From eating sun-ripened mango in Madagascar to snorkelling in Mauritius, there’s a rich choice of things to do and places to see in October. You could head to the Middle East – perhaps to Dubai’s extraordinary desert metropolis, to Jordan's otherworldly landscapes or to Morocco to explore the souks and bazaars. In North America, autumnal leaves have transformed New England or head further south where Chile's Atacama Desert will take your breath away.
Clear blue skies so you'll have some epic views
Nepal is probably the most rewarding country in the Indian sub-continent. Visit this striking landlocked county to trek, explore historical cities or raft down the Seti River. Nepal’s mountain scenery is unforgettable and is so beautiful you will want to return time and time again. Trekking is a true highlight, but you can also go in search of the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger in Chitwan National Park or explore Ghandruk, a picture-perfect Himalayan village under vast towering mountains with spectacular views of the Annapurna range.
It's not too hot so you can explore more
Jordan is the perfect place to get away from it all in October. Combine adventure with relaxation as you walk through history and marvel at epic scenery. Discover the ancient treasures of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra, stay in a desert camp in Wadi Rum - a desert which is so striking it has been used as an alien planet in numerous films - and float in the Dead Sea. This small country is brimming with things to do and can be jam-packed into one unforgettable week.
Warm & dry, making it the best time to visit
Madagascar is a land of contrasts, of spectacular and amazing wildlife, of towering mountains and white sand beaches, impossibly high dunes and deep freshwater lakes and of course - the lemurs. From the Aye-Aye to the Indri, these little balls of fluff are Madagascar's main attraction and the reason that so many visitors return year after year. Enjoy an exciting wildlife adventure exploring the National Parks, and then finish on one of Madagascar's pristine beaches for some fabulous diving and relaxation. October sees warm and dry weather, making it the best time to visit.
Park trails are less crowded & the weather is lovely
October is a good time to explore the majestic mountains of Patagonia as the park trails are less crowded and the weather is nothing short of lovely. Often described as the most underappreciated season to visit, spring is full of bright sunshine, eye-catching plants and much more. It's also the opportune moment to head to the Atacama Desert where the nights are the clearest of Earth and you can see the heavens open up above you at night.
It's still warm & its nice & quiet
As the largest Greek island, Crete is abundant in beautiful scenery, stunning beaches and remote villages. Visitors are seduced by the island's distinct character and way of life, especially the plethora of outdoor activities. Warm sunny days extend throughout October so visitors can enjoy hot, sun-baked breaks with less of the crowds.
North-east America is simply stunning
New England, USA
Autumn is a magical time in New England; the air is crisp and cool, the leaves have transformed into every imaginable shade of red and freshly-pressed cider is sold at local eateries. Photographs can't adequately capture the charm of the scarlet, gold and orange that blaze across this historic part of America, complimenting quaint white churches and sweeping valleys.
Ideal for October half-term
Less than four hours' flight from the UK, Morocco is our top choice for a little sunshine during October half term without a long flight and perfect for those looking to combine a little culture, adventure and relaxation. Our Morocco for Families itinerary is great for first-time visitors and returners alike, combining vibrant Marrakech with the stunning Atlas Mountains, before ending in the quiet coastal town of Essaouira where watersports are on offer for those who wish to be active.
Visit during wine harvest time
Porto & Douro Valley, Portugal
Douro Valley is one of the best (and most underrated) destinations for wine so it's definitely worth a visit in October. Soak up the vibrant atmosphere of bustling Porto and, after admiring its colourful architecture, discover the reason for its fame in the Port houses which line the banks of the Rio Douro. Continue along the river to the Douro Valley, where stunning autumnal colours transform the vineyards and the grape picking is in full flow. Here you can do tastings and learn about this region's age-old tradition while staying in luxury accommodation.
Warm & sunny
Abu Dhabi & Dubai, UAE
Where ancient meets modern, in the Middle East you can experience a rapidly growing new world in modern Dubai, explore bustling souks, stretch out on a golden beach. If you're after adventure, you can escape to endless sand dunes, by camel or by quad bike, and end the day with a magical night under the stars. October marks the end of summer in the UAE so the days are warm ad sunny but not unbearably so.
A beach holiday for those who want to keep active
Mauritius offers white sandy beaches, the crystal-clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean and wonderful luxury properties. With world-class diving, golf, deep-sea fishing and watersports it is a great spot for anyone wanting to mix relaxation with some action. But that's not all, if you venture inland you will discover verdant tropical rainforests, epic waterfalls, botanical gardens and steep-rising lush mountains. October days are warmer and drier so it's an ideal time to explore all the island has to offer.