Many travel dreams have been put on hold for most of 2020 due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. Days feel endless at the moment, especially if you’re working or self-isolating at home. That’s why it’s more important than ever to stay positive and inspired because we will travel the world, tick off bucket lists and learn about new cultures first-hand again.
We hope our destinations calendar will help you travel in time – to October to be exact – and keep that positive mind set, whether you’re using it to plan your trip of a lifetime or to go an imaginary holiday from the comfort of your own couch.
1. Salt Flats, Bolivia
Most travellers make their way to Bolivia for the stunning Salt Flats and the good news is, they are one of the best places to go in October! Bolivia is experiencing mild weather with usually little rain this time of year, which brings clear blue skies to the country and emphasises the beautiful white Salt Flats that reach as far as the eye can see.
2. Costa Verde, Brazil
Costa Verde in Brazil has it all, stunning beaches, wildlife and lots of adventurous excursions you can organise from bigger cities. Spring in the region Costa Verde is the perfect time to visit for anyone aiming to avoid the heat of the South American summer, while still catching lots of sunshine and a tan. It’s the best time to visit if you’re after “city-ploring” and adventurous excursions.
While Japan’s world-famous cherry blossoms seem like an enticing time to visit the country, think again! Japan might not spring to mind when you’re brainstorming the best places to visit in October, but it certainly deserves a space on your research list.
Green trees transform into a playful spectacle of yellow, orange and red and the cooler autumn air will make you truly appreciate a visit to the traditional ‘onsens’ (hot water springs) and deliciously warming meals like Ramen.
Travel from Tokyo all the way south to Nagasaki and get a real feel for Japan and its unique culture on our 15-day Japan Adventure tour.
4. Annapurna Foothills, Nepal
Although many travellers prefer the Annapurna Foothills between June to September, due to fewer crowds and cheaper flights, those shying away from mere drizzle rain can hike the Annapurna Foothills in October with confidence that they’re likely to catch the best weather all year. October brings pleasant temperatures before the colder winters, as well as you can expect predominantly blue skies and clear views.
Explore remote Nepal in October on our 11-day Highlights of Nepal tour.
Top Tip: October is the most popular time to visit Nepal, make sure you book in advance to avoid increasing prices! (It might not seem like it right now, but prices will go up.)
5. Sahara Desert, Morocco
Many travellers are under the impression that the best time to visit Morocco is during summer. The high flight prices can be misleading, but anyone who’s made the trip to Morocco from June through to September will know that the midday sun is definitely not your friend.
In October evenings start to cool down, but if you’re after a sunny October getaway, midday temperatures still climb as high as 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit).
With generally cheaper prices and balanced temperatures that won’t spoil your mood to explore, Morocco makes a great getaway in October.
Enjoy a scenic drive to the Sahara Desert, try some authentic Moroccan food and spend a night stargazing on one of our most popular Morocco itineraries – Best of Morocco.
6. Wadi Rum, Jordan
Similar to Morocco, October brings the perfect balance of pleasant day and night time temperatures to the country. Especially in Wadi Rum, the southern part of the country, you can enjoy stargazing in clear conditions. But do remember to take a jumper!
Got stargazing on your mind? Opt for our 8-day Journey to Jordan tour and be mesmerised by the twinkling night sky.
7. Patagonia, Chile & Argentina
October marks the beginning of spring in the southern hemisphere. In the southern region of Chile and Argentina, known as Patagonia, that means the cold and stormy winter months are coming to an end and the travel season in Patagonia is slowly kicking off again.
The season in Patagonia runs from October all the way through to March, with the high season (and the busiest months) falling from the end of November to early February. If you’d like to experience Patagonia in its true tranquil and mesmerising beauty then October is the best time to visit.
Is Patagonia on your bucket list? Check out our 10-day Highlights of Patagonia tour.
8. The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Officially October is part of the low-season in the Galapagos. But as you may have noticed, we prefer a lot of destinations in shoulder and off-peak season, as you can expect a more authentic experience with fewer crowds and lower prices. (There are some exceptions, e.g. we don’t run tours in Patagonia’s off-peak season due to bad weather.)
But back to the Galapagos, in October you can expect warm temperatures of around 22 degrees Celsius (77 in Fahrenheit) with dry and mist-free days. The Humboldt current from the Antarctic also delivers essential nutrients to the island group which is partly responsible for a rich wildlife experience.
Due to the limited amount of visitors allowed to the Galapagos islands and the costs that are involved, a trip to this remote part of the world is truly a once in a lifetime experience. The Galapagos Islands are an all year round destination and while we think October is one of the best times to go, it really depends on your preferences, animals you’d like to see and excursions you’d like to go on.
Find out more about wildlife on the Galapagos Islands here.
Namibia is one of the best places to visit in October. Temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius (86 in Fahrenheit), in combination with little rain makes it the perfect time to enjoy a game drive without breaking a sweat. Travel towards the end of the month to dodge the crowds and enjoy an affordable safari in Etosha National Park, before heading to the Namib Desert for unforgettable views.
Find out more about our group tours to Namibia here.
10. Prague, Czech Republic
There is something about experiencing Eastern Europe in the fall. The heat of the summer months is wearing off and you’re likely to wake up to foggy and mystic mornings in Prague, which adds to the flair of the architecture that can be found here. The milder temperatures of usually 10-15 degrees Celsius (50-59 in Fahrenheit) are perfect for exploring.
Even traditional food in the region is made for the milder weather in October. A wide array of delicious comfort food is awaiting you. Plus, it’s now officially shoulder season in Europe which means fewer crowds and cheaper flights.
Does this sound like a bit of you? Go on an Eastern Europe adventure and explore the Czech Republic in all its colourful beauty on a 17-day tour.
Anna is on the marketing team at Tucan Travel. From a young age Anna has travelled solo and on group tours through Europe, Northern Africa, the Americas and Asia.