are looking for adventure this autumn, head on down to Lizard Island in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. It’s not cheap, but it homes some of the world’s most spectacular dive sites – and who wouldn’t want to spend autumn in Australia!!
- Zion National Park, Utah, United States
Autumn is a wonderful time of the year to visit the western part of the United States, and if the National Geographic List is anything to go by, Zion National Park in Utah should be right up there on our holiday wish list this fall.
- Cape Town, South Africa
You can visit Cape Town at any time of the year, but if you want to avoid the crowds of summer (December to March), now is the perfect time to visit. There’s so much to see and do in Cape Town that you could easily spend 2 weeks visiting Table Mountain, Robben Island, the Winelands, the Cape of Good Hope, the West Coast National Park… this list goes on and on.
- Oaxaca, Mexico
Celebrate the ‘Day of the Dead’ in Oaxaca Mexico, where colourful costumes, religious processions, marching bands, and fireworks come as standard. The ideal destination for culturally sensitive travellers.
Whether you are looking for action, adventure, animals or awe-inspiring waterfalls, you will find it all right here in Zambia. The perfect destination for an African Safari followed by a trip to Victoria Falls.
- Burgundy, France
While the temperatures are significantly cooler now than they were just a few weeks ago, Burgundy is a wonderful place to visit in autumn. Why? Well, its harvesting time of course, so you can stamp grapes and quaff wine to your heart’s content!
- Athens, Greece
If you love the great outdoors, pack your gardening gloves and head on down to Greece this autumn for a spot of olive harvesting on one of the many agritourism enterprises. Afterwards, catch up with your favourite movie stars at the International Film Festival in Athens – it runs all the way through to early October.
- Jaipur, India
Autumn marks the annual Hindu festival Diwali, or festival of lights, and so it’s a magical time to visit Jaipur in India. The entire city is aglow with candles, tea lights and LED lamps at this time of the year, and the firework displays are spectacular.
Head off on a culinary adventure in Vietnam this autumn, and treat your taste-buds to the magnificent offerings one can only find in Vietnam. Bowls full of noodles, colourful desserts, and delicately fragranced seafood can be found on every corner… as can spiders, crickets, snake, and crocodile… whatever floats your boat!