Where to Go on Holiday in November
Whisk yourself away somewhere wonderful and escape the cold snap that’s setting in at home. Make a beeline for the paradise beaches of the Seychelles or Grenada, or go in search of serious adventure in South Africa, where migrating whales will be making a splash off the coast. In Cambodia, bask in the warm, dry weather as you uncover jungle-clad temple ruins.
Below are our top picks for where to travel in November.
Wonderful weather and migrating whales
From rugged wilderness and world-class wines to migrating whales that can be glimpsed along the coastline, South Africa really does have it all. While exciting Big Five safaris, impressive coastal landscapes and the cosmopolitan cool of Cape Town entice many visitors to the country, there is plenty to keep you busy beyond this on your second, third or tenth trip. South Africa is a year-round destination with different highlights every month. In South Africa in November, you can expect bright blue skies and warm weather in Cape Town and the Winelands, while whales will be frolicking in the waters around Hermanus and De Hoop Nature Reserve.
Unbeatable beach conditions and nesting turtles
The Seychelles is an exotic archipelago of white sand beaches, sparkling waters, ancient rainforest and craggy mountains. Welcome to a land where giant tortoises roam free, exotic birds patrol the skies and wild orchids thrive. A land where smooth granite boulders rest at the water’s edge, creating secluded coves just waiting to be explored. November is one of the best months to visit the Seychelles; the weather is unbeatable, particularly on the east side of the islands. Hawksbill turtles also come to the beach to lay their eggs in the Seychelles in November.
Long, dry days and some good deals to be had
Characterised by tropical rainforests, dormant volcanoes, plunging gorges and pristine beaches, Grenada is a relaxed island that charms everyone who steps on its shores. Slip easily into the laidback atmosphere and uncover the secrets of one of the Caribbean’s lesser-trodden islands. Ignite your adventurous side with everything from sailing and snorkelling to hiking and river tubing. Or for a dose of culture, wander the historic capital with its charming harbour and 18th-century fort. November in Grenada is the very start of the peak season. It’s a great time to travel as the weather is very pleasant and there can still be some good deals to be had.
The rains have ended leaving lush greenery
Teeming with awe-inspiring antiquities and time-etched temples, Cambodia is a beguiling country that never ceases to amaze. From the iconic temple complex at Angkor and the frenetic capital of Phnom Penh, to the colourful floating villages of Tonle Sap, and the idyllic sun-kissed sands of Sihanoukville and Kep, there is something seriously special about this Southeast Asian kingdom, which remains relatively untrodden compared to neighbouring Thailand and Vietnam. November in Cambodia is the start of the dry season, meaning ancient ruins are still shrouded in deep greens, while the warm, dry days make it as perfect for temple hopping as it is for lazing on the beach.
After the rainy season so a great time to visit
Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 beautiful islands in Malaysia; a truly tropical paradise of crystal-clear emerald waters, azure skies, lush green vegetation and wondrous limestone formations. November hails the end of Malaysia's rainy season; the islands' lush jungles are at their most impressive and the panoramic views from the famous sky bridge stretch all the way to the coast of Thailand.
The scenery is almost pristine
Discover a place where you can see huge penguin colonies and kayak alongside immense glaciers that have taken a millennia to form. As you gaze out at this extraordinary landscape of ice-sheets, glaciers and barren deserts, you really get the sense that this is the Earth's last frontier. This remarkable destination is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity but the window to see it is relatively small so you have to book in advance!
Raja Ampat, Indonesia
The best weather for snorkelling
Did you know there are 1,430 species of reef fish in Raja Ampat? This small area in Indonesia has the richest coral reef life in the world. Indonesia's expansive archipelago is a must for both dive enthusiasts and beginners alike, with crystal waters such as these you don’t need a mask to appreciate the vibrancy and variety of marine life beneath the waves. November has the best calmest weather so it's an excellent time to visit.
Experience the black necked crane festival
We love Bhutan; its largely protected from the influences of the 21st century and it is full of surprises: colourful festivals, hidden monasteries, beautiful traditions and hospitable residents. A trip here is always a memorable experience but it is particularly special in November when the annual Black Necked Crane Festival takes place in the Phobjikha valley. The occasion marks the arrival of the endangered and majestic bird and large numbers of locals gather for the occasion. Encompassed by the majestic Himalayas, this is the perfect opportunity to really immerse yourself in Bhutan's fascinating culture.
The best time to visit Buenos Aires
While it's our autumn, its Patagonia's spring. It may not be the warmest time to visit but there are fewer crowds, the prices are lower and it’s a great time to see the local wildlife. This is also a good time to explore the rest of Argentina, especially heading south where penguin chicks will be hatching. Buenos Aires comes alive in November as the locals are raring to get outside after a long and rainy winter.
Warm waters, sunny weather, soft sand beaches…what's not to love?
This sun-drenched island is the epitome of Caribbean bliss and a great antidote to the dreary winter months. November is a particularly good time to visit as it’s the end of the turtle nesting season so its a good opportunity to spy these endangered species. If you stay over the 1st November, you can see the streets decorated in the colours of the national flag for the island's independence day celebrations.