Looking for where to holiday in November? This Cox & Kings guide to travelling in November should help you narrow your choices. It’s a great time to visit Chile, Argentina and Brazil, as November brings warm temperatures and little rain; plus capital cities are not yet too hot or humid.It’s cooler in Oman too, with it being the perfect time to visit the coast where humidity is low. It’s also prime time for turtle nesting activity; if you time it right you may see turtles burying their eggs, or baby turtles hatching and making the dangerous journey from land to sea. Otherwise, you can hop over to Kenya for the Mombasa festival. Join a parade, where floats line the streets and local musicians and dancers perform. There are numerous craft stalls and local foods to enjoy too. In weather terms, it’s also the cooler, drier season in November – meaning not even a hint of rain could spoil the party.
November is one of the best months to visit the north of India – it is not as hot or humid as other months, and the temperature does not plummet at night. It is also one of the driest months in the year. Plus, one of the most famous festivals is held in Pushkar – the camel fair. One of the largest in the world, this fascinating spectacle runs for five days, when around 50,000 camels and cattle are brought to trade. Camels are dressed up, raced and entered into beauty pageants, while traders themselves can enter competitions such as ‘longest moustache’. Cricket matches are played between the local club and tourists, while markets sell jewellery and material – adding to the colour and variety of this amazing festival.
November is the transition month between the wet and dry season, meaning the rains have just stopped and tourists have not yet started to flow into the country. It’s an especially great time to combine the coast with central Mexico – while visitors to the highlands may find it chilly at this time of year. Meanwhile, 1 and 2 November host the spectacular Day of the Dead – when spirits of the dead return to earth to be reunited with their loved ones. Graveyards become packed with colour and sound, as families gather to decorate the graves and musicians stroll the grounds playing the deceased’s favourite music. Street parties and markets are also held: sugar skulls are sold and swapped between friends and family. Some of the best places to see the celebrations are in Oaxaca and Lake Patzcuaro.
Weather wise, November is one of the best months to visit Thailand, as it is neither too hot nor too wet. It also happens to be the main month for festivals, including Loi Krathong, celebrated all through Thailand. Small krathong, or hand-woven baskets, are made from banana leaves and decorated with flowers before being floated down river. This symbolises letting go of negative emotions, while also paying homage to the Goddess of Water. Candles are lit in the krathong, creating a beautiful, bobbing river of light. In Chiang Mai, it's not only the river that lights up, but also the skies. During the Yi Peng lantern festival, thousands of luminescent khom loi are released into the sky to make merit to Buddha; meaning November truly is a magical time to be in Thailand.