With half-term falling during October and the leaves changing colour, it is popular time for a bonus week in the sunshine. There are many regions throughout the Mediterranean that still bask in warm balmy weather and offer a relaxing base for a holiday with the family, with this month seeing the last time in the year to do so. Travelling early in October can see some fantastic low prices, and to top it all, you’ll be rewarded with delightfully peaceful beaches and quiet towns all over the continent. As usual, if you do want to jet off during the school holidays, make sure you book up well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Established family-friendly destinations that lie just a few hours away remain very popular during October, especially Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. Cyprus sees excellent conditions this month, with Crete staying hot and sunny well into October, thanks to its southerly location, and Egypt and Dubai both experiencing wonderful weather for a beach holiday.
Mid- and long-haul options this month include Oman, Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada, as well as the Gambia, Madagascar, Vietnam, South Africa and Kenya, which all see hot dry weather. The USA is a great option for a half-term holiday, with Disneyworld in Florida offering the family getaway of a lifetime, whilst scenic tours of New England allow you to experience the dramatic sight of the fall colours changing on the East Coast.
Booking early will guarantee the best prices to highly affordable regions the Algarve, Spain and the Balearics, which are still open for business, but can see unpredictable weather. The Canary Islands remain popular for both a self-catering and hotel-based getaway, whilst Turkey is a low-cost destination that still sees great weather during October, with Greece and Cyprus offering competitive prices this month.
Look to Malta, Madeira or Corsica for some stunning walking, hiking and cycling as the seasons change, and enjoy mild weather and beautiful scenic landscapes whilst horse riding in Southern Spain and Portugal. The Canaries, Cyprus and Turkey continue to offer water sports on their beaches, you can still sail around the Greek Islands, and the Red Sea, Bali and the Maldives see good conditions for scuba diving this month. You could also embark on a memorable safari in South Africa, go trekking in Nepal or Kashmir or take an insightful eco-tour of the Galapagos Islands.
Try Venice or Paris to take in the amazing sights of the city without the crowds, soak up some late-season rays in Seville, or visit Oktoberfest in Munich for some rousing fun. A trip to Cairo or Marrakesh offers excellent sightseeing, whilst New York can be just the place for some early Christmas shopping and some classic Halloween trick-or-treating.