November is a fabulous month for expelling some energy in the great outdoors. The climate makes it the perfect time to trek your way around the likes of Nepal and Bhutan, both havens for avid hikers and culture buffs. Likewise, New Zealand will keep active couples, families and multi-gen groups busy with its sweeping landscapes, wine region, hip cities and history. Dubai and the Seychelles own the beautiful beaches in November, whereas Myanmar boasts untouched sands with fantastic weather and a spritual side. Rajasthan and Oman merge glamour and opulence with mystique and memories of a lifetime.
Its geographic location, nestled between the soaring peaks of the Himalayas and the Indian jungle, make Nepal a country that is ideal for adventure seekers. Trek the famous Annapurna trail, hunt for tigers in Bardia National Park and wander the dusty backstreets of Kathmandu, visiting its numerous temples and stupas.
Myanmar delights with its authenticity, people and unique landscapes. Soar over the surreal Bagan temples in a hot air balloon; sail atop the tranquil Inle Lake and observe village life along its banks; visit Yangon with its temples and colonial charm ; and then head to coastal Ngapali for some beach-time.
Bhutan is synonymous with peace, calm and natural beauty. One of the most magical places on Earth, it wows with its landscapes, people and culture. Bordering the mighty Himalayas, it offers some of the most arduous treks in the world (don’t worry – there are plenty of trails for novice hikers too!).
The Seychelles may be a favourite for honeymooners due to its talcum powder beaches, topaz waters and peaceful ambience , but it also offers much to keep holidaymakers occupied. Go on jungle walks, boating excursions, diving and - and of course - savour delicious Creole cuisine. Away from the natural landscape, stay in top-notch accommodation.
Ecuador packs a big punch when it comes to attractions. Though famed for the Galapagos Islands, the country’s colonial towns, Amazonian rainforest and the mighty Andes mountains are not to be missed. Adventurous types will appreciate the volcanoes, foodies will love the chocolate, and storytellers will be amazed by the ancient tribes.
Oman is as mysterious as it is diverse. With jagged mountains, rolling deserts and deserted coastlines, Lightfoot Travel recommends a self-drive tour to see all this enthralling country has to offer. Start in Muscat with its cobbled streets and beaches before visiting the Empty Quarter - the largest desert on earth.
Sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean, Costa Rica offers some of the most pristine and vibrant ecosystems in the world. A playground for thrillseekers, a holiday here promises dazzling wildlife, epic adventures and lush rainforest. For something more gentle, bathe in hot volcanic springs, or pitch up on a tropical beach.
The adventure capital of the world offers an unbeatable combination of fun for all. Hike sprawling farmlands in Hawke’s Bay, sample offerings in the wine the regions of Central Otago, shop and eat in the hip cities of Wellington and Auckland, or explore the mountain ranges showcased in Lord of the Rings.