November Top Travel Destinations
Searching for ideas where to travel in November? Look no further because we have prepared a colorful bouquet of the most interesting spots in the world to visit during this month.
No matter if you have a week off work or you plan a big backpacking trip, November is a great month to escape from the crowded cities or start your dream journey. November is probably also the best month of the year for finding cheap flight deals as well as vacation packages for destinations with fantastic weather as well. Since most people start their trips and vacations at the end of the year in December around Christmas, New Year, etc., in November everything will be less crowded, hotel prices will lower, flights won’t be overbooked and you won’t have to wait for hours at airports and taxi queues, hotel check-ins.
Weather – if you are looking for warm, sunny beach destination Europe should not be on your November travel bucket list 🙂 Besides that you can enjoy nice weather in most parts of Africa as well as South-East Asia, South America and the Caribbean.
Here is the list of our Top 5 Destinations to consider for you travel in November:
#1 Machu Picchu – Peru
The high season in Cusco and Peru in general ends in October and the rainy season starts in December. So, November turns out to be a transitional season which offers perfect combination of lower prices for accommodation, smaller crowds and pretty decent weather.
If you would like to challenge yourself and do the Machu Picchu treks November is perfect even without a reservation in advance. In high season for Inka trail you will probably need months in advance reservation, but in November a short notice reservation for the trek to the Inka city will work and you will probably get a better price. The entire trek and the visit to the Machu Picchu ruins itself will be much more pleasant without all the crowds in the peak season.
#2 The Sahara Desert – Morocco
North Africa and especially Morocco is another ideal travel destination for November. Compared to the 60 degree Celsius during the summer now the heat is gone, but there is still plenty of sunshine which makes Morocco the perfect choice for a Sahara desert trip in November.
The most popular desert trip involves an overnight stay under the stars from the small sandy village of Merzouga, located about 700 kilometers east of Marrakech and south of Fez. Seated atop camels led by guides, you’ll head from the village into the dunes. After an hour and a half on the back of a camel, you will find yourself surrounded by the blown offspring of Erg Chebbi — Morocco’s largest sand dune.
#3 Pushkar Camel Festival – India
The Pushkar Camel Fair is an annual five-day camel and livestock fair. It is one of the world’s largest camel fairs that became a famous tourist attraction recently. If you are in India in November or you are planning a trip to this colorful Asian country don’t miss out the chance to stop by the fair and see local farmers gather to buy and sell out of 50000 camels. And then enjoy the parade of well-bred and decked up cattle 🙂
Throughout the festival you can choose from variety of trinkets, apparels, jewelry and carpets from hundreds of stalls set up from local craftsman and salesman as well as camel races, festivals with local music, songs and gypsy dances.
#4 The Day of the Dead – Mexico
This holiday is an excellent time to visit Mexico. The Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) is one of the most popular holidays celebrated in Mexico between October 31st and November 2nd. It is celebrated in different ways in the different locations throughout Mexico. Festivities tend to be more colorful in the southern regions, particularly in the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas.
It is a holiday in which Mexicans remember and honor their deceased loved ones. Though it may sound gloomy or morbid, it’s not. It’s a festive and colorful holiday. Mexicans visit cemeteries, decorate the graves and spend time there, in the presence of their deceased friends and family members. A common symbol of the holiday is the skull, which celebrants represent in masks called calacas. Sugar skulls, inscribed with the names of the deceased on the forehead, are often eaten by a relative or friend. Other special type of food for El Día de los Muertos includes Pan de Muertos (bread of the dead), a sweet egg bread made in many shapes, from plain rounds to skulls and rabbits.
#5 Loi Krathong – Festival of Lights – Thailand
One of the most visually beautiful and magical festivals in the Thai calendar, takes place on the night of the full moon in November, marking the end of the rainy season. Just before December holiday crowds take over Thailand. This transitional season is probably the best time to visit Thailand.
Night skies all across the country become illuminated as glowing lanterns are floated into the air and rivers and lakes glisten with candles as tiny boats are set on the float in honor of the Goddess of Water.
The festival is a Buddhist tradition and the purpose of the celebration is to release suffering or ‘durkkha’. The freeing of lanterns signifies the ‘letting go’ of problems from the previous year. Sometimes people write messages on paper or place locks of hair and photographs in the boats as a symbol of saying goodbye to the past.
So what are you waiting for – pack your bags and let’s discover the world! Which destination or activity would you recommend for November? Is there something typical in your country we can discover that month? Please, share your insights in the comments 🙂