Where to go in October 2018

Published on: Monday, September 17, 2018
Where to go in October 2018 - Man walking the Everest Base Camp trek, Nepal

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From spiritual festivals to trekking the Himalayas, October is easily the best time of the year to be a tourist

Best for families: Lima, Peru

Peru is home to some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the world, and its capital city is the perfect place for an adventurous family holiday. In October, Lima hosts the Procession of the Lord of Miracles (El Señor de los Milagros). This annual festival brings thousands of people to the city, decked out in all shades of purple in celebration of Lima’s patron saint. Key dates are October 18, 19 and 28.

Lima is also home to dozens of fascinating museums, awe-inspiring cathedrals and relaxing parks. Children will enjoy the Magic Water Circuit, the largest fountain complex in the world, or the Miraflores Boardwalk. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, grab some anitcucho (meat skewers) or ceviche (Peru’s national dish) to recharge.

Spend a day at the coastline, strolling through Lima’s picturesque sandy beaches. You can learn to surf or, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can paraglide and take in a breathtaking view of Lima and the South Pacific from above.

The city’s southerly location means October is springtime and summer is on its way. When it comes to temperature, you can expect anything between 16°C (61°F) to 21°C (65°F).

Travelling to Lima, Peru

Search for your flights on Skyscanner, where you can look through multiple flight options and are guaranteed to find the best and cheapest.

Assuming you’re departing on October 17 and returning on 24, a check on Sept 13 reveals the cheapest flights are:

  • London to Lima from £440 with British Airways. This direct flight takes 12 hours 30 minutes.
  • New York to Lima from US$623 with LATAM Airlines. This direct flight takes 7 hours 30 minutes.
  • Singapore to Lima from SGD$1,775 with Singapore Airlines and Air Canada. This flight has two stops and takes 30 hours.

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Best for a beach break: Phuket, Thailand

Phuket is the textbook example of paradise and October is an excellent time to visit. Autumn in Thailand means the monsoon season comes to an end and the rain starts to ease, while travel costs are low and the beaches aren’t crowded.

Beyond the beach, visitors can hike to the peak of Mount Nagakerd in Karon to get up close to the giant Buddha statue (“The Big Buddha”) that sits there. Alternatively learn more about Buddhism by taking a visit to Wat Chalong, the largest and most revered temple on the island.

October is also when Phuket hosts their annual Vegetarian Festival, as featured in ‘The 20 craziest festivals in the world’ article. This year the celebration will be held from October 9-17 and, as always, there will be some shocking displays of body piercings that you won’t want to miss.

Travelling to Phuket, Thailand

Search for your flights on Skyscanner, where you can look through multiple flight options and are guaranteed to find the best and cheapest.

Assuming you’re departing on October 17 and returning on 24, a check on Sept 13 reveals the cheapest flights are:

  • London to Phuket from £403 with Air China. This flight has one stopover and takes 22 hours 15 minutes. If you prefer a shorter flight time, consider Thai Airways or Qatar.
  • New York to Phuket from US$482 with Air China. This flight has one stopover and takes 20 hours 50 minutes.
  • Singapore to Phuket from SGD$117 with Air Asia. This direct flight takes 1 hour 45 minutes.

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Best for thrill seekers: Nepal

Nepal is famous for its hikes. Those eager to reconnect with nature and stay active on their vacation should make a beeline for this gorgeous destination. October is the start of trekking season, and is generally considered one of the best times to hike the many incredible trails in Nepal.

Most treks can take anywhere from a few days to weeks to complete. The Annapurna circuit ranges from 160-230km (99-143 miles) and takes hikers through the sweeping panoramas of the Annapurna mountain range. For a shorter trip, the Poon Hill Trek only takes 4-5 days and has a breathtaking view of the Himalayas.

Of course if you’re feeling very adventurous, there are plenty of services offering guided treks to Everest Base Camp. This hike takes a full two weeks, but nothing compares to experiencing Everest’s beauty for yourself.

Travelling to Nepal

Search for your flights on Skyscanner, where you can look through multiple flight options and are guaranteed to find the best and cheapest.

Assuming you’re departing on October 17 and returning on 24, a check on Sept 13 reveals the cheapest flights are:

  • London to Nepal from £679 with Oman Air. This flight has one stopover and takes about 19 hours. If you prefer a shorter flight time, consider Jet Airways.
  • New York to Nepal from US$855 with China Southern. This flight takes 25 hours with one stopover in Guangzhou.
  • Singapore to Kathmandu from SGD$635 with Malindo Air. This flight takes 10 hours, but you can cut it down with a direct flight from Singapore Airlines at SGD$1,472 returns.

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