Travel enthusiasts love lists! A big part of my value to my travelers is in suggesting exciting destinations and sharing details about the trusted companies going there. Here’s one you will love…where to explore in the fall. There’s a link right HERE to the blog post by Liv Bohn that was shared on Facebook by Intrepid Travel, one of my favorite companies. I will share below some important excerpts, as well as the names of tours to these special places that are hosted by Intrepid. I hope you will enjoy, and please do reach out to me if you’d like to check availability. These group departures are especially great for you solo travelers.
Well, we do Halloween better than anyone! New England has Salem’s Haunted Happenings Festival and New York has the Sleepy Hollow Halloween. And if you aren’t all that excited about the holiday, the National Park crowds are thinning and the temps are falling, making it a perfect time to visit.
Here are the trips from Intrepid to consider: 9-Day Fall Colours of New England USA, 10-Day Las Vegas to Los Angeles, and 12-Day Southern Comfort USA
This country has an intriguing history, beautiful scenery, and charming locals. And it’s one of the area’s best secrets! Since it can be steamy in summer and extremely cold in winter, October is the perfect time to go. Visit snow-capped Mount Ararat, a dormant volcano, or the UNESCO site Geghard Monestery, an incredibly beautiful piece of architecture. Sit on the steps of the Cascade in the capital of Yerevan for some special people watching. And sample some amazing Baklava or stuffed vine leaves in the southern part of the country.
Top Intrepid trips to the region include: 10-Day Armenia and Georgia Food Expedition
Galapagos often gets top billing, but the mainland is worth considering, too. Banos has some adrenaline-inducing fun such as white water rafting and driving a quad buggy to a waterfall. Browse markets for souvenirs with the locals at the Otavalo Market, or check out the Spanish colonial architecture in the interesting town of Cuenca.
Since it’s pretty dry this time of year, the Amazon is more accessible and it’s easier to spot the wildlife, too.
Here are some trips with Intrepid to consider:
4-Day Ecuador Amazon Jungle, 9-Day Ecuador to Peru Adventure, and 10-Day Complete Galapagos
Taiwan is widely regarded as the most intriguing up-and-coming destination. It “boasts an eclectic mix of cosmopolitan cities, tranquil temples, lush landscapes and more.” Autumn brings cooler temperatures and it’s right between the two monsoon seasons. Biking and kayaking are very popular activities at Sun Moon Lake. There’s a 4.4km trail called the Shakadang Trail through the Taroko Gorge. Learn about the indigenous tribes while enjoying some of the world’s best street food in the night markets.
Top trips: 8-Day Taiwan Food Expedition and 11-Day Explore Taiwan
This country is the least visited of all the ‘Stans, and remains a mystery to most travelers. Its long history from the Bronze Age thru the Silk Road to the more recent years under a bizarre dictatorship. It’s current president is opening up the country to welcome those interested in wandering away from the beaten path.
Start out in the capital of Ashgabat and try to visit during the Sunday Market if possible. It stretches far into the desert! You will want to also see the flaming Darvaza Gas Crater (also called the Door to Hell), and the ancient ruins of the city of Kunye Urgech, which reputedly was once one of the prettiest cities in all of Central Asia.
Top trips to consider with Intrepid include the 15-Day Tashkent to Ashgabat and 30-Day Bishket to Ashgabat Overland.
This amazing country is home to several of the most beautiful places on earth. October is the springtime shoulder season, and the whole country is beginning to bloom. You will definitely miss the drizzly winter days as well as the summer throngs.
Patagonia is gorgeous , with blue skies and pretty flowers adding to its stunning mountain scenery. You might also visit the amazing Atacama Desert, which is one of the oldest and driest deserts on the planet. How about stargazing without the crowds?
Consider these trips: 3-Day Bitesize Break Santiago, 8-Day Best of Chile or 23-Day Ushaia to Santiago
No less than 60% of the land here is covered in national forest, people in white gloves direct traffic, and they value Gross National Happiness over GDP! It is a mystical and magical place and has a sustainable approach to tourism that restricts the number of travelers who visit each year.
You will find crisp and clear sunny days in the fall. Be sure to visit the capital, Thimphu, and the wonderful Buddhist monastery of Tashichho Dzong. Punakha, a Himalayan town, has the Punakha Dzong Palace from the 17th century. And climb to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery high on a cliff overlooking the Paro Valley.
Here are two great trip options: 7-Day Bhutan Discovered or 10-Day Nepal & Bhutan Journey
The summer crowds are gone and temperatures are moderate in these fascinating islands, and the Agean Sea waters are still pretty warm. Santorini offers stunning sunsets, historic sites like Akrotini, and nice views of the caldera. Enjoy the vibrant nightlife and fabulous beaches of Mykonos. You will love the pottery workshops, medieval village of Kastro and the striking white Chrysopigi Monastery in Sifnos. And there are lots more islands to explore!
Check out this adventure: 8-Day Cruising the Hidden Gems of Greece
Octoberfest is the most obvious reason of all to visit Germany this time of year. The folk festival dates back to 1811 in Munich and is celebrated across the nation. And since you are already there, make sure to experience more German heritage and highlights like Nymphenburg Palace, Marienplatz, and in Berlin see Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag and the graffiti-covered Berlin Wall, too.
You will love these travel options: 9-Day Highlights of Central Europe and 15-Day Berlin the Venice
Bram Stoker’s (author of Dracula) birthplace was Transylvania, and they know how to do spooky! With ghostly castles and imposing Gothic churches within its isolated medieval towns, what better place to celebrate Halloween could there be? It will be cool in the higher elevations, but the amazing autumn colors will certainly distract you. Visit places like Sighisoara, Viscri, Brasov and Sibiu. Bucharest will enchant you with the colorful tree-lined tramlines.
These trips are made just for you:
10-Day Halloween in Transylvania, 10-Day Budapest to Bucharest or 18-Day Eastern Europe Explorer
And check out this cool blog: Ten Things You Should Know Before You Visit Transylvania!
I hope you found this a helpful! And thanks to Intrepid for providing the wonderful travel groups for you. Reach out if you have a specific destination or type of trip that you would like to know more about, and I will be happy to research it for you. I know very well how much information, some good and some not so good, is out there in the wide world of the internet. Use me to filter it all and help create the best travel experience EVER.
Always at your service with a smile, Bobbie