Winter officially arrives in November in the UK. The colder weather means we have to wrap up warm and making the most of outdoor activities can be tricky. So we think going on a holiday to survive until sunshine peeps through in March seems like the best options. Luckily, there are warm places to run to and leave behind the miserable weather. Take advantage of the cheap season rates and explore epic white-outs in the northern hemisphere or hot temperatures in the southern hemisphere. Not sure where to go in your November holidays? Check out our pick of ten destinations that will give you a break ahead of Christmas and New Year - and you might even pick up some gifts.
November is a sweet spot with sunny days and clear skies. It's never too steamy to enjoy a sundowner in a rooftop bar facing Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong. A light show starts every evening at 8 pm at the harbour. Alternatively, you can take a stroll around the Chinatown. If you are a foodie, check in at one of Wan Chai's street food stalls. Shopping is a usual business in Hong Kong. More exciting are the hiking trails on Lamma and Lantau, not to mention the beaches.
A chilly weather may dominate in November but it never freezes Budapest. All you need are sufficient layers to take a brisk walk in the autumn climate. With summer crowds gone home, you can find good deals for accommodation. Moreover, you'll catch up with popular events such as Wine Festival and Jewish Cultural Festival. Make sure you've seen the Hungarian Parliament Building, Gellért Baths, Heroes' Square, Margaret Island, House of Terror and Danube Promenade.
Summer throngs are nowhere to be found in Krakow during November. They're always prepared for winter and you'll find a warm welcome here. Mesmerizing sights in Budapest outweigh the cold weather. The snow makes the place most romantic. As you walk through the Polish city, pass through the Market Square and move on to Wawel Castle. November in Krakow tradition time with such festivals as Festival of Polish Music, Etiuda & Anima Film Festival, Audio Art Festival and the Zaduszki Jazz Festival.
With moderate temperature across Thailand, you can choose from a number of islands for sunshine. It's neither too cold nor too rainy to enjoy Chiang Mai, Tak and Loy Krathong festivities. The only place you should avoid is the lower Gulf and the surrounding islands. Feel free to visit Andaman Sea islands where you could score affordable accommodation as you take advantage of the island-hopping ferry routes to visit beautiful beaches.
With winter creeping ever closer, the weather gets cooler throughout November in Cape Verde. You can get away from the hustling and bustling of the urban areas by spending time at Cabral Beach. The soft pale sand of the beach stretches along the crystal clear waters that are ideal for swimming. Enjoy a romantic day out in Lacacao Beach where swathes of golden sand beg you to bathe in. Local cuisine couldn't be better with Naida dishes that are full of fresh meats cooked the Cape Verdean way.
The crystal clear waters, resorts and sandy beaches of Gran Canaria suit all ages. The pleasant climate makes the search for where to go in November an easy task. Traditional eateries, adventure parks and beautiful scenery are at your disposal. One of the prettiest beaches in Gran Canaria is Playa de Amadores in Puerto Rico. The calm and waters are perfect for kids. Other beaches are packed with cafes and shops so you don't have to struggle to find the necessities.
When the hurricane season is gone, Mexican weather ushers in food and cultural festivals accompanied by good music you cannot find any other time. During the Mexico City's beer expo, brewers congregate for a three-day celebration performing and other fun activities. The low season prices and less crowded beaches are more reasons you should visit Mexico City in November holidays. There are 3 places you cannot miss in your Mexico City trip: Chapultepec park, Chapultepec Castle and pyramids of Teotihuacan. Catch up with the Day of the Dead when sugar skulls and 'ofrendas' line the streets.
Marrakech means the Land of God. Close to Shara Desert, the city is situated at the foot of Atlas Mountains. It is then divided into Medina, a historical region, and Ville Nouvelle, a modern area. The capital city of Morocco is home to a plethora of attractions including Jardin Majorelle, Bahia Palace, Musée Yves Saint Laurent and Maison de la Photographie. Learn the history of Marrakech at a rooftop café as you eat or drink.
November is considered a great time to visit Dubai since the heat is milder. Temperatures are in their early thirties, rendering the place perfect for pool and beach activities. Plus, fun events make Dubai travel in November well worth it. There's is little humidity so being outdoors is pleasant. If you love design work, you can catch up with Dubai Design Week whereby more than 200 activities take place across the UAE city. Also, the DP World Tour Championship happens in Dubai in November every year.
Summer starts in November in New Zealand. The fly drive is a popular type of holiday that combines the islands in the North and South. Hire a car or motor-home and discover cool cultural cities like Wellington, the adventure sports hub that is Queenstown and all in between. You can go heli-hiking on a glacier or swim with dolphins. All in the same country.
We hope our range of march destinations has left you feeling inspired. And we've only gone and pulled a list together for every month. Just choose the month you want to go below and find out more dream destinations for the rest of the year.
Winter Sun Break
Berlin (Christmas Markets)
Vienna (Christmas Markets)
Winter Sun Break
Finland (Northern Lights)
Iceland (Northern Lights)
The French Alps (Skiing)
Winter Sun Break
South Africa Rio (Brazil)
Paris (Valentine's Day)
Rome (Valentine's Day)
Amsterdam (Spring flowers)
Japan (Cherry Blossom Season)
Yucatan Peninsula (Mexico)
Costa Del Sol
Budapest (Christmas markets)
Krakow (Christmas markets)