The best holiday destinations in November

The best holiday destinations in November

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07 September

If you’re feeling down when November rolls around, you’re not alone. Cold days, long nights and the start of winter can be enough to make anyone cry. At this time of year, you might find yourself desperately wishing you were somewhere else — so why not go for it? The only question is — in November, where to go and escape the cold? Look for holidays in November abroad and forget those winter blues.

The best thing about going on holiday in November is the lack of crowds. This is the low season in many of the world’s most interesting destinations, so you’ll be able to explore as much as you like without having to elbow coachloads of tourists out of the way. November is the perfect time of year to get away from it all, and these top destinations will help chase away the winter blues.

Bolivia and Chile

It’s logical, right? If you want good weather in November, you’ll have to head to the Southern Hemisphere. While the nights in Europe are getting longer and the days are getting darker, on the other side of the world, summer is just around the corner. That makes November the perfect time for a fun-packed trip to South America, and two of our favourite countries are Bolivia and Chile.

If you love nature, then start packing your backpack right now. These countries are some of the best places to travel in November if you want spectacular scenery. Your Instagram-worthy photos will have your friends back home turning green with envy. In Bolivia, you’ll see otherworldly locations like Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt desert on the planet, or Laguna Colorada, a lake with vivid red — yes, red — waters. Forget the filters! These natural wonders will take your breath away.

Chile is also high on our list of November holiday destinations. Check out the dazzling colours of the flowers in Patagonia right at the start of South American spring. This is also the perfect time of year to visit the Andes. The snow has finally melted, and the mountains couldn’t be more beautiful. If you can ever imagine getting tired of this natural beauty, you’re also in luck. The weather in Santiago is mild and pleasant, so it’s one of our top picks for November city breaks.

Are you ready to go to the other side of the world for your perfect November holiday? Join us on this epic road trip across Bolivia and Chile, and discover some of the world’s most beautiful natural wonders!

The mirror of the world, the Bolivian salt lake

Nepal

Monsoon season is finally over, and the weather is clear and bright. Strap on your hiking boots because this November, a Himalayan adventure is waiting for you. Colourful and vibrant, Nepal is a country unlike any other. Its brilliant colours earn it a place on our list of top November holiday destinations. As you admire the kaleidoscopic landscapes and gorgeously decorated temples, you’ll forget all about the grey weather and drizzle back home.

Don’t worry — we don’t expect you to tackle Everest. Unless you’ve got about $50,000 to spare, the world’s highest mountain will not be on your itinerary. However, Everest makes the perfect backdrop to your Nepalese adventure. It’s the perfect time of year to go hiking in the Annapurna area of the Himalayas. Spend your days trekking through these lush green mountains before arriving at one of the charming, traditional villages in the late afternoon. There’s always something new to discover in these settlements: colourful temples, spicy pickled vegetables, intricate statues and more. All this and more makes Nepal one of the best holiday destinations in November.

You can also take this opportunity to see Nepal beyond the mountains. Visit Chitwan National Park, one of the last refuges for many species of Asian wildlife. If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a rhino, elephant or crocodile. There are even groups of Bengal tigers living in the park, and if you manage to spot one, you’ll never forget it.

The world’s highest mountains, unspoiled wilderness and one of the most fascinating, ancient cultures on the planet. Like the way it sounds? Sign up for this group trip to Nepal and enjoy the trek of a lifetime at one of the best holiday destinations in November.

Colour-coordinated bunting on the mountains during the day in Nepal

Costa Rica

In November, you might feel like it’s a very long time before beach season rolls around again. That’s why we recommend taking a trip to Costa Rica. This tropical paradise is one of the best places for sun in November. This tiny country boasts two very different coastlines, so you can decide if you want the surfer’s paradise of the Pacific or the rustic charm of the Caribbean. Either way, you’re sure to enjoy an epic sun holiday. Grab your swimsuit and sunscreen, and get ready for a November break like no other.

As well as being a great choice if you’re looking for hot countries in November, Costa Rica has a wealth of natural riches. This is a superb choice if you want to see some of the world’s most fascinating wildlife. From adorable sloths to bright-green tree frogs, from roaring jaguars to skittish tapirs, this country has so much to offer the animal lover. Plus, you can go diving or snorkelling in those clear blue waters, where you’ll be surrounded by dolphins, rays, sea turtles and more.

Whether you’re catching waves on the Pacific coast or kayaking down the rivers of Tortuguero National Park, this is heaven for adventure lovers. But it’s not just the weather and water that makes this one of the best holiday destinations in November. You’ll be drooling once you start thinking about the food! Fresh fruit bursting with flavour and some of the Caribbean’s best cocktails — it’s all waiting for you in this lush tropical destination.

Our Costa Rican adventure will take you to the country’s most interesting destinations. You’ll hike through rainforests, kayak down jungle rivers and see the best that this Central American paradise has to offer. Are you up for the challenge of exploring one of the best holiday destinations in November?

Aerial view of the trees near the sea

Bali

Many of the best places to go in November are ideal if you’re in search of pure nature, and Bali is no exception. This Indonesian island is a little slice of paradise with lush rainforests, stunning waterfalls, beautiful beaches and perfectly clear water. The landscapes you’ll see in Bali look like something from an influencer’s travelogue. November is one of the most budget-friendly times of the year to visit. The annual rains mean that you’ll find the jungles are greener than ever, and it’s the perfect time to go looking for wildlife in the country’s many nature reserves.

What makes Bali such a popular destination? We reckon it’s that blend of natural beauty and stunning heritage. You’ll see it at its best at sites like Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, known as the floating temple. This Hindu temple stands right on the edge of Lake Bratan, and its reflection in the clear blue water makes it look like it’s floating. It’s the kind of view that will take your breath away. You can do your best to capture it with your camera, but no photo can ever live up to the real thing.

Bali is also known for its world-class cuisine, with an emphasis on the glorious local ingredients. You’ll enjoy spicy plates of rendang, flavour-packed satay and the island’s most famous delicacy: suckling pig. Pick up a glass of fresh coconut water to wash it all down and drink a toast to this paradise island. One bite, and you’ll know why Bali made it on our list of best holiday destinations in November.

We’re waiting for you on this world-famous tropical island. Join us for an 8-day adventure in the north of Bali, with hikes, beach days and the chance to eat top-quality food.

A picture of a temple in Bali

Iceland

OK, so it’s November, and you want to know where to go for a truly unique holiday. If you can handle the cold, there’s only one choice. This is the perfect time of year to see the Northern Lights in Iceland, which makes those long nights a lot more bearable. There’s really nothing like seeing the night sky light up in a brilliant blaze of colours. Just make sure you wrap up warm because when we say it’ll be cold, we mean it!

Luckily, you’ll have plenty of things to fill your days. There’s no time for complaining about the chill in the air when you’re kept busy exploring this tiny volcanic island nation. Go for a hike on an immense glacier, then head to the Blue Lagoon to soak your aching muscles. Explore ice caves, waterfalls and some of the world’s most dramatic scenery. Are you a bit of a film and TV buff? Then you might well recognise many of the country’s sights, as Iceland is a popular location for sets, with everything from Game of Thrones to James Bond filmed here.

Oh, and if you need another reason to visit, the first week of November hosts the Iceland Airwaves Festival, the country’s biggest and best music festival. This festival attracts big-name international artists, as well as home-grown superstars like Bjork and Sigur Ros. Live music with the Northern Lights in the background? Where do we sign up?

Do you dream of seeing the Northern Lights? Our Icelandic tour will let you enjoy nights filled with colour and days filled with adventure. There’s nothing quite like it!

Northern Lights in Iceland

India

At the end of the monsoon season, India is one of the best places to visit in November. As the annual rains dry up, the country is at its best: lush greenery between the cities, white beaches in Goa and ancient architecture. Whether you dream of practising yoga in the Indian countryside, want to take a romantic trip to the Taj Mahal or just really like the idea of eating a truly authentic curry, this is a holiday destination you’ll never forget.

Indian culture delights visitors from around the world. If you’re a lover of spicy food, you’ll be in heaven here — and there’s always a vegetarian option on the menu, so everyone will be happy. Beyond the food, the country also boasts some of the planet’s most impressive monuments. Top of the list is the Taj Mahal, with its romantic backstory and impossibly white walls. It’s not the only thing to see, though. Pay a visit to nearby Fatehpur Sikri, a stunning Murghal city that took a full decade to build and was abandoned just a few years later. It has stood as a ghost town for over four hundred years and is one of the most interesting sights in the country.

It’s also worth taking a trip to Varanasi, where the sacred waters of the Ganges provide a backdrop for countless rituals and festivals. This vibrant city is always packed with activities, and it gives you an awesome glimpse into the heart of the Hindu religion.

Discover one of the world’s most enduring cultures. Take this 11-day trip across India for an unforgettable November holiday.

Taj Mahal, Agra

Tanzania

Last but not least, Tanzania is an excellent choice for holidays in November abroad. In this East African nation, November marks the start of the annual wildebeest migration across the Serengeti. You’ll be stunned by the sight of millions of these huge, rugged beasts making their way across the savannah. It’s not just wildebeest, either — other animals like zebras and gazelles join them on their annual adventure. There are also predators like lions and leopards lurking in the long grasses, waiting to pick off weaker members of the herd.

Tanzania is one of the best countries in Africa for a safari, thanks to the sheer size of its wilderness zones and the thousands of species that live here. In November, you can expect the odd rainstorm, but that can be a good thing: it means you’ll see even more animals when the showers stop. This is also the low season for tourism, which can result in the wildlife acting bolder, with fewer humans around to bother them. All in all, it’s a great time of year for a safari adventure.

If you ever get tired of your days out on safari, you can also visit the paradise island of Zanzibar. By the end of November, the sea is warm enough for you to go snorkelling in the clear waters. And, if you want to just relax on a white sand beach, this is a great place to do it!

Looking for a cure for the winter blues? Our 10-day tour of Tanzania is just what the doctor ordered. You’ll sleep out in a tent, surrounded by Africa’s legendary animals, and spend your days admiring creatures you’ve only ever dreamed of seeing. Discover traditional tribes, unique ways of life and one of the world’s most beautiful countries.

A view of a beach in Zanzibar
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