Early autumn is a wonderful time to experience a diverse range of different climates and experiences across the globe.
If you're looking for inspiration, here are some of our favourite destinations picks of where to travel in October...
Sealife in the Seychelles
September and October are the best times to dive with whale sharks and manta rays in the dreamy blue waters around the Seychelles. It is also the time that the critically endangered hawksbill turtle and endangered green turtle come to some beaches to nest.
Festivals and hiking in Bhutan
It is cool at night in Bhutan during October, but daytime temperatures are very pleasant. Hiking is one of the most popular activities this time of year as is visiting the dzongs which looks particularly beautiful against a brilliant blue sky. There are also festivals happening – be sure to check dates.
Autumn leaves in the Lake District and Scotland
The weather in the UK can still be mild at the beginning of the month, and by the end of October you’ll be treated to beautiful colours as the trees turn to rusty red and burnt orange.
Trekking in Tanzania
Festivals in Myanmar
There are more festivals in Myanmar in October and November than any other time of year. This includes the Elephant Dance festival outside of Mandalay, the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda festival in Inle, and the Taunggyyii Baloon festival. What’s more, the beaches all usually open on 1 October, so look to get there early if you want to be the first one basking in the sunshine.
Everest base camp and festivals in Nepal
October and November are the most popular months to make the trek up to Base Camp, with April coming in close behind. Temperatures are warm during the day and there’s minimal rainfall to slow you down. This is also a great time to catch Tihaar, the festival of lights, Nepal’s second biggest festival. It falls between October and November, lasting for five days.
Diwali in India
Indian festivals are famous throughout the world, and with good reason. Diwali, the festival of light, is one of the most famous, and is usually celebrated from mid October into November (though the date changes every year). This is a wonderful time to be in northern India – though as with all good celebrations, it can get quite noisy!
Spring blooms in Torres del Paine
Spring in Torres del Paine, which runs from mid September to November, is cool and wet but sees plants come back to life and wildlife and proliferate. Spend your time hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking through this incredible terrain, watching out for wildlife and spectacular photo opportunities as you go.
Culture and history in Italy
Island paradise in Mauritius
If you just want to escape from the dreary grey skies of fall, hit the pristine shores of Mauritius for the last month of their dry, hot season and revel in the idyllic beaches and perfect blue waters.