The best holiday destinations for November include 5 different continents and 8 countries! Splash out in the huge UAE shopping malls, release your inner explorer in Egypt and take beautiful photographs of the Scottish countryside. Before the Christmas rush, get your travel plans in action and enjoy the fun that November has to offer around the world!
This time of year is full of festivities, but where are the best places to travel to? We’ve worked with some well-travelled bloggers this month to discover November’s top holiday destinations. Check out the list and let us know where you decide to go this year!
Goa – TraveLynn Family
Goa is one of the best holiday destinations for November as the monsoon season has past, the seas are warm, and it’s just before the Christmas craze where accommodations drastically up their prices.
These stunning palm-fringed beaches are a great choice for some winter sun. It’s just a case of picking the right beach for you, as there is quite an eclectic mix catering to the raver, the yogi, the package sun-seeker and everything in between.
After a year living in India and frequently visiting the beaches of Goa with our kids (aged 2 and 4), we decided that our favourite was Agonda, in South Goa; a golden crescent of powder soft sand, dotted with colourful fishing boats and patrolled by meandering cows that congregate in the same spot for sunset every day.
It’s a quiet beach, suitable for families and the sea has just the right amount of gentle surf for a good boogie-board session. There are also a handful of restaurants serving both Indian and Western dishes right on the beach. And if you fancy peeling yourselves away from the beach, you can take a fishing boat out to see the dolphins.
The Best Tours in Goa
Abu Dhabi – Little City Trips
Seeking perfect resort weather, mixed with festivities, a little culture and a great international sporting event? Then look no further than the United Arab Emirates capital Abu Dhabi. Once summer breaks in October, the relatively mild weather lasts through until April. The main reason to visit in November, however, is the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – usually held in the last week of November.
The Yas Marina Circuit on Yas Island is only minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport and a great entertainment zone in itself. As well as the track and concert arena, there are several hotels, a marina entertainment district, the giant Yas Mall and most recently, the opening of Warner Bros World to complement Yas Waterworld and Ferrari World.
Whilst there’s plenty going on around the island to do with the race, the city centre also has concerts and exciting events going on too. It’s hard not to get caught up with the excitement that coincides with Flag Day and National Day on 2 December. Locals proudly decorate their rides honouring the country’s royal family in the colours of the national flag – as well as buildings, cranes – in fact anything that moves!
It’s still hot enough that resort pools and the beach bring some heat relief, but parks spring back to life with pop up markets, weekend fairs and all sorts of family events from outdoor movies to aqua fun parks! The cooler weather really lends itself to site seeing too. Explore the great new Louvre Museum on Saadiyat Island, catch the views from Etihad Towers, stroll the famous Corniche and new entertainment zone A’l Bahar, catch a desert safari, and of course, you cannot miss the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
Best Tours in Abu Dhabi
- Full Day Burj Khalifa Tour
- Ferrari World General Admission Ticket
- Central Market & UAE Costume Photography Tour
Egypt – Carpe Diem Our Way
November is the perfect time to visit Egypt as the hot summer temperatures have passed, yet it is still very warm for those who want to escape the winter weather that comes with November. Temperatures still hit 30 degrees Celsius in places like Luxor, but I found that mornings and evenings were starting to get a bit cool. Cairo is often a few degrees cooler than Luxor and the sun is warm and pleasant.
While Egypt struggles with some regional violence, overall it is a safe country to visit for tourists, whether on a guided tour or travelling the country independently. In November it is high season for tourists, but since tourism is down overall, hotels are very affordable, as are day tours. Hotels can be booked last minute and your dollar goes far!
Best Tours in Egypt
- Quad Bike Desert Safari Around Giza Pyramids
- Sound & Light Show at the Giza Pyramids
- Overnight Moses Mountain Climb & Sunrise Breakfast
- Sharm el-Sheikh: Panoramic Submarine Adventure
São Paulo – Maps N Bags
Diversity, skyscrapers, and hearty food, São Paulo is not only Brazil’s business hub, but South America’s. Unfortunately, the land of drizzle is often an underrated destination among travellers, but don’t let that turn you down. São Paulo, or Sampa like locals call it, has excellent museums, bar venues, and good eateries.
Sampa is definitely one of the best holiday destinations for November because it’s right before the summer vacations, so it’s not so warm yet. Bad weather can be a bucket of cold water on your plans. Jokes apart, summers in São Paulo are not only sweltering but also bring heavy summer showers at the end of the afternoons.
It also is low season, meaning tickets, accommodation, and nights out aren’t so pricey.
Architecture-wise Sampa might not be the most beautiful city in the country. Its modern skyscrapers sharing space with old-fashioned and neglected traditional Portuguese constructions isn’t the most inviting view. But if you know how to see the beauty through all this concrete, you’ll fall in love with so much diversity.
Highlights to check out: Paulista Avenue, Ibirapuera Park, Modern Art Museum of São Paulo, Batman Alley, and Vila Madalena bars.
The Best São Paulo Tours
Scotland – Watch Me See
I bet you’ve thought about visiting Scotland during the summer when the days are long and the dreaded rain finally stops. Well, let me tell you – the rain never stops – or at least there is no guarantee. You might as well save some money and nerves on the road and visit Scotland in November!
Autumn is my favourite time to travel to Scotland for many reasons. First of all, it is off season, which means that there are way fewer people visiting than during the busy summer months. If you’ve always wanted to have the most beautiful viewpoints in the Highlands to yourself, this is the time to go. Not only that though – accommodation is also easier to come by and a lot cheaper than in the high season! Even the trees are taking a break and drop all their leaves, giving way to even more stunning views over the lochs and mountains of the Highlands.
Photographers will be happy to hear that the Golden Hour during Scottish autumn lasts much longer than an hour, and long sleepers can rest assured to catch an epic sunrise – at 9 am!
And if you’re a fan of the Scandinavian concept of ‘hygge’, let me tell you about the Gaelic equivalent – ‘còsagach’. Think log cabins with hot tubs, cosy Highland inns with fireplaces and hearty pub food and a warming dram of whisky. Now, are you considering to travel to Scotland in November?
The Best Tours in Scotland
- Edinburgh Castle Ticket
- Loch Ness, Highlands and Whisky Distillery Tour
- Edinburgh City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket
- Harry Potter Walking Tour
Key West – Dotted Globe
Key West in the Florida Keys is known as the southernmost city in the US. Located just 90 miles from Cuba, the city is popular for its sunsets, nightlife, historic seaport, and pastel-colored houses. The waters around Key West are full of diverse marine life and snorkeling, scuba diving, glass bottom boat tours are some of Key West’s popular outdoor activities.
Key West is also the perfect base for visiting the remote Dry Tortugas National Park. While Key West has an airport, the best way to reach the vibrant city is by driving the Overseas Highway from Miami. A Key West trip is best undertaken in November just after the hurricane season ends and before the winter crowds start coming in. November also has little to no rain and comfortable temperatures which is perfect for exploring the old Key West Historic District on foot.
The Best Tours in Key West
Phoenix, Arizona – One Trip At A Time
With summer temperatures into triple digits, Phoenix is much more pleasant in the cooler temperatures later on in the year, which makes it ones of the best holiday destinations for November. With a Mustang convertible we set off to explore the city and surrounding area. We were told we must be from out of town at a gas station as we had the roof down because for the locals it was a bit chilly!
To the east of Phoenix, we enjoyed Waterfall Canyon Trail with its centuries-old petroglyphs. In November the waterfall is dry, which means you can get right into the drop of the waterfall to explore, which isn’t possible at other times.
Within the city we explored the beautiful Desert Botanical Garden, which was decorated for Christmas celebrations, and the Soleri Bridge, which every day at midday drops a shadow precisely down the slit in the bridge.
And finally, we headed west to the Apache Trail. This half unpaved road winds through the Superstition Mountains for spectacular views, then goes through Goldfield Ghost Town and Tortilla Flat before snaking alongside Salt River and ending at the Theodore Roosevelt Dam. Not far from here are the ancient cliff dwellings of Tonto National Monument to finish off a visit to the Phoenix area.
The Best Tours in Phoenix
Are you planning to visit any of these best holidays destinations for November? Let us know in the comments below and send us your travel tips!
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