Some like it hot...
If you’re looking to hold onto that summer feeling and your travel is not dependent on school schedules then autumn is a great time to jet off somewhere more conducive.
But where can you go this time of year for guaranteed sun and avoiding the hurricane season in the Caribbean or rain in Thailand?
The Flexicover Team look at some destinations where cloudy, wet, depressing days are a rarity.
Las Vegas, USA
While nightlife and casinos might be the huge draw to Sin City, thanks to its location in the Mojave Desert there’s also plenty of sunshine to coax you out of bed in the morning. Of course, if you want to see the sun in Las Vegas, you’re going to have to leave the casinos in good time. If you do, you’ll find the sun shining 85% of the time, very little humidity, and it’s unlikely to rain (less than five inches of rain per year). Whilst the peak summer months will see swelter temperatures of 40o, travel anytime in autumn or spring and you still experience warm daytime temperatures of around mid to high 20s and clear blue skies as a rule. As for outdoor activities, numerous companies operate tours directly from Las Vegas to tourist attractions including Red Rock Canyon, the Hoover Dam, and the mesmerising natural wonder - the Grand Canyon. Or if you really like it hot only two hours west lies the aptly named Death Valley National Park. Viva Las Vegas!
This region is actually considered to be Europe’s sunniest spot. The Mediterranean coastline here receives more than 300 sunny days a year. Autumn days in Andalucía are still exotically warm, often hitting the low 30s and while the beaches are great this time of year due to being less crowded, many choose to lace up their hiking boots and head to the cooler climes of the hills for a spot of rambling. Anyone with a true passion for walking may want to aim to go for the Marbella 4Days Walking (known as M4DW) which will take place between 10th to 13th October. The other alternative that might interest equestrian enthusiasts is to climb the high mountains of Sierra Nevada and pass through its beautiful foothills; the woods, water and valleys of the Las Alpujarras on horseback.
Cape Town, South Africa
September/October in South Africa is springtime and offers much to those that love to be outdoors with temperatures ranging around high teens to low 20s. It is definitely the best time for whale watching as from June to November the Southern Right whale migrated from their feeding grounds in Antarctica to calve and nurse their young and are often mere metres from the shore, meaning you can get great views from a cliff, on a beach or on one of the many organised boat tours. For the sporty types spring is the ideal season for hiking. The sun is mild, the surroundings are gorgeous with all the blooming flowers and the wind is easy, ideal for taking one of the routes that lead up Table Mountain or climb Lion’s Head for full moon. What’s more, it may be an 11 hour flight from the UK but you’ll suffer virtually no jet lag, as it’s straight down.
One of the biggest of the Greek Islands, Rhodes, in the Aegean Sea, has been a sun-worshipper's dream for millennia and experiences about 300 days of sunshine a year. But it’s not all about the beaches. Visit the Old Town, a fortified medieval town, and wander the stones street, pass Byzantine churches, mosques, hidden gardens and courtyards. For the more adventurous, just a 30 minute walk from the town is the Acropolis of Rhodes, featuring the ruins of the temple of Apollo, and from the top of the hill you can get some scenic views of the city and the Turkish mountains across the sea.
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi is the capital and the second largest city of the United Arab Emirates and as you’d expect from its location, sunny blue skies and high temperatures can be expected most of the year. The city offers visitors a unique mix of tradition and progression with plenty of attractions, restaurants and nightlife to appeal to tourists, but it manages to maintain a more distinctly Arabian ambiance than its near neighbour Dubai. One of the must-see sites is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, a word of warning if travelling there by bus, ask the driver to let you know once you’re there because if you miss the stop (100m before the mosque) there’s no stop for the next 5km. Outside of the city there’s a great option too. Visit the 'Oasis City' Al Ain or marvel at the history of an emirate dotted with ancient forts and historic sites – several of which have been listed as official UNESCO World Heritage Sites. For adrenaline junkies there is always a bit of ‘Dune Bashing’!
Wherever you travel to for some sun, at Flexicover we are committed to providing you the highest level of protection to ensure that you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away.