November is the beginning of the holiday season in most countries. It’s not the conventional time for travel, as people tend to stay put to enjoy being with family and friends. That means airlines, hotels, theme parks and retail brands put up great deals to entice people to travel in November. Be a smart traveler and take advantage of the November travel deals. Enjoy crowd-free beaches, travel discounts and hassle-free transfers. Here are some fantastic places to visit in November; check them out!
1. The Sultanate of Oman and Muscat
Oman is for those who long for blue skies, wide open spaces and crystal clear seas. If you also enjoy scent-filled souks, enough gold to blind you, elaborate mosques and age-old traditions, spend a few days in Muscat. The Musandam Peninsula with its empty coves and warm green-blue waters is a major attraction. It’s cool in November so you can hike up the imposing Hajar Mountains and discover its hidden delights. Camp out along the southern coast in a goat’s hair Bedouin tent and enjoy the dramatic scenery of the huge red desert dunes.
2. United States of America
Avoid the snowed-in regions of America and head to the warm of the south -Tennessee, Marfa, Texas and Memphis. You’ll enjoy the balmy weather, the desert that’s great for exploring both the college town and the desert area. In both places, you’ll find exciting art, great museums, and restaurants well worth the trip. Memphis in particular has incredible green spaces, fabulous restaurants and the not-to-miss National Civil Rights Museum. Stay at the Guest House at Graceland, a colonial-style mansion whose suites have been designed by Priscilla Presley.
3. Andaman Islands
November is the best month to visit the Andaman Islands, when the crowds are thin and you’re free to enjoy the island’s sparkling beaches and adventure tours. The waters are so clear in the Andaman Islands that you can get into a shark cage and get up close to deadly sharks. You can go swimming with the elephants in the wildlife resorts, and have as much beach fun as you like. November is the last month in the monsoon season, so you’re bound to get good deals all around.
4. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
San Miguel de Allende is a bonafide destination for foodies and lovers of the soothing colonial charm with its beautiful architecture, and international restaurants run by celebrated chefs. San Miguel is full of bustling bars and food halls; an annual food festival is held here every July that draws huge crowds. In November, however, you’ll get easy reservations at any hotel, not to speak of discounts and deals. The weather is mild in November as well, which is great for wandering the streets and checking out the lovely architecture. Look up deals at the stunning Rosewood hotel with its artistic décor that reflects San Miguel’s artistic traditions.
November is the perfect time to visit Nepal. The weather is perfect and the skies are clear; if you want to trek the higher Himalayan passes, this is the time to do it. The peaks are breathtakingly beautiful at this time of year. Check out the Buddhist architecture – the monasteries, stupas and gardens. Also, Diwali is celebrated in Nepal in November; enjoy the fireworks, the light displays and the insanely good street food and sweets!
6. Atacama Desert, Chile
Chile can be very cold from June to September and the desert can get really hot from January to March. November is pretty much the best time to visit this country. Be sure to explore the awesome geological formations of the Atacama Desert. Camp out in the desert and gaze at the stars in the clear desert skies. Stay at the Awasi Atacama or the Explora hotel – true value for money. Enjoy horse-back riding over the lovely volcanic rock formations and the sand dunes.
7. Puerto Rico
The Caribbean Island gets incredibly crowded during peak season. In early November, it’s still warm and perfect beach weather and blessings of blessings, it’s not crowded! The best part about Puerto Rico is the food. Enjoy some fabulous meals at one of Jose Enrique’s famous restaurants, or eat your fill at a casual street stall. Stay in the renovated Condado Vanderbilt; a room with a balcony facing the ocean – what more can you ask?
8. Sicily, Italy
If you love Italian wines, then head to Sicily this November. Go on wine-tasting tours at the family-run wineries of the Mount Etna region. This region with its unique volcanic sands produces some fabulous reds. Of course, when you’re in Italy, you must cater to your tastebuds. In November, the best resort villas will be available, so no competing with crowds for a bed. Take your pick; enjoy strolling through the area’s ancient Greek ruins and the stunning landscapes everywhere you look.
9. Jose Ignacio, Uruguay
The summer season at Uruguay begins in November, so catch it at the very beginning. José Ignacio is a sleepy fishing village, which turns glamorous when the rich vacationers arrive here for some beach fun. If you get there early, you can get to enjoy many lazy days at the beach, eating fresh seafood, lounging around – in all, the perfect beach vacation. You can stay in a hotel right on the beach, such as Playa Vik and enjoy uninterrupted days in the sun.
10. New Zealand
In New Zealand, the South Island’s diverse climate allows you to sunbathe in the afternoon and ski in the morning. Visit this action-packed country in November, and you will escape the crowds. You can go swimming, white-water rafting, bungee-jumping, glacier hiking, sky-diving, horse-riding, skiing, surfing, kite-surfing – it’s an endless list of fun activities. In the North Island, you have hot springs everywhere and the most amazing beaches off the coast of Auckland. The movie, ‘The Lord of the Rings’, was filmed in New Zealand, so you know what kind of glorious landscape awaits you. It’s all picture-perfect – the rugged mountaintops, the remote blue bays, and mirror-like ginormous lakes. You’ll start to wonder how one country has been so abundantly blessed. New Zealand is one of the best holiday destinations in November.
Most people contemplate going on vacations during summer when the kids are off school. That’s when most tourist spots are crowded. The fun thing here is to explore what’s happening in those places during November when the crowds have gone home. It’s great fun – do try it this year!