November is a fine time for an exotic escape. Many parts of the world enjoy fantastic weather in November - and as it's outside of school holidays there are fewer people travelling.
White sands, green peaks and emerald waters in the Caribbean. South Africa also beckons, and further south, Argentina comes alive with the polo finals. An itinerary here could include a stay in Patagonia, land of snowy peaks, turquoise lakes and amazing wildlife. November promises a wonderful safari in Africa - find out more about Africa's secret season.
Temperatures are cooler & the weather is clear
Namibia is a land of ever-changing landscapes. It is a photographer's paradise boasting epic scenery, colourful tribes and superb wildlife. No landscape is more captivating that the Skeleton Coast which is referred to by Namibians as 'the land God made in anger' thanks to its dramatic coastline. If you visit this coastline in November you'll find that the temperatures are cool and the weather is clear, making it all the more rewarding.
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.
A great value Caribbean getaway
Revitalise yourself before the busy festive period and escape to an island paradise where you can truly relax. This is castaway luxury at its finest, where views of endless white sands, blue skies and azure waters will refresh your spirit. For the ultimate retreat from modern life, head to Petit St. Vincent, a private island in the Caribbean, where guests can indulge in luxury living far away from modern life. Guests come here for peace, quiet, seclusion and the perfect balance of wilderness and luxury.
Bright blue skies & warm days
Western Cape, South Africa
South Africa enjoys bright blue skies and warm weather in November but this is far from the only reason to visit; the Western Cape has got to be one of the most incredible destinations in the world for watching marine mammals. From June to December, whales can be seen frolicking in the warmer waters off the coast of Hermanus and Plettenberg Bay. Exceptional birdlife, deserted coastal walks and a sense of true escapism make this a perfect place to hide away and unwind.
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!
The best weather for snorkelling
Raja Ampat, Indonesia
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 1 November, you can see the streets decorated in the colours of the national flag for the island's independence day celebrations.
The scenery is especially beautiful after the rainy season
From ancient civilisations and awe-inspiring temples to private islands ringed with golden beaches and clear, calm waters, Cambodia is the ultimate combination of authentic culture and total luxury. This country is the whole package and its especially beautiful towards in November.