Destinations

Vacation Inspiration: 5 Best Places to Go in October

An exotic adventure in India, an island escape in southern Spain, and more.
IMAGE GETTY
Comments

Craving a getaway but not quite sure where to go? Here are five wanderlust-worthy vacation ideas to put on your radar for October.

1. Beirut, Lebanon


Often referred to as the "Paris of the Middle East," Lebanon's capital has been slowly inching its way onto the radar of U.S. travelers. According to American Express Travel, bookings to the Middle Eastern city are up 150% this season. "October draws the ‘in-the-know travelers’ that are attracted to the pleasant temperatures and more affordable accommodations, in comparison to Spring,” says Claire Bennett, EVP and GM of American Express Travel. The city's colonial French buildings and rich history appeal to intellectuals, while the burgeoning culinary scene caters to foodies. Says Bennett, "Tourism is booming, airlines are adding more flights, and it’s never been a better time to visit these gateways to culture."

2. Formentera, Spain


Skip the hectic summer crowds and head to southern Spain during October instead. Formentera—part of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean—promises stunning beaches and warm swimming temperatures until the end of the month, plus an atmosphere that is refreshingly free of chain restaurants, brand name stores, and pretense (even though A-listers like Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell holiday here). Unlike its neighboring Ibiza, there aren't massive nightclubs or hotels either (in fact, there hasn't been a new hotel build in more than three decades) which makes it perfect for a laid-back European escape.

3. North Adams, Massachusetts


For a charming getaway that doesn’t require a passport, look no further than this tiny town in the Berkshires. The region is undoubtedly at its best in October—peak “leaf peeping” season—so it’s best to rent a car for a 63-mile drive along the Mohawk Trail that culminates in North Adams. Though it lays claim to the title of “smallest city in the state,” North Adams has plenty to offer. For starters, there’s the largest contemporary art museum in the country—the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (better known as MASS MoCA)—and a plethora of bookshops, cafes, and galleries. Book a room at The Porches Inn, a B&B just a stone’s throw from the museum.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

4. Casablanca, Morocco


While the city is most famously associated with the film that bears its name, Casablanca's allure goes far beyond the Hollywood connection. "Morocco’s most populous city is no longer overlooked—our records show an 86% increase in bookings this fall," says Bennett. Perhaps that's thanks to direct flights from the US (Royal Air Maroc flies non-stop from New York's JFK) or, more likely, the city's cultural appeal. With traditional souks, stunning architecture, and vibrant spice markets—plus a multi-million tourist-focused overhaul of the old port in the works—Casablanca will continue to lure travelers now, and in the coming years. According to Bennett, "Casablanca is poised to become the artistic and cultural capital of Africa."

5. Jaipur, India


October marks the end of India's monsoon season, making it an ideal time to visit, as the weather strikes a perfect balance between not-too-hot and not-too-cold. Head to Jaipur in Western India and explore elephant sanctuaries, bejeweled palaces, and incredible shopping (the area is home to an abundance of emerging designers.) The five-star Alila Fort Bishangarh in Jaipur's Bishangarh Village has been one of the most anticipated luxury hotel openings in the region—scope out the photos on its website, and you'll see why.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

Comments
About The Author
Lindsay Silberman
View Other Articles From Lindsay Silberman
Comments
Latest Stories
 
Share
The musical reminds us to take some time off and indulge in something good for a change.
 
Share
From vaccinations to visas-and choosing where to stay-here's a primer for safari newbies.
 
Share
The 19-carat gem that once belonged to the Oppenheimer family sold for over $50 million.
 
Share
 
Share
The CEO of Evident Communications, an integrated marketing and public relations agency, talks about philanthropy and the bright future of digital technology and social media.
 
Share
A new book details Hughes' tendency to manipulate and deceive the women in his life.
 
Share
If it weren't for these revolutionary entrepreneurs, the world as we know it, would've been very different.
 
Share
Plus, the former First Lady reveals the story behind that hug that broke royal protocol.
 
Share
Say goodbye to your flakes and irritation.
Load More Articles
CONNECT WITH US