We’re passionate about adventure travel and with 33 years of experience in this niche industry, we understand that this travel style is different from your relaxing-by-the-hotel-pool holiday. The best time to embark on your adventure holiday may differ from the common perception of “go when it’s the hottest and driest”.
That’s why we’ve put together our very own travel calendar, so you can find out where we recommend going each month of the year. Enjoy and get inspired by our November destinations.
1. Taj Mahal, India
It’s no secret that India is hot in summer. While it may be a paradise for people who are looking to relax on one of the idyllic beaches or jungle resorts, if you’re the curious type who likes to explore and travel around, cooler temperatures can go a long way to making the experience.
The Taj Mahal is an all year round destination and you’ll find it impossible to pinpoint a time when you can have this wonder of the world to yourself. However, you can opt for weather that will bring out the best in the architectural masterpiece. November is one of the best times to visit the Taj Mahal, as temperatures from the summer months (they can be as high as 40-45 degrees Celsius) are coming down to an enjoyable 25-30 Celsius degrees. If you’re lucky you can catch the building surrounded by mist towards the end of the month.
Get spiritual on our 14-day tour of India and enjoy a guided tour of the Taj Mahal, visit Jaipur in Rajasthan and experience an overnight train from Varanasi to Delhi.
November marks the transition from wet to dry season, with beautifully clear skies, and temperatures as high as 25-29 degrees Celsius slowly taking over this paradisiac island. The high season starts in December, so make sure you head here in late November to take advantage of the beautiful weather and fewer crowds.
Join our 8-day tour of Belize & Guatemala for the best of both worlds! Enjoy a couple of days on the beach before heading out to explore ancient temples and learn all about new cultures.
3. Northern Thailand
While Northern Thailand is an all year round destination, visiting this part of the world comes with pros and cons no matter what season you choose. At the end of the day, the best time to travel comes down to the nature of your trip and your own preferences. However, as you’ve landed on our website, we’re assuming you love exploration and adventure travel just like us. For that travel style, November is one of the best times of the year to visit Northern Thailand.
November marks the end of the rainy season which runs from June all the way through to October. That means you can enjoy green landscapes with very little rain; and yet temperatures are remaining at a comfortable 25-30 degrees Celsius on average, which makes it perfect for discovering the cities and countryside alike in November.
Explore Northern Thailand on our Thailand in a week tour.
Chile claims the prize for the second longest country (north to south) on the globe. That’s right, second longest, many people don’t realise that Brazil beats Chile by nearly 100km.
With the extreme changes in climate from north to south, it can be difficult to pinpoint the best time to visit Chile, but we might have found the answer. November, when spring is in full swing, brings calmer and warmer days to the southern part of Chile, known as Patagonia, making it the best time to visit this picturesque part of the world. In addition, temperatures in Northern Chile, like the Atacama Desert, are climbing just above 20 degrees Celsius. You’ll probably catch a few raindrops in Santiago, though you needn’t worry about rain in the Atacama Desert, it’s known as the driest desert on earth – some weather stations in the region have never even recorded rain.
Myanmar is sharing their eastern border with Thailand and therefore experiences the same end to the wet season in November. The Burmese consider the temperatures in November “cool”, although for many people across the globe, the mere thought of 25-30 degrees Celsius would break them into a sweat. Comfortable temperatures and little rain make November the best time to explore this cultural gem.
Discover the highlights of Myanmar in only 9 days. From the Shan mountain train journey and a bike tour through Bagan to a visit to an elephant conservation centre and traditional local lunches, you won’t find yourself bored.
Top tip: Want to do more of Southeast Asia? You can easily add another Southeast Asia tour to your Burmese adventure. Browse our Asia tours here.
As Cambodia is part of the Southeast Asia cluster, it’s no surprise that November is also a good time to visit this country. Although the weather can vary slightly within this big country, November is one of the few months where you’re most likely to catch pleasant weather across the board.
The rainy season is coming to an end and exceptionally clear blue skies usually conquer Cambodia by the second half of the month. Although you’re likely to catch a bit of rain in the first couple of weeks of November, when you’re exploring temples and cities in the heat, you’ll welcome a cooling rain shower.
I’m sure you’ve seen many movies set in ancient Egypt, and while the pyramids and scenery look absolutely mesmerising, the images also make you associate the country with unbearable heat and dry desert. In short, the thought of Egypt, as beautiful as it may be, makes you want to grab a glass of ice-cold water and a fan. But fear not, while it’s true that the summers are exceptionally hot, winter in Egypt can be very chilly. That’s why we think the best time to explore and discover the history of Egypt is in November! Temperatures in Cairo usually fluctuate between 20-25 degrees Celsius during the day. Although the nights aren’t too chilly yet, you should come prepared and bring a jumper for evenings just in case!
Are you intrigued by Egypt? Take a look at our 9-day Egypt Adventure group tour.
8. Costa Rica
Most people who want to visit Costa Rica are all about wildlife watching, adventurous activities and appreciating the country’s raw nature. When you research the best time to visit Costa Rica, you may notice that the travel season officially doesn’t start until December; and that’s exactly why mid to end of November is the perfect time to visit. You’re likely to catch a few rain showers from the end of the wet season, but especially in tourist-heavy destinations like Manuel Antonio, you’ll have breath-taking outlook points, beaches and trails nearly all to yourself, as well as temperatures around 20-25 degrees Celsius are perfect for adventurous outdoor activities. If you don’t mind some rain and are mainly after outdoor activities and wildlife watching rather than sunbathing, November is the best month to go, ahead of the peak-season in December. When you’re packing your bag, bear in mind that temperatures in places at altitude, like Santa Elena, will be slightly lower.
Embrace the country’s way of life “Pura Vida” and live in tune with nature for a couple of weeks on our Costa Rica Encompassed tour.
9. Hong Kong
The best time to visit Hong Kong is during their autumn, when temperatures are coming down to 20-25 degrees Celsius after the hot summer months – the perfect weather to explore everything Hong Kong has to offer, from the bustling streets in the centre to tranquil trails and viewpoints just outside the city.
Similar to Northern Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar, one of the best times to visit Laos is in November, when there’s little rainfall and comfortable temperatures which are ideal for exploring.
Opt for the ultimate Southeast Asian adventure and get away on our 29-day Asia Experience tour.
Anna is on the marketing team at Tucan Travel. From a young age Anna has travelled solo and on group tours through Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia.