It’s that time. We’ve all enjoyed another British summer (or the summer wherever you’re based), and it’s time to start thinking about autumn. All of us are craving a little bit more summer, and wondering where we can catch those last rays of October sun, because…
Winter is coming!
Travelling all year round puts me in the perfect position to recommend places for your October sun holiday. Whether you want somewhere close to home or somewhere further away, something luxurious or something on a budget, there’s something for everyone on this list.
And, October is my birthday month, so putting this list together is the perfect excuse for me to get some birthday travel inspiration!
One for every day in October, here are…
Proving that we don’t have to travel so far for some October sun! Sure, it’s not going to be absolutely roasting hot like Europe is in August, but it’s still likely to be in the 20s and sunny. In fact, I prefer exploring without the overwhelming heat! Just take a raincoat in case you get a little shower.
Definitely one for anyone who’s after a unique view of the city! Check out my guide to Dubrovnik here.
Enjoy a city break in Spain’s second-largest city. Check out my guide to Barcelona here.
Why choose one, when you can see them all!? Check out Greece on my blog here.
Explore Protaras, a less-visited city in Cyprus, in style! Check out my experience in Cyprus here.
The water will still be around 22-23 degrees, so great temperatures without the summer crowds!
The Canary Islands receive little rain all year round, making them the perfect October sun destination. Check out my Gran Canaria adventure here.
Said to be the best month for surfing in this beautiful country, catch your October sun on the water. Watch my Portuguese surfing experience come to life in this video.
Expect temperatures around 35 degrees in this area of the world in autumn – perfect for those of you who crave that hot October sun!
My cruise around the Middle East was one of my favourite travel memories of 2019, and in October the weather is warm and dry – perfect for exploring! Read about my Middle Eastern cruise here.
With shoulder season in the north, and the perfect time of year for a beach and bush combination holiday in the centre and in the south, add Africa to your October sun bucket list.
With about one million date trees in the region, this date harvest festival is great fun and full of culture, dates, and traditions! Dates vary according to the harvest each year (enf of October) so try and be flexible if you can.
Although the dry season is coming to an end, you still stand an incredible chance of seeing all the best animals, just at a cheaper price as visitor numbers start to decrease.
The view is breathtaking. Be flexible on the day of your hike as October sees the change from dry to wet season in Bali, so it might rain a little at night.
Northern Thailand is cooler than the South, and experiences a lot less rain. Check out Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai for an ethical sanctuary to volunteer at.
Spring is blooming in Oceania at this time of year: perfect for an October sun adventure that isn’t burning hot.
It’s a big adventure to go on, but so so so worth it.
The best day hike in NZ, hands down. Check out my experience here.
October is one of the best times to hit up North America. The school holiday crowds have calmed and the weather has cooled a little, but not too much!
Check out my Arizona road trip here... although don’t let it end the same way I did!!
Formed within a volcanic cone, this marine preserve has a unique ecosystem, making it perfect for all budding mermaids and mermen!
Not a route for the faint-hearted, but I fully recommend it! Check out the route here.
Despite it being the rainy season in the Caribbean in October, you can still expect 7 hours of sunshine a day with average temperatures over 30 degrees. Downpours tend to be short and sharp so you won’t be kept inside for long periods of time.
Something I should have done long before I did. It was honestly life changing. Read about my experience at The Body Holiday here.
An area of the world that remains on my bucket list!
Spanning across two countries (Chile & Argentina), this is a beautiful part of South America and perfect for an active October sun adventure!
October is the end of the dry season so the weather will still be ok, but you’ll miss the crowds!
And remember, if you are willing to risk the weather, the UK can be a wonderful place to explore in October! Sure, it might rain, but it also might be clear and dry… you won’t know until the day! And if you’re weather ready, does it matter?
Where did you go? I’d love to know!
Love as always + happy adventuring,
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