November is almost here! It’s the lull before the storm; it’s the month before the crazy holiday season kicks-off. If you are planning to go on a holiday, this is the right month to get the best of everything. In November, you will find most of the touristy destinations less crowded, hotels cheaper than expected, and the weather – just perfect.
Here’s a list of 7 amazing places for your November sojourn. And, we also tell you why these 7 destinations are best for a November holiday.
So why the delay? Pick your favourite destination, book your flights, and just take off!
1. New Zealand
With the departure of the spring season, Kiwis welcome summer with fervor. November is the time when the days are longer and warmer, meaning you have more time at hand to indulge in adventure activities like hiking, bungee jumping, skydiving, kayaking, and jet boating. The laid-back ones can opt for walking and fishing. It’s much quieter this time of the year – sans the crowd. There is plenty of accommodation at low-season prices for those choosing to travel during this month. Beach lovers can head to the Abel Tasman National Park or Kaiteriteri in the South Island, or the Bay of Plenty or Gisborne in the north. New Zealand is a must-visit destination for a November holiday!
Events in New Zealand in November:
Hunter’s Garden Event, Marlborough region, New Zealand (Garden event), November 8 – 11
Toast Martinborough, Martinborough, North Island (Annual wine and food festival), November 18
One of the best months to visit India is November. Major parts of the country are fresh and green with the departure of the monsoon season. The party capital of India – Goa, is the place to spend a relaxing vacation. The weather is just right to enjoy the sun and sand. Sit by a beach shack and relish the Goan cuisine, explore night markets, choose from various water sports activities, and party the night away.
If you are in a mood for a culture trip, then head to Rajasthan. Witness the royalty, grandiose, and vibrancy of this stunning Indian state. In the month of November, the festive season is in full swing. The otherwise calm lakeside town of Pushkar (in Rajasthan) turns into a big carnival with the Pushkar Camel Fair. This 12-day-long festival is one-of-a-kind. Devoted to the buying and selling of camels, cows, sheep, horses, and goats, this festival is not to be missed.
Events in India in November:
Goa International Jazz Festival, November 27 – 29
Pushkar Camel Fair, Rajasthan, November 15 – 23
Spanning two countries (Chile and Argentina), Patagonia is nature’s gift to mankind. This vast, empty land boasts of snow-kissed peaks, flowing waterfalls, magnificent glaciers, and fascinating national parks. To make the most of this surreal destination, plan a trip in November. It’s when the wild flowers bloom and summer season comes calling! Adventure seekers can expect a lot more during this season. Kayaking, mountain biking, trekking, and horse riding – November is the best month to enjoy these activities to their fullest. Wildlife lovers are in for a treat as well. Sighting of rare animals like puma, pudus, guanacos, and condors is much more easier during November. Though days are warmer, the nights can be chilly with occasional rainfalls, so make sure you pack accordingly.
Event in Patagonia in November:
Patagonian Expedition Race, November 17 – 30 (Annual endurance adventure race)
4. The Caribbean
There is nothing quite like the Caribbean in the month of November. The idea is to relax, sit by the beach, and have the time of your life! During November, the hotel rates are dirt cheap; the generally occupied resorts are vacant and you are more likely to find some awesome off-season deals! The weather is great to soak up some sun. Last but definitely not the least – the festivals. Head to one of the most celebrated and sophisticated events in the Caribbean – the Caribbean Food & Wine Festival in Turks and Caicos. Cayman Islands hosts the annual Pirates Week – this festival celebrates years of Pirate Folklore and Cayman Culture and is a must-attend. So why not give the Caribbean a shot before the year ends?
Events in the Caribbean in November:
Caribbean Food & Wine Festival, Turks & Caicos, November 1 – 3
Pirates Week in the Cayman Islands, November 8 – 12
If witnessing the greatest phenomenon on earth – the Northern Lights, is on your bucket list, then November is the best time to make a trip to Iceland. There are other host of adventure activities that you can look forward to during your visit to Iceland. Glacier hiking, snowmobiling, horseback riding, surfing, snorkeling, and the most popular being, ice-caving. If you are brave enough to fight the weather, we suggest you try the hot springs. Just jump into the hot spring and enjoy the wonders of nature. The waters of Iceland are famous for spotting humpback whales, blue whales, minke whales, and white-beaked dolphins. So make sure you take some time out to see these lovely mammals in action. Get up-close with the adorable Siberian huskies as you go zooming off in dog sledges; November is the perfect time to enjoy this exhilarating experience.
Event in Iceland in November:
Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavik, November 7 – 10 (Annual music festival )
November is the perfect month to explore the beautiful country of Thailand. As the country has just bid adieu to the monsoons, the weather is cool to enjoy the outdoors. The hotel prices are also reasonable and you can strike some good deals. It is an ideal month to explore the stunning islands of Krabi, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Tao, Koh Samet and more. Travelling to Thailand during this month can score you some more brownie points – you can be a part of the various festivals held across the country. Loy Krathong – the festival of light, is the most widely celebrated and enchanting festival. A small banana leaf float is made with a glowing candle and is released in the water, which symbolizes release of regret, fear, and negativity. The event is followed by lively parades, lantern-making contests, firework displays, and tons of lip-smacking Thai food.
Events in Thailand in November:
Loy Krathong, Chiang Mai, November 14 – 16
Lopburi Monkey Banquet, Lopburi, November 26 – 27 ( Food fest for monkeys )
Clear skies, incredible views – November is the apt month to head for an expedition in Nepal. Trekking is lot more easier during this time; the Annapurna Circuit and Everest, no matter the route, you will be blessed with awesome scenery and clear pathways. If adventure is not your calling, then there are plenty of stunning Buddhist monasteries, stupas, and lush gardens to explore. Watch the sunrise in Sarangkot or bask in the surreal views of Phewa Lake, every nook and corner of the country is breath-taking, making Nepal a photographer’s delight. Shop for lovely souvenirs or relish the local food – Nepal is truly invigorating. If you happen to visit Nepal during Diwali, don’t miss Kukur Tihar – a festival dedicated to dogs. Cute, adorable, and human’s best friend – on this day, these lovely canines are treated as royalty and fed quality dog food. Stray or home-owned, all are treated equally with love and affection.
Events in Nepal in November:
Jazzmandu Festival ( Jazz festival ), November 1 – 6
Kukur Tihar, Nepal Dog Festival, November 6