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Editor’s note: As the travel industry reopens following COVID-19 shutdowns, TPG suggests that you talk to your doctor, follow health officials’ guidance and research local travel restrictions before booking that next trip. We’ll be here to help you prepare, whether you’re traveling this month or next year.
So much about the world probably seems strange and unfamiliar right now, but at least one constant remains: the changing seasons. And October, squarely in the middle of autumn, can still tempt travelers with the promise of foliage; cool, crisp temperatures; apple cider and doughnuts; and, in some destinations, shoulder-season pricing and thinner crowds.
Whether you’re planning to travel this year or looking ahead to 2021, October is a reliably great month for travelers with flexible schedules. This is especially true if you’re now working remotely and your kids have virtual classes. And though most of our favorite autumnal events have been canceled this year, some destinations are simply better seen in the fall. Because October is typically an off-peak travel time, travelers can expect fewer crowds, better hotel rates and more affordable flights — though this is an unusual year, and travelers should be flexible with their plans. After all, popular fall foliage destinations can
However, the appeal of Havana is simply undeniable. The temperatures were almost always at perfect, the food was even better than you might imagine, and the salsa, blues and cubano dances filled the air at night.
6. Curacao, The Netherlands
This beautiful Dutch island is constantly ranked on the list of the most colorful places on Earth by its beautiful pastel-colored houses.
The weather in this warm tourist paradise is quite stable, and even the hurricane season rarely rains. Snorkelling around the coral reefs on the island is probably the most popular activity for tourists and locals alike.
If you’re wondering what nightlife is like, here’s a fusion of Dutch and Caribbean culture. Let it be up to your imagination before you arrive here.
7. Loja, Ecuador
If you want a break from the cold but don’t like the idea of a sizzling beach break, keep an eye out for Loja. Nestled in a valley, Loja has perfect weather all year round. This means it’s never too hot and never too cold. That’s probably why this warm tourist paradise is one of the happiest in Ecuador.
Loja is relatively small but offers beautiful music festivals, art galleries and colonial architecture. The locals are friendly, the views of the mountains are amazing, and are emotionally relaxed.
8. Merida, Mexico
If you want to soak in the local way of life, skip to Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum, and head to the state capital Yucatan. Filled with Mayan ruins and Spanish
From Kate Middleton’s go-to holiday on Mustique to Sophie Wessex’s favourite break to the Swiss Alps, take our travel quiz to discover which royal holiday spot should top your wish list
Staycations are king at the moment and the thought of jetting off on a summer holiday is something of a distant memory – but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream of where we’d love to travel to next. And for some holiday inspiration, the royal family are top of our list. They know a thing or two about amazing vacation destinations, and tick off some of the dreamiest holiday spots on their annual breaks. There’s the island of Mustique, loved by Princess Margaret and the Cambridges, who took Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis last year, the action-packed Swiss Alps that are a favourite of Prince Edward and family, the sunny beaches of Corfu where Prince Charles and Camilla like to unwind or the stunning scenery of Botswana, a travel highlight for Prince Harry and Meghan, which royal-favourite holiday should you add to your travel bucket list? Take our personality quiz to find out…