Best Holidays for October 2017

Himalayan hiking adventures await you with clear skies and mountain vistas

Where to go on holiday in October

October means autumn for much of the Northern Hemisphere so it's a wonderful time to visit the Far East, which is often carpeted in beautiful autumnal colours of red, orange and gold with countries like South Korea at their most scenic. Temperatures are cool but the skies are often clear and the Croatia sailing season will end mid-month. It's still the rainy season across Southeast Asia so expect showers if planning a visit to the region. Rains and strong winds are also targeting Central America at this time of year so for guaranteed dry weather and some sun, head to the Middle East where temperatures are pleasantly warm.

If you're looking for inspiration for where to travel to in October 2017, take a look at our top recommended destinations and experiences that this month offers around the world. We've also compiled our best October beach destinations for those looking for a bit of sun, sea and sand, as well as a guide to where best to head for wildlife adventures.

Top Destinations and Experiences in October

Mountain vistas

Trekking in the Himalayas

After the monsoon rains the clouds clear across the Himalayan region to reveal spectacular mountain vistas. October and November are two of the best months to trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal when visibility is at its best. Temperatures at this altitude will be cold but the days will be dry and clear. It's also a great time to explore neighbouring Tibet and Bhutan.

Diwali India
Festival of light

Diwali in India

Celebrating the victory of good over evil and the triumph of light over dark, the ancient festival of Diwali is one of the most important Hindu festivals in India. Millions of candles are lit across the country and arranged alongside decorations made from coloured powder in front of family homes, temples and even shops. It's a particularly pretty and welcoming time to visit as families gather together to celebrate.

Takayama Autumn Festival - Festival Tours - Japan - On The Go Tours
Autumn scenery

Takayama Festival in Japan

The Autumn Takayama Festival in Japan is one of the country's most beautiful festivals. Over two days in October grand yatai floats are paraded through the streets of Takayama town to honour Sakurayama Hachiman Shrine. The floats are decorated with stunning motifs, lanterns and even puppet shows. Against the backdrop of vivid autumnal reds, oranges and yellows, Takayama comes alive with festivities and colour.

Day of the Dead altar offering in Mexico - On the Go Tours
Ghoulish delights

Day of the Dead in Mexico

Known as the Día de los Muertos in Spanish, the Day of the Dead is Mexico's most famous and popular festival. It's a time for friends and family to gather and remember those that have passed, honouring dead relatives with private altars and decorating graves with sugar skulls and marigold flowers. Spectacular parades are held in the larger towns and cities with people dressing in fine attire with skull masks, making it a fascinating time to visit Mexico.

Abu Simbel with bright blue sky - Egypt Tours - On The Go Tours
Alignment of the sun

Sun Festival at Abu Simbel

Twice a year the sun aligns to beautifully illuminate the inner sanctum of the incredible temple at Abu Simbel. Built by King Ramses II, the temple was specifically designed so that this alignment would occur on the date of the king's coronation (21st February) and his birthday (21st October). This extraordinary feat of ancient engineering has to be seen to be believed and it's the perfect time to visit the rest of Egypt with pleasant temperatures for sightseeing.

Best Beach Destinations in October

It's the final month of the monsoon season in Southeast Asia so there'll still be high rainfall across the prime beach destinations, however, East Africa's coast is still a reliable option as is the Middle East with pleasant temperatures and lots of sunshine. Central America is best avoided at this time of year as hurricanes and typhoons are likely to be hitting the region.



It's spring in the Southern Hemisphere and this means cool and dry weather perfectly suited for a Zanzibar holiday. The sandy shores are drenched in sun, the waters are warm and there will be little rain. October is also a great time for diving off the north coast of the island and if you're thinking of combining beach with a safari adventure, the Great Wildebeest Migration is in full swing in Tanzania so an ideal time.

Hurghada Highlight


October brings with it much cooler temperatures across Egypt so it's a great time to head to the Red Sea for some sun, sea and sand. Expect sunny, dry days perfect for sunbathing and snorkeling with great diving opportunities year-round. With the bi-annual Sun Festival happening in Abu Simbel, it's an ideal time to combine beach with culture and the delights of the Red Sea with the ancient wonders of Egypt from Cairo to Luxor.

Taghazoute 1 - surfer


With a sizeable slice of Mediterranean and Atlantic coastline, Morocco has a great selection of beach resorts to choose from whether it's Tangier on the Strait of Gibraltar or Essaouira with its beautiful walled medina only a few hours' drive from Marrakech. October is also a good time for surfing with Taghazoute the country's premier surfing destination with large swells and plenty of surf points to try.

Best Wildlife Destinations in October

Peak safari season in Africa is coming to a close as October marks the final month of the dry season - soon the rains will return causing vegetation to thrive and creating more water sources for the animal population. Elsewhere, the Amazon is still relatively dry with great fishing and jungle trekking opportunities while the cool and dry season across the Galapagos is ideal for diving and there's always some activity in the wildlife world. In Costa Rica it's nesting season for Hawksbill and Leatherback turtles.



The monsoon rains have petered out come October and India's national parks reopen for business. The landscapes are lush with foliage and rivers full with water so it's a great time of year for landscape photography with the added bonus of the chance to spot a Bengal tiger in the wild along with plenty of other wildlife including sambar, chital, nilgai, wild boar, leopard, sloth bear and myriad birdlife.

Wild elephants at Minneriya National Park

Sri Lanka

October is the final month of Sri Lanka's wildlife spectacle - the annual 'gathering' of hundreds of elephants that flock to Minneriya National Park looking for a reliable water source as the rains stop across the North Central & Eastern provinces. The majestic creatures gather around the centrepiece reservoir and come November will disperse across the region as the approaching rains create more varied water sources.


Southern Africa

It's the last month of southern Africa's dry season so it's a good time to head to the region on safari before the rains begin. In Botswana you'll find large herds of elephants gathering in Chobe National Park while in Namibia the Namib-Naukluft is a good choice with the coastal winds keeping it cooler. By this point in the year many habitats have gone without rain for almost five months so vegetation will be at its thinnest, ideal for spotting wildlife.

Wildebeest Zebra Migration - Africa Overland Safaris - Africa Lodge Safaris - Africa Tours - On The

East Africa

By and large this is the last month that herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle will attempt to cross the Mara River from the northern region of the Serengeti into the adjacent Masai Mara. This is one of the most impressive times to visit Kenya and Tanzania during the Great Migration as come November short rains will begin, encouraging the growth of vegetation that makes wildlife viewing more challenging.

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