November is arguably the best time to travel. It’s not quite peak season, it’s pretty ace weather everywhere and prices are competitive. Whisk yourself away before the silly seasons sets in! Here are a few places worth putting on your last minute travel list.
Dia De Los Muertos, Oaxaca, Mexico
Mexico’s answer to Halloween is Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Celebrated from October 31 to November 2, the festival is in honour of friends and family members who have died. Now celebrated right across Mexico, the expressive holiday originated in Oaxaca, where the largest celebrations are held today. The festivities include parades, sharing traditional dishes and of course the renowned costumes and makeup now synonymous with the celebrations around the world.
Bonfire Night, Sussex, England
Technically the Sussex bonfire season runs from September to November, with celebrations right around the county. One of the largest festivals, however, is the Rye Bonfire Night, this year on Saturday 12th November. Each year more than 20,000 people flock to the small Sussex village for a themed procession, costumes, dancing, performance and of course the epic fireworks display.
Thanksgiving in New York
There is no better place in the world to celebrate Thanksgiving than in the Big Apple. Of course there is a feast to be had if you’re in town with family or friends, but there is also the main event: the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Beginning at Central Park West and heading through Midtown to Macy’s, the parade is a pageant of floats, marching bands, cheerleaders, theatre and music. When that’s done you can also check out some of the world’s best holiday markets – our favourites are the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park and the Union Square Holiday Market.
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Cuzco & Machu Picchu, Peru
Tick off this bucket list item in November when the weather is fine, the crowds are small and the prices are low. November is the very end of the peak season so tourists are thin on the ground, however the rainy season doesn’t kick in until late December. In peak season trying to jump on a hike to Machu Picchu is almost impossible last minute, however this month you’ll find it easier, meaning travel plans can be looser – and cheaper!
This incredibly diverse country not only boasts some of the most inspiring nature and landscapes in the world, but also some of the richest culture, the wildest weather and the oldest wine industry outside of Europe. Head to South Africa in November before the summer starts really heating up – you’ll experience the best of the spectacular springtime flower season and perhaps even a glimpse or two of the Cape’s summer storms. While winter is the best time to visit national parks, in November you can still get a glimpse of some iconic safari species – elephants, lions, leopards, cheetas, rhino, buffalo, giraffe, hippo and zebra. It’s also the perfect time of year to visit spectacular Cape Town with its epic landscape, wildlife and wine regions.
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Cirque Du Soleil, Brisbane
A little closer to home, this month the world’s favourite acrobatic show lands in Brisbane. From November 28 and running through to January 8th, Kooza is a talent extravaganza that blends beautiful sound, stunning lighting and costumes and theatrical and acrobatic prowess. The show is held under the Big Top at Skygate, next to Brisbane Airport DFO.