October marks the beginning of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, bringing with it lovely scenery, crisp weather and clement weather. Cyprus and Croatia are ideal for those wanting history and heat mixed with activities and beach, but if it’s just sweeping sands that you’re after, Mauritius, Bali and Oman offer barefoot luxury ideal for the half-term holiday. Go adventurous in Bhutan and Bolivia where you can hike diverse terrain, or opt for a roadtrip in Patagonia and see the country at your own speed. For wildlife, discover endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda and the big five in South Africa after sampling the vineyards in the Winelands.
Ringed by azure waters, fringed by beautiful coastline, and blessed with a seemingly endless summer, Cyprus an ideal beach destination. Find wild sands on the rugged Akamas Peninsula, or pristine strips such as Golden Beach on the Karpas Peninsula. History buffs will love exploring the fascinating history, meanwhile the Troodos Mountains provide epic hiking opportunities.
SPF and swimsuits at the ready: the Mauritian coastline plays host to some of the most exclusive resorts in the world. From young families to honeymooners to multi-gen groups, there’s plenty to keep you busy. Stroll along gorgeous beaches, indulge in a host of watersports and enjoy world-class restaurants and spas. Barefoot at its best!
Croatia is wonderful in October as the sun dances across the picturesque lakes, yacht-filled harbours, dense forests and UNESCO-listed towns. Zagreb is one of the great central European capitals, while the medieval town of Dubrovnik is utterly beautiful. The old walls of Split house the Diocletian’s Palace alongside swish bars and restaurants.
The Kingdom of Bhutan is synonymous with peace, a rooted culture and happiness (the country tops the Gross National Happy Index). In October the air is clear and fresh making the snow-capped peaks and countless trails ideal for trekkers. After a day outdoors, return to a lodge offering relaxation, luxury and unique character.
Somewhat overshadowed by its bigger and more well-known neighbours, Bolivia is a fantastic place to visit in October with excellent hiking, lush jungles and the famous Salar de Uyuni – the world’s biggest and most impressive salt flat – which offers a truly surreal experience.
October is a great time to visit China. Its cities such as Shanghai and Beijing have cooled down considerably, but it’s well before the unforgiving winters roll in. Our favourite province of Yunnan, with towns such as Lijiang and Shangri La, is beautiful, with cool air and clear skies.
A land of beauty and wilderness, Oman is an increasingly popular destination. From the romance of the deserts and old forts, to the powdery beaches and luxury resorts, to the endless mountain ranges, there is much to do and discover. For the ultimate East Africa experience, camp out under the stars at Wahiba Sands.
Where to start in South Africa? Fly into vibrant Cape Town, South Africa’s most popular city packed with dining options, quality wine and endless activities. Combine it with a visit to the Winelands and a self-drive trip down the Garden Route before hitting the wild coast and embarking on a safari.
Rwanda today is a friendly destination with amazing safaris and wildlife, including the chance to see endangered mountain gorillas roaming the country’s two famous national parks. Away from the animal world, the capital of Kigali and the Musanze caves are well worth a visit. Also great are the resorts on the shores of Lake Kivu.
Want adventure? Head to Patagonia and experience it on a roadtrip in a jeep. Lightfoot Travel can help plan your route, taking you across the breathtaking terrain of Chile and Argentina, including stops at Los Glaciares National Park or Torres de Paine National Park. The choice is yours.
Bali is one of the few beach destinations in Southeast Asia that isn’t in its rainy season in October. Soak up the atmosphere at one of the many sweeping beaches, cycle through the rice paddy fields, or get spiritual on a yoga break. Lightfoot Travel have a handpicked portfolio of private villas that are perfect for families over the October half-term holidays.