Our pick of the top destinations month by month
Christmas is right around the corner, but if you’re getting itchy feet now those shorter days have well and truly made a comeback, then it’s time to jet off on another holiday. Whether you’re looking to start your Christmas holidays early or escape the festivities, here are our top destinations for November.
Best for escaping the countdown to Christmas
Hong Kong is November is extremely pleasant. Typhoon season is over, and the humidity has simmered down, meaning weather is still warm but not unbearable, and will certainly be a welcome change from the cold, blustery winter weather in the UK.
November sees Hong Kong’s annual Wine & Dine Festival, so in a city already full of good food, you can really indulge in some of the finest foods they have to offer during this month. Tickets are cheap, the entertainment unmissable and the setting next to the Victoria Harbour Skyline is just priceless.
If you want an even better view of Hong Kong’s iconic skyline, then hop on the Star Ferry which takes you between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. It’s a bit like New York’s Staten Island Ferry; it was meant for local transportation but has since become a cost-effective way for tourists to take in the surroundings.
Another highlight of Hong Kong has to be the Tian Tan Buddha (also known as the Big Buddha). The Buddha sits overlooking Lantau Island at the Po Lin Monastery and can be accessed via cable car or if you’re feeling fit, you can choose to brave the 268 steps up to the statue.
November is technically still high season in Hong Kong, but hotel rates and food and drink prices are incredibly affordable. You can experience Michelin Star Dim Sum at some of the top restaurants for as little as 55 Hong Kong Dollars which is around five pounds sterling.
Americans are celebrating Thanksgiving in November, and it’s also the start of the lead up to Christmas, so if you want to see some all-out decorations, head to the USA for to experience their larger than life celebrations.
San Francisco in November will be chilly, but it’s one of the cheaper times to visit and there’s plenty of festivities taking place during this time. Usually a little quieter in the first half of the month, you’ll be able to beat the crowds and take in the city without hoards of tourists at some of the top attractions such as the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.
However, towards the end of the month sees Thanksgiving, and this is when you’ll see things start to liven up (although you’ll be pleased to hear that hotel rates remain reasonable during this time). Black Friday is huge in America, and usually the Friday before Thanksgiving is when you see all the sales start, so if think you can brave the crowds, you’ll be able to bag yourself a bargain in Union Square.
You’ll also be able to witness the spectacular Illuminate San Francisco Festival of Light, which takes place between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. This is a huge event which sees ‘light art’ cover the city with 37 installations across 17 neighbourhoods; turning San Francisco into a magical wonderland during the holiday season.
If you’re not fussed about the festivities, then November is whale watching season in the San Francisco Bay Area, so you can head out on a boat and spot humpback whales against the beautiful backdrop of the city’s skyline. Foodies can also indulge in some fresh seafood during November as this is typically their Dungeness crab season.
There’s always something to do in San Francisco, from checking out the nightlife, to catching a 49ers football game at Levi’s Stadium, you’ll never find a dull moment in this city.
Best for getting involved in cultural celebrations
There are so many great reasons to visit Mexico all-year round, but November really stands out as a month of celebration. Not only that, but temperatures are in the high twenties, so it’s a great choice for some winter sun with a twist.
November sees Mexico’s annual Day of the Dead fill the streets with colour. The Day of the Dead falls on 2nd November and is commonly mistaken for a Mexican version of Halloween. But this holiday is far from the spooks and scares we know and is in fact a spiritual day which celebrates loved ones who have passed.
You can expect to see some fantastic street performances and parade floats, not to mention delicious homemade foods. If that wasn’t colourful enough for you, you can witness the amazing Leon Hot Air Balloon festival, where hundreds of hot air balloons ascend to the sky to make their way from Mexico to Leon.
November also sees Mexican Thanksgiving and Cerveza Mexico; a beer festival which will introduce you to all of Mexico’s local craft beers. And if you’re a fan of the arts, you’ll also be able to check out the Los Cabos International Film Festival and the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival to experience some of the best cinema and music in Mexico.
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