The hunt for October sun
With the change in seasons and the lengthening of nights, our thoughts turn to brighter times and warmer climes. Next summer seems like a distant dream but with a little bit of planning things don’t have to be all that gloomy!
October is a great time to grab a last-minute deal on an extended weekend or a long-haul break; there are some amazing destinations on offer. And for those with children, the half term offers an opportunity to get a bit more colour into their cheeks.
The Flexicover Team looks at some October hotspots!
For a bit of sun, landscape of outstanding natural beauty and tranquil, warm waters, head to the Pacific and the exotic ‘Islands of Aloha’! Enjoy the dramatic cliffs of Kaua’i, the gorgeous Waikiki Beach in O’ahu or the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Island of Hawai’i, amongst other great local sites. Learn to surf or kayak, explore a rich heritage and historic landmarks or just relax, unwind and get your tan on. From luxury resorts on Lana’i to traditional Hawaiian hospitality on rural Moloka’i, experience all Hawaii has to offer on a sun-kissed escape!
The Cape Verde archipelago is located 500km off the coast of Senegal and is a relatively unknown touristic gem that should make for an excellent October break. The ten islands offer a diverse mix of holiday activities from the beaches and water sports of Sal to the romantic isolation and marine life (turtles and whales) of Boa Vista. Santiago, with the capital Praia, has a great mix of musical culture and great scenery as well as a vibrant nightlife scene. Head out to enjoy long, uninterrupted walks along the sunny coastline and a great trip away!
Also known as Oporto, the second city of Portugal is a truly charming place to visit. Renowned primarily for its river, the Douro (great for river cruises), and as the home of the famous port wine, Porto also boasts gorgeous cobbled streets, lovely baroque churches and plazas and houses with beautiful tiled façades which contribute to its historic centre being a World Heritage Site. The city is also famed for concert halls of rare elegance such as the Coliseu do Porto and the Rivoli Theatre. A mere two hours away, Porto is a gem of a destination for a warm break at this time of the year!
For true Arabian hospitality and guaranteed autumn sunshine, the ‘Gateway to the Persian Gulf’ is a great choice. The Omani capital is a refreshing destination blending strong cultural traditions and spectacular landscapes with modern flair. From your city base, you can explore a fabulous coastline with white sandy beaches and gorgeous turquoise waters or head out on a jeep safari in the sand dunes. If urban tourism is your thing, then numerous mosques and museums showcase the city’s culture or take a tour of the souks – and then relax with a mint tea as the sun sets over the Gulf.
Hong Kong is a spectacular place for the modern explorer, combining urban, rural and maritime experiences, particularly in October, when it’s slightly cooler but less humid. Enjoy sumptuous delights from tasty street food on the streets to top cuisine at one of its 62 Michelin-starred restaurants. Take a tram (ding dang), shop in Causeway Bay, visit the Big Buddha and climb to the top of Victoria Peak for the best views. And don’t miss cruising the harbour at night to see the symphony of lights against a stunning skyline; a veritable photographer’s dream!
Wherever your travels take you this October and whenever you decide to book, we at Flexicover 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. Safe travels!