October marks the beginning of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere symbolising lovely scenery of leaves turning red. If you’re looking to escape the start of the colder season, Hanoi and Ecuador are best visited in October with great weather and even greater sites. Safaris are always memorable in Kenya and Zimbabwe this time of year whilst Nepal is a hikers paradise.

Hanoi & Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Hanoi & Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

With its colonial architecture, historical sites, frenzy of motorbikes and first-rate dining ranging from street stalls to fine dining, Hanoi is a fantastic city break. Spend an additional two nights sailing through the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay, and you've got yourself the perfect long weekend.

Myanmar

Myanmar

October spells the end of the hot and wet summers in Myanmar. Ballooning over the temples of Bagan and Inle Lake are back in session (something not to be missed) and it's the perfect time to explore this magical country.

Laos

Laos

Southeast Asia’s only landlocked country, Laos is full of natural beauty, colonial heritage, deeply traditional roots, and is quieter than its more touristy neighbours. Gems such as the Si Phan Don (4,000 islands), Pak Ou caves and the UNESCO protected town of Luang Prabang are not to be missed.

Bhutan

Bhutan

The Kingdom of Bhutan is synonymous with peace, a deeply rooted culture, and of course, happiness (the country tops the Gross National Happy Index after all). Its snow-capped peaks and countless trails are a haven for trekkers, and the lodges dotted around the country are luxurious and completely one-of-a-kind.

Bolivia

Bolivia

Somewhat overshadowed by its bigger and more well-known neighbours, Bolivia is a fantastic place to visit with excellent hiking, lush jungles, and of course, the famous Salar de Uyuni – the world’s biggest and most impressive salt flat – which offers a truly surreal experience.

China

China

October is a great time of year to visit China. Its cities such as Shanghai and Beijing have cooled down considerably, but it's well before the frigid winters roll in. Our favourite province of Yunnan, with towns such as Lijiang and Shangri La, is beautiful, with crisp air and clear skies.

Maldives

Maldives

With some of the clearest waters in the world, the island nation of the Maldives enjoys great weather in October. With plenty of kid-family resorts, it's a fantastic option for the half-term holidays. But make sure to book ahead, as it's also one of our most popular choices!

Kenya

Kenya

For the real safari experience, there is nowhere quite like Kenya, an astonishingly diverse country. In October the great wildebeest migration is reaching its end as they cross back into Tanzania. One of the greatest spectacles on earth, this is not to be missed.

Zambia

Zambia

Zambia’s main attraction, the world-famed Victoria Falls, is just one of many reasons to explore ‘Africa’s best kept secret’. Discover some of the continent’s best national parks, a canoeing safari and many more unique adventures.

Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia

Sydney provides an excellent city break for those looking for good food, wine and shopping combined with the outdoors. Spend your morning exercising on Bondi Beach with the locals before setting off to explore the city.

Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Bay of Islands, New Zealand

The Bay of Islands and Northlands feature New Zealand’s best beaches and most undeveloped islands. Whether you choose to explore the region by foot or by air (helicopter tours are particularly spectacular here), you will be amazed at how the breath-taking scenery unfolds in front of you.

Bali, Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia

Not that you would ever need more reasons to go to Bali, but it is quite possibly the only beach destination in Southeast Asia that isn't in its rainy season in October. Lightfoot have a handpicked portfolio of private villas on the island that are perfect for families over the October half term holidays.