- Where to go in October
Where to go in October
Come October, autumn has well and truly arrived in the UK. If you’re looking to escape the dark mornings and moody grey skies, where’s best to travel? ‘Leaf peepers’ can look to North America or Japan for spectacular autumn foliage, while wildlife lovers might like to venture to Costa Rica or Madagascar, where there’s a great chance of spotting baby turtles and lemurs.
Our pick: the best places to visit in October
1. MadagascarAs Madagascar runs across several latitudes, there are various ‘best times’ to visit the island depending on which part you’re travelling to. However, we’d pick October and November as our preferred months to holiday here, thanks to the pleasant temperatures and blooming jacarandas – and the fact that this is the time of year lemurs will give birth to their (very cute) babies.
2. New EnglandNew England is famous for its fall colours, when foliage across the region’s 13 states explodes into a riot of russet, ochre and gold. It makes a glorious backdrop to the pretty college towns, clapboard houses and steeple-topped churches – a dream for photographers.
£2,949per person 2 13 days
3. Eastern CanadaAnother great pick for beautiful autumn colours is eastern Canada, particularly in the province of Ontario. Discover forests of red and gold maples, and sample autumnal treats like cranberry wine, maple-infused chocolate, pumpkin pie and baked apples.
£2,549per person 2 12 days
“Autumn is the best time to travel to Japan in my eyes. There are far fewer tourists at the key sites and prices are more reasonable than in the incredibly popular cherry blossom season. To see the amazing autumn colours on the island of Honshu, aim to travel mid-October to early November.”
Cassie Stickland, Product Manager
5. Costa RicaIn Tortuguero, turtle nesting season runs from July to October and hatching season from September to December. Our wildlife-focused tour stays right by the beach for two nights – if we’re lucky, we’ll be able to see turtles either nesting or hatching while we’re here. A real once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Costa Rica and the Panama Canal