Where are the best places to go on holiday in November? November is a bit of a mixed bag in many places in the world. Autumn is typically over, but winter hasn’t quite started. Many places in North America and Europe are just cold, miserable, and gloomy. However, you don’t have to let that gloom affect your mood. November is a fantastic time to get away and holiday to a warmer, sunnier destination.
If you’re looking for some ideas of great places to travel in November we are here to help! Here are the best places to visit in November!
The Best Places to Visit in November
Cape Town, South Africa
If there is one city in the world I am dying to return to, it’s Cape Town. It’s a city too beautiful for its own good. Where one can get easily lost in the depths of nature and still have dinner at any sushi, tapas, or bistro they want at night.
There are so many things to do in Cape Town, it’s hard to optimize your time there unless you have a full year. But if you don’t have a full year and looking for a fantastic city to spend time in in November you’re in luck.
Cape Town is basically heading into summer season in November, meaning more visitors start making their way to the city. The average temperature in Cape Town is 18°C. It’s also pretty dry compared to other places.
The weather across South Africa really starts to warm up starting in November, some may say it gets unpleasantly hot in some places, but Cape Town stays pretty moderate and should be visited before the holidays and complete high season!
November is “shoulder season” in the Maldives, but that means it’s a short period to get some cheaper travel in. Once December hits prices will rise, but if you travel outside of November-April you stand a higher chance of getting rained on.
We visited the Maldives for two weeks in November and had an absolute blast. The weather was perfect and we only had one rainy day the entire trip. Also the Maldivian resorts weren’t completely packed as they would be in the high season. If you’ve been dying to go to the Maldives, but are scared of the price tag consider traveling here in November!
November is a great time to consider traveling to Jordan. Tourism is lower during this time, but temperatures aren’t brutally hot. It’s technically winter in Jordan and you may even get lucky and see some snow.
It can get very hot visiting Jordan. Walking around ancient sites like Petra and hiking in the Wadi Rum desert is no fun under intense heat. That’s why November is truly a magical time to visit Jordan. We were comfortable (though it was still pretty hot during the day), and never saw anything but sunshine.
It’s worth noting that nights may still be cold, especially in Wadi Rum so bring extra layers.
One of our favorite places to travel to in November in all of Europe is Turkey. The weather in Turkey is cooler during these months, some would consider it much more comfortable than prime summertime weather.
It’s not as busy as the summertime, but you’ll still see lots of travelers lingering about. Prices on accommodation and car rentals will drop during this time. The shoulder season is typically a fantastic time to visit Turkey. It’s still very comfortable and sunny weather is typical. The more south you go the better, Bodrum and the coast is particularly lovely, but Istanbul is not a bad option either!
The Algarve, Portugal
We spent a month in the Algarve during November and had a fantastic time. In all honesty, we were looking for some warm weather while traveling around Europe so booked a one way flight to Portugal and enjoyed the sunshine.
Sunshine, no crowds, and cheap prices is what met us in November. Southern Portugal is one of the best places to visit in the world in November. We were able to save a lot on accommodation, car rentals, and experiences this time. We had nothing but sunny days and even had some wonderful beach days!
On two separate occasions have we escaped to Cyprus when facing winter conditions in northern Europe. Cyprus is the go-to European vacation in November. The weather is still very comfortable, almost always sunny, and the water still warm enough to swim.
The best news is that after October 31st the European crowds really start to die down here. Some businesses will close, but all in all you’ll be able to have a great time in Cyprus with minimal tourism and lower prices!
Whenever someone asks me my favorite country to travel I always bring up Namibia. Namibia is unworldly, and feels like stepping onto a completely different plant.
We ventured into Namibia during the month of November and had an absolutely fantastic time. November is shoulder season in Namibia and the end of the dry season. Because of this you can usually get better deals on accommodation and roll up last minute to campsites (we did this a few times). Namibia is becoming a very popular destination so in the high season it’s very hard to do things last minute unlike in November.
One of my all-time favorite honeymoon destinations in the world is The Seychelles! And the best time to visit Seychelles is in November. November is considered a calmer period in between two trade winds that the Seychelles islands experience.
However this is also high season in the Seychelles so you may find many resorts and hotels are booked up and more expensive. You have to pay for paradise in the Seychelles.
It’s best to make the long journey (depending on where you are in the world) to the Philippines in the dry season. Dry season in the Philippines is between November and April, with November being the very start of the dry season.
Like most places the “start” of any season means tourism hasn’t really picked up yet and things are just starting to liven up again. This is very true for the Philippines. Because of this, you’ll find pleasant weather and lower crowds. It’s great for a diving holiday or to just chill out on the beach. Our favorite island was Siargao!
November is the end of Spring in Australia and still a lovely time to visit before it gets brutally hot and summer begins. In the north, like Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef temperatures range in the 70s-80s°F and are lovely. The further south you go the colder it gets. Tasmania, for instance, is still hovering around the 50s-60°s.
It’s cool and comfortable and the crowds are lower. The perfect time to do a Sydney to Cairns Australia road trip
Any visitor to Hong Kong knows that it can be a hot and humid place. It’s a subtropical destination, but November is a perfect time to visit. November in Hong Kong typically means clear and sunny days with mild temperatures.
There are so many things to do in Hong Kong you’ll need days of exploring, and that’s best done without breaking a massive sweat or trying to find AC all day. Go in November!
What to Pack When You Travel in November
You’re going to need something to carry your belongings in while you’re traveling around the world. Even if you’re not doing extensive hikes or long days you need at least something for carry on and day trips.
You can see all our other backpack recommendations below:
Make sure to protect your eyes from the sun when you’re traveling. There are a lot of options for sunglasses and everyone should own at least a pair. It’s best to make sure they do have UV protection for the health of your eyes.
We made our first investment in quality polarized sunglasses with a pair of SMITH Optics Lowdown 2. Truthfully, not everyone needs to invest $150 in a pair of sunglasses, but they do make a huge difference from the crappy $10 ones.
If you’re wondering what travel necessities to bring to around the world then good walking shoes should be your top concern.
I ALWAYS have a down jacket with me when I’m traveling in the winter, fall, or even spring. They aren’t just good for hikes, but doing anything outside.
Down jackets pack up light and small so there is no reason NOT to have one in your bag. Seriously it could save your life in a bad situation. We wrote a whole post on our favorites (hint –Feathered Friends, Arc’Teryx Cerium LT Hooded Jacket, Patagonia Down Sweater, REI Coop Down Jacket)
Goretex Rain Jacket
We’re building up a collection of shell jackets. We always carry one in our pack and they’ve come in handy many times. Weather around the world can be iffy in November, so it’s best to be prepared. They are lightweight, durable, packable, waterproof, and windproof and really a great travel rain jacket. We have a bunch of different shell jackets after several years, but my favorite right now is from Arc’teryx.
Any jacket can do the job, but the top dollar ones will hold up and really help in inclement weather.
I love real books, but for traveling it can be easier to carry a lighter and more compact item like a Kindle. Plus, then you can download new books on the go!
Please consider purchasing a travel water bottle before your trip! We hate to see one time use plastic bottles ending up in the ocean. The tap water is so good here – seriously please don’t be one of those tourists that buys plastic water bottles. It’s a waste of money and plastic!
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