Autumn is now in full swing, with cooler mornings, colder nights and shorter days waving good-bye to the summer just past. Honestly, it’s refreshing, to wear a sweater and sip hot coffee without breaking a sweat. The sun is still shining and everything is becoming that little bit more colorful and vibrant. There’s nothing like the sound of leaves crunching beneath your feet like little sirens letting you know winter is on the way.. But not yet! No, now is the time to plan a trip, explore and enjoy all of the magical foods autumn brings with it. The weather is milder, tourists have flocked home like migrating birds and you’re free to explore all corners of the world.
Here are our favorite Autumn destinations we think you’ll love:
Why? Autumn brings with it a cooler climate (by indian standards) and a slower pace making it the perfect time to visit sans tourists.
Where? Rajasthan to explore the desert regions and Udaipur for a romantic getaway.
What’s Happening? Diwali, the festival of lights Oct 28 - Nov 1, 2016. Spanning 5 days, the biggest celebration comes on the third day (Oct 30) where the victory of light over darkness is celebrated with the lighting of candles and lamps, decorating of homes, beautiful costumes and the giving of gifts.
Why? As old as time, Italy is painted in beautiful golden and amber hues during autumn. It’s also prime time to taste the freshest produce Italy has to offer!
Where? Piemonte for white truffles. Tuscany for Vendemmia (grape harvesting).
What’s Happening? It’s fall harvest time in Italy. You have the opportunity to participate in Vendemmia (grape harvesting) with local vineyard owners. It’s also truffle season, the best time to enjoy fresh truffles in beautiful italian restaurants. Because of the abundance of the fall harvest, there are many celebrated food and wine festivals happening across the country.
Chef In a Day: Cooking Classes in Rome, Delicious Breakfast Walk in Lecco, Mid Lake Como: Boat, Food & Villas Tour, Gourmet Walking Tour in Florence, Beer & Bites in Rome, Pizza Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour
Why? Hurricane season ends in october (so you can kickback and relax on the beach, margarita in hand) so the weather is pleasant. Autumn is the low season in Mexico so take advantage of fewer crowds and good deals!
Where? Tulum to enjoy quiet sandy white beaches.
What’s Happening? Dia de Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead. Is a festive celebration honoring and remembering those who have passed. The celebration includes vibrant street parades and parties, sugar skulls and the colorful decoration of homes and streets. October 31st - November 2nd.
Why? Ideal climate, still warm enough to enjoy the idyllic beaches, and in time to see the golden hues of the Desert. The holy mecca of the world, Israel is an incredible mix of culture and history.
Where? Tel-Aviv, The Negev Desert & The Dead Sea.
What’s Happening? Tel-Aviv, a city that rivals Manhattan and London is the urban hub of Israel. The heart of the culinary, cultural and nightlife scene, Tel-Aviv truly is a 24 hour city with so much to offer. With beaches spanning the entire length of city, you can enjoy the sun, sand and cosmopolitan vibe of the city. You can also visit the Negev Desert and the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth at 1,407ft below sea level. It’s so salty, you cannot swim, only float!