With winter officially arriving in the UK, November is the time to wrap up warm and stay indoors. Or, go on holiday to get a fix of sunshine. We think this seems like the best option. Luckily, there are plenty of hot places to escape to and leave behind the miserable weather. For travellers who don't mind cooler temperatures, there are also glorious cities to explore in the northern hemisphere - and you can take advantage of the cheap seasonal rates. Not sure where to go for your November holidays? Check out our pick of ten destinations that will give you a break ahead of Christmas and New Year - and where you might even pick up some early gifts.
November is a great time to see Hong Kong with sunny days and clear skies. It's never too misty to enjoy a sundowner at a rooftop bar facing Victoria Harbour where there's a light show every evening at 8pm. Take a stroll around Chinatown and, if you're a foodie, check out Wan Chai's street food stalls. During the day, do some shopping or take to the hiking trails on the islands of Lamma and Lantau before relaxing on the beaches.
Mesmerising sights in Budapest outweigh the cold November weather. It may be chilly, but it never freezes. All you need are warm layers to enjoy a brisk walk around the city. Make sure to see the Hungarian Parliament Building, Gellért Baths, Heroes' Square, Margaret Island and Danube Promenade. With the summer crowds gone, you can find good deals for accommodation at this time. What's more, you'll catch popular events such as the Wine Festival and Jewish Cultural Festival.
Krakow is always prepared for winter and you'll receive a warm welcome. Even snow adds to the city's romance. Walk through the Market Square and on to Wawel Castle. You'll find the main tourist areas are less crowded during November. It's also a great time for culture with events such as the Festival of Polish Music, Etiuda & Anima Film Festival, Audio Art Festival and the Zaduszki Jazz Festival.
With moderate temperature across Thailand in November, take your pick from a number of sunny spots. Make the most of Loy Krathong festivities in Chiang Mai, Sukhothai or Tak. The only place you should avoid is the lower Gulf and the surrounding islands. You could also visit the Andaman Sea islands where you can score affordable accommodation and take advantage of the island-hopping ferry routes to visit beautiful beaches.
With winter creeping ever closer, the weather on this African island is mild and pleasant in November. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city on Cabral Beach, where the crystal clear waters are ideal for swimming. Or, enjoy a romantic day out in Lacacao Beach, sunbathing on swathes of golden sand. For foodies, local cuisine couldn't be better with Cape Verdean dishes taking on African, Creole, Brazilian, and Portuguese influences.
The crystal clear waters and sandy beaches of Gran Canaria suit all ages. The pleasant climate at this time of year makes the decision of where to go in November an easy task. Traditional eateries, resorts, adventure parks and beautiful scenery are all at your disposal. One of the prettiest beaches is Playa de Amadores in Puerto Rico, where the calm waters are perfect for kids. Other beaches are also packed with cafes and shops so you don't have to struggle to find the necessities.
Hurricane season is over, and along with the good weather comes food, music and cultural festivals you cannot find at any other time. During Mexico City's beer expo, brewers congregate for a three-day celebration full of fun activities. The low season prices and less crowded beaches are more reasons to visit in November. There are three places you cannot miss during your trip: Chapultepec Park, Chapultepec Castle and the pyramids of Teotihuacan.
The Moroccan capital, Marrakech means the Land of God. Close to the Sahara Desert, at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, the city is divided into Medina - a historical region - and Ville Nouvelle - the modern area. It 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 cafe as you eat or drink.
With temperatures in the low thirties and little humidity, this is considered a great time to visit Dubai. Being outdoors is pleasant and the place is perfect for pool and beach activities. Plus, fun events make travelling in November well worth it. If you love design, plan your trip around Dubai Design Week where more than 200 activities take place across the city. The DP World Tour Championship golf tournament also takes place in Dubai every year.
November is when summer starts in New Zealand. Hire a car or motor-home and take some time to explore both the north and south islands. Discover cool cultural cities like Wellington, the adventure sports hub that is Queenstown, and all sorts in between. Adventure lovers can go heli-hiking on a glacier, bungee jump, or swim with dolphins - all this in the same country.