October 12, 2023

6 Top places to visit in October

October is an ideal time to go on a trip that is off-the-beaten-path. Why? Summer months are over and the tourism wave slowly ebbs away. October weather is still beautiful in most of the countries in the northern hemisphere and especially destinations that are not on the spot have a lot in store during this month. Long story short: it's the perfect balance of favourable weather conditions, outdoor activity offers and fewer tourists. So here’s our guide to 6 places you should go explore in October:

1. Azores, Portugal

The Azores archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean is known for its lush landscapes, volcanic craters and natural hot springs. Did you know that it's also called the Hawaii of Europe? October is a quieter month to explore this hidden gem.

2. Albania

Albania boasts a beautiful Adriatic coastline, charming historic towns and the scenic Albanian Alps. October provides pleasant weather for hiking, cultural exploration and enjoying local cuisine.

3. Bhutan

This Himalayan kingdom offers stunning mountain scenery, ancient monasteries and a distinct culture. October is an excellent time to visit when the weather is pleasant, and you can witness the colorful religious festivals.

4. Madagascar

This island nation off the southeastern coast of Africa is a biodiversity hotspot with unique wildlife and stunning landscapes. October is the start of the dry season, making it an excellent time for wildlife viewing and outdoor adventures.

5. Georgia (the country)

Not to be confused with the U.S. state, Georgia is a small nation in the Caucasus region. It offers diverse landscapes, historic sites and a rich culinary scene. October offers mild weather and fewer tourists.

6. Sri Lanka's East Coast

While Sri Lanka is a popular destination, its east coast is often less crowded. Explore pristine beaches, ancient temples and lush jungles in places like Trincomalee and Batticaloa in October, when the monsoon season is ending.