Where to go on holiday in October
October is the end of the monsoon season in India. With fewer crowds, this is a great month to visit the attractions of the Golden Triangle or visit New England to see the iconic foliage, enjoy fresh hot cider doughnuts and get lost in The Great Vermont Corn Maze or go to the vineyard-covered slopes in Douro Valley in Portugal, the birthplace of Port.
Temperature: 16°C high; 8°C low
Flight time from UK: Around 6 hours 30 minutes
Time difference: GMT -4
A truly year-round destination, New England’s charm spans all seasons, but it’s during autumn when it really shines with its iconic foliage, brilliant orange, red, and purple hues set against a backdrop of blue skies and white Colonial inns.
In Loudon, New Hampshire, enjoy the fresh hot cider doughnuts at Meadow Ledge Farm with a cup of mulled cider. Be sure to arrive early to beat the 45-minute wait. Visit Moulton Farm in Meredith, New Hampshire, to hunt for pumpkins in their pick your own pumpkin patch, great for an Instagram photo or two.
The Great Vermont Corn Maze in North Danville is the largest maze in New England. Visitors can spend hours exploring the mammoth 24 acres and for Halloween fans, check out Dead North, Farmland of Terror.
Temperature: 34°C high; 20°C low
Flight time from UK: Approximately 9 hours
Time difference: GMT +5:30
October is the end of the monsoon season in Delhi and Rajasthan. With fewer crowds, this is a great month to visit the attractions of the Golden Triangle. Popular attractions like the Taj Mahal will be quiet, go early in the morning. This will give you the chance to see the sunrise, beat the lines and enjoy cooler temperatures and you can expect lower prices in most of the country.
Depending on the year, you may get to experience Diwali, the festival of lights which is celebrated between October and November. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolises the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.
Temperature: 25°C high; 14°C low
Flight time from UK: Around 2 hour and 30 minutes
Time difference: GMT +1
October is the start of the Autumn season in Portugal with comfortable highs of 25C. The sea remains warm with a cooling breeze from the Atlantic and fewer people make it ideal for half-term.
If you visit Portugal in October, you must see the Douro Valley which has exceptional views this time of year thanks to the beautiful riverbanks and vineyard-covered slopes and it’s the birthplace of Port.
You can travel there by car, train or take a Douro river cruise, departing from Vila Nova de Gaia pier. There are several types of excursions available from day trips to multi-day cruises depending how much time you have.