Best places to travel in October 2020
October is a great time to immerse yourself completely in another culture. Head to India and join millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains for Diwali, the five-day ‘Festival of Lights’. Experience the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival with the locals in Myanmar, where revered Buddha images are paraded around Inle Lake in an elaborate barge for over 20 days. Or discover the historical sites in Jordan, where the lifting of the summer heat allows you to explore in comfort the Roman ruins at Jerash, and biblical sites such as Mt Nebo and the desert of Wadi Rum.
Popular countries to visit in October
Our specialists share their ideas, personal recommendations and inspiration about the best places to visit in October
Clear, blue skies and more settled weather make October a good time for trekking in Nepal. And for us, this is when the Indian Ocean is at its best, with dry, comfortable weather across the Seychelles and Mauritius. This is also a good time for safaris in Namibia, where the vegetation is fading and game gathers around waterholes as the landscape becomes increasingly arid.
Tours we recommend in October
Trip suggestions that we know capture a route at its best if you’re planning to travel in October.
Relax and enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches on Mauritius.
Explore the island's coastline by kayak or canoe.
Savour the decadent cuisine and attention to detail in one of the hotel's seven restaurants.
Take advantage of the many children's activities at the Belle Mare Plage.
Cycle to Anse Source D'Argent on La Digue - one of the Seychelles' most famous and beautiful beaches.
Take an ox cart ride around La Digue.
Swim and snorkel from the idyllic L'Archipel beach, a crescent of perfect white sand.
Explore the Pyramids of Giza, Saqqara and Dahshur.
Discover the temples and tombs of Luxor's West Bank.
Visit the lesser known temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo.
Take in the varied antiquities in Cairo Museum.
Relax and visit Philae Temple in Aswan.
Explore the temples of Karnak and Luxor on the East Bank.
Visit Kathmandu's Durbar Square and the house of the 'living Goddess'.
Enjoy a day trek in Kathmandu valley, with views of terraced fields and distant Himalayan peaks.
Explore the markets of Bhaktapur, famous for its rich history of arts and crafts including wood carving, pottery and weaving.
Have dinner overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage monument of Bodnath Stupa while monks chant in the evening air.
The chance to see traditional buffalo racing in west Bali.
Snorkel in the clear warm waters of the north coast.
Relax with a stay at a tented camp on the slopes of Mount Batukaru.
Visit the iconic temple of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan at Lake Bratan.
Explore the markets and galleries around Ubud.
Visit the pyramids, the last remaining Ancient Wonder of the World.
Enjoy the scenery of the Nile Valley on a serene cruise.
Discover tombs and temples on Luxor's West Bank.
Explore lesser-known temples at Edfu and Kom Ombo.
Snorkel the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and the colourful coral reefs around the Seychelles.
Stroll along the stunning beaches of La Digue.
Explore the fascinating Vallee du Mai.
Hire a bike and visit a secluded beach for a picnic.
Experience Dublin’s night life on a musical pub crawl.
Sip Irish whiskey with farmhouse cheese pairings.
Drive the spectacular and iconic Ring of Kerry.
Hike Torc Mountain with a guide.
Kayak on one of Killarney’s lakes to Innisfallen Island.
Immerse yourself in the souqs of Marrakesh and see craftsmen busy at their trade.
Learn about Marrakesh’s past by visiting its grand palaces, mosques and gardens with a guide.
Stay in a traditional riad, each of which has its own distinctive character.
Soak up the laid-back, bohemian atmosphere of Essaouria’s historic medina and fishing port.
Go hiking in the High Atlas Mountains and visit traditional Berber villages.
Sample fabulous local wines in the Margaret River wine region.
Hang out with super cute Quokkas on Rottnest Island.
Relax on some of the country's finest pristine white sand beaches.
Wander through ancient Karri forests.
Enjoy dinner overlooking an Indian Ocean sunset.
Explore the historic town of Fremantle, with its convict jails, whaling ships and old taverns.
Experience the vast sandy beaches of Mauritius' east coast.
Explore the northern part of the island, taking picnics to sandy coves, and exploring colourful local towns.
Pass through lush sugar plantations as you explore the island.
Visit the huge Roman site at Jerash.
Travel the King's Highway between Amman and Petra.
Walk down Siq Canyon before emerging into Petra.
Enjoy an extended tour of Wadi Rum.
Relax by the Dead Sea.
Enjoy a shared tour of the magnificent Cape Point and Cape Peninsula.
Take a private tour of Robben Island to learn about South Africa’s apartheid history.
Go wine tasting at the various estates in and around Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.
Enjoy game drives in a private nature reserve, looking for zebra, wildebeest and antelope.
Relax and stroll on the beach in the laid-back coastal town of Paternoster.
Explore Newgrange — an ancient passage tomb that predates the Egyptian pyramids.
Learn the rules of hurling during a hand-on Gaelic games experience.
Visit the iconic Cliffs of Moher.
View the rugged landscape of Connemara National Park.
Explore the cosmopolitan city of Naples on a guided walking tour.
Visit Naples Archaeological Museum and see original relics from Pompeii.
Relax at Ischia’s thermal baths and beaches.
Enjoy panoramic views of Ischia on a private hike followed by a tasty lunch.
See China’s quintessential sights including the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors and the Bund.
Travel by high-speed bullet trains and optional ride on Shanghai’s Maglev train.
Enjoy a cycling tour through the Beijing’s Hutongs.
Explore Xian’s lively Muslim Quarter and the Grand Mosque.
Browse the Salamanca Markets in Hobart for local arts and crafts, surrounded by the historical harbour buildings.
Cruise the Gordon River and take in the local flora, fauna and convict history.
Get up close to the elusive Tasmanian Devils at Cradle Mountain National Park.
Walk to the Wineglass Bay lookout in Freycinet National Park and take your own pictures of one of Australia's most photographed beaches.
Experience the contrast between Old and New Delhi.
Enjoy the breath taking views of the Taj Mahal.
Take a guided tour of Gwalior's little-visited Fort.
Explore Khajuraho's quirky temples.
See the evening pooja (prayers) in Varanasi.
Soak up the art and culture of Durban and sample local Afro-Indian delicacies.
Relax at a countryside retreat in the Midlands, taking leisurely strolls along the river.
Find out about the history of the Battlefields, touring the sites with a knowledgeable guide.
Go hiking, horse riding or mountain biking in the Drakensberg Mountains.
Relax on a beautiful beach in the south with access to great restaurants and beautiful temples.
Soak up the atmosphere of Ubud; the cultural heart of Bali.
Help out with the daily farming practices.
Snorkel in a peaceful bay on the remote northern coast.