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Travel Ideas in November

Best places to travel in November 2022

Though the temperatures may begin to drop, November still offers plenty of opportunity for active adventure. Trek to the top of the world in the Himalaya Mountains in Nepal, and witness the sunrises over the tops of the peaks. Enjoy snorkelling or scuba diving in the warmer temperatures of the Red Sea in Egypt, where the water is a clear blue and the coral reefs teem with marine life. Or experience Vietnam by bicycle, along the countryside around the historic merchants' town of Hoi An or through the rice terraces and remote villages of Sapa.

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1. Sweden

If you’re after a real winter-wonderland experience and are prepared for the cold, November is a rewarding time of year to visit Sweden. Plummeting temperatures bring snow, especially in the far north of the country, so it’s a great time to explore Sweden’s landscapes through activities such as husky sledding — or even reindeer herding with Lapland’s indigenous Sámi people. November is also a good time of year to see the northern lights, wherever you are in the country. Visiting Sweden in November also means you won’t have to contend with the busyness of Christmastime, when Swedish families often travel domestically.

Reindeer in the snow
Reindeer in the snow

2. Mexico

November is a classic time of year to visit Mexico, for one main reason: this is when the country launches itself into an exuberant festive mood for its Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), taking place around the first day of November. Yes, it’ll be busy, especially in Oaxaca and Mexico City, but that’s all part of the experience, as communities celebrate with parades, live music, and candlelit feasting in cemeteries. November is also a good month to visit the country as a whole: the rainy season has usually petered out by now and warm days have returned, making it a good time to explore Mexico’s smaller towns, beaches and coastal regions.

Day of the Dead celebrations
Day of the Dead celebrations

3. Canada

Temperatures drop and snow begins to fall, but this brings a raft of different experiences to a Canada trip. Winter festivals, ice-skating rinks and Christmas markets open toward the end of the month, making it a good time for a city break. Wrap up for a walking tour before sipping a hot chocolate, or stay cosy inside museums and galleries. You can still explore the country’s wilderness areas, too. Visitor numbers are low at this time of year, so you can enjoy views of the snow-smeared mountains in solitude. You might also catch the tail-end of the salmon run along British Columbia’s coast or the polar-bear watching season in Churchill.

Polar Bears near Hudson Bay
Polar Bears near Hudson Bay

4. The USA

While temperatures drop and the weather becomes less predictable in the northern half of the USA in November, regions like the Deep South, Florida, California and the Southwest remain mild and largely dry. It’s also an excellent time to visit Hawaii, where the sun still shines and you can enjoy the islands’ beaches and forested interiors before visitors arrive for the festive period. Autumn arrives later in the south, so you can still enjoy fall foliage in areas such as Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. Avoid the week of Thanksgiving, which falls on the fourth Thursday of November, as travel will be busy and prices higher throughout the country.

Makena Beach, Maui
Makena Beach, Maui

5. India

November is one of the best months to travel to India, whichever region you decide to visit. With the exception of colder northern areas like Ladakh and the Himalaya, temperatures are warm but not stifling hot as they are in summer, and rainfall is generally low. The comfortable temperatures make November a good time for exploring the country’s cities and for viewing wildlife in the national parks, although be prepared for higher visitor numbers. Diwali, in some years, takes place in November, so you might see increased crowds around this time. For time on the beach, head to Goa, where you’ll enjoy warm, dry weather.

Goa beach, Goa
Goa beach, Goa

6. Australia

Spring is in full swing and temperatures are on the rise, though are still mild enough to make for comfortable hiking conditions along the coast and in the country’s national parks. Landscapes in the north are peppered with wildflowers after stormy downpours, and rainforests and wetlands are alive with birds and other wildlife. It’s also a good time to stroll city streets in the south, where it’s warm and dry, and for a road trip along the east coast before the days heat up. It’s warm and sunny on the beaches, although the water is a little cooler after the winter months.

Margaret River Vines
Margaret River Vines

7. South Africa

Marking the beginning of South Africa’s summer, November brings pleasantly warm temperatures, without being as hot as later in the season. While rains arrive in some areas, such as Kruger National Park and KwaZulu-Natal, these tend to be short and stormy, leaving the air fresh afterwards. It means there are fewer visitors on safari in the Kruger, despite it still being a good time for seeing wildlife. Elsewhere, it’s a good time to drive the Garden Route, and you can still pause to see southern right whales off the coast before they migrate south.

Plettenberg Bay, The Garden Route
Plettenberg Bay, The Garden Route

8. Costa Rica

The end of the rainy season in Costa Rica can be difficult to predict, but the heaviest rain is usually over by mid-to-late November. Visiting at this time means there’ll be fewer people, so you’ll benefit from a wider choice of hotels at good value. You’ll also find temperatures are more comfortable than during the summer months, remaining pleasantly warm. In national parks, fewer visitors mean wildlife can be easier to spot and the forests will be particularly green after the rains, with waterfalls in full flow. It’s also a good time to relax along either of the coasts, where it’s just heating up but you don’t see the crowds that summer brings.

Two-toed sloth, Costa Rica
Two-toed sloth, Costa Rica

9. Vietnam

November is one of the most popular months to explore Vietnam. In the northern areas, the heat, rain and humidity of summer start to decrease dramatically and you’ll find pleasantly warm temperatures and dry days. In the south, this is the beginning of the hot dry season, making it an excellent time to relax on Vietnam’s beaches including Phu Quoc, Mui Ne and Phan Thiet. The central region remains balmy at this time of year, but you can expect occasional bursts of sudden, heavy rainfall.

Beach on Phu Quoc Island
Beach on Phu Quoc Island

10. Japan

With crisp air, blue skies and the most brilliant foliage of the season, November is an excellent time to visit Japan. Mountainsides erupt in flaming orange, bright crimson and glowing gold leaves, providing an eye-catching backdrop for the country’s many walking trails. In the cities, you can visit temples and shrines, which often have leafy gardens, for easy foliage viewing. Mornings and evenings can be chilly, especially toward the end of the month, but it’s easy to slip into a hot spring to warm up.

A temple garden in autumn
A temple garden in autumn
Last Updated: 30/06/2021 07:39:57