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Where to holiday in October depends on the experience you are after. Wildlife viewing is spectacular in Peninsula Valdes, Argentina, where penguins, elephant seals and southern right whales can all be spotted. In Churchill, Canada, polar bears can be seen returning from their summer habitat; crossing back into seal-hunting territory in icy Hudson Bay. The Okavango Delta in Botswana provides unbelievable game viewing at this time of year, and the Moremi Game Reserve – known as the predator capital of Africa – provides accommodation where you can view dramatic predator scenes from your lodge deck. Meanwhile, Diwali is celebrated around the end of October (or sometimes the start of November), and is best experienced in India. It’s generally the cooler period in the country too, so a great time to enjoy this festival of lights. Lastly, for Halloween head to Bran castle in Romania for Dracula festivities.
A year-round destination, autumn in Jordan sees cooler temperatures and the first rain tends to fall in mid-October, helping the greenery and flowers colour the parched countryside. This is the best time to walk through the mountains as it’s not too hot or too wet and the vistas are more beautiful after rainfall. Snorkelling in Aqaba is prime in October with an abundance of marine wildlife, which includes eagle rays and turtles, as well as the water being warm at around 26C.
With fewer crowds and milder temperatures, October in Romania is the beginning of autumn and harvest, the grape harvest in particular. Celebrations are held in the wine-making regions and the previous year’s wine is drunk. Towards the end of the month, towns and villages across Romania celebrate All Hallows Eve with bonfires, ancient rituals to drive away evil spirits and games for all to partake in. The chamber music festival, SoNoRo runs editions in Bucharest, Cluj, Iasi and Timisoara bringing a line-up of international musicians and ensembles to Romania.
Nepal’s dry season begins in October and lasts until May. It’s also autumn, which means that the weather is still warm and balmy. As the wet season has just ended, the countryside is a stunning, luscious green and the air is clear and crisp. Views of the Himalayas are at their very best, so it is one of the best times to go trekking. Meanwhile, the colourful Dashain festival normally falls in October. Held to celebrate the symbolic triumph of good over evil, celebrations bring communities together and create a joyous atmosphere. Expect to see local fairs, kite flying, bamboo swings and sales in the shops – it is tradition to wear new clothing during Dashain.