November is a low season in many parts of the world, so there are plenty of destinations waiting for you to discover
Best for city slickers: Berlin, Germany
This November 9 marks the 30th anniversary since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and the city has a week of festivities planned in seven key locations – Kurfürstendamm, Brandenburg Gate, Schlossplatz, Alexanderplatz, Gethsemane Church, East Side Gallery and the former Stasi headquarters in Lichtenberg. Expect a series of open-air exhibitions using text, sound and images to explore historical milestones from the Cold War to reunification. Keep a lookout for the Staatskapelle show at the Brandenburg Gate on the evening of November 9, which is followed by DJ WestBam ringing in the Berliner Clubcommission’s European Club Night with dance parties taking place in 27 clubs across Berlin.
Getting to Berlin
Flights to Berlin are easily accessible from the UK and Europe. You can use Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights available. Assuming you are departing on November 7 and returning November 14, a check on September 27 reveals the cheapest flights are:
- London to Berlin from £45 with Ryanair.
- New York to Berlin from US$532 with Norwegian (with a self-transfer segment with easyJet from London to Berlin).
Best for beach bums: The Gambia
For those looking to escape to warmer weather in November, The Gambia is the perfect spot. While the country is almost entirely surrounded by Senegal, its western part has a stretch of 80km (50 miles) of coastline bordering the Atlantic Ocean. Popular beaches include Kotu Beach and Cape Point, both are perfect for lounging in the sun with a good book or taking long walks at sunset. Beyond beaches, the bustling capital Banjul is well worth a visit.
Getting to The Gambia
Search for your flights on Skyscanner to find the best and cheapest available. Assuming you are departing on November 3 and returning November 11, a check on September 27 reveals the cheapest flights are:
- London to Banjul from £458 with Royal Air Maroc. This flight takes 8 hours and 25 minutes with a stopover in Casablanca.
- New York to Banjul from US$1,042 with Brussels Airlines. This flight takes 17 hours with stopovers in Geneva and Brussels.
Before you go, use our Gambia travel guide to plan for your trip.
Best for families: Yokohama, Japan
Credited as the birthplace of rugby in Japan, with matches taking place as early as 1860, Yokohama will host the 2019 Rugby World Cup final at the International Stadium (aka Nissan Stadium) on November 2. Yokohama is an easy trip from Tokyo, with the JR Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train gets you from Tokyo station to Shin-Yokohama station in just 18 minutes – and the stadium is just a 15-minute walk from Shin-Yokohama station. To help plan your time in Yokohama and the surrounding areas, check out this article “What to see and do in Yokohama and Kanagawa Prefecture”.
Best for adventurers: Arava Desert, Israel
Located in the southern Arava Valley, Timna Park is crisscrossed with hiking trails and rock climbing routes. One of the challenging trails takes you up Solomon’s Pillars (red sandstone cliffs) – this trail has very steep ascents and descents, it is not for the fainthearted.
The 10th edition Yoga Arava deserves special mention. This year, yoga teachers from Israel, Australia, Germany and the United States will lead classes from October 29 to November 2 across the golden desert, before coming together at a joint session at the foot of Solomon’s Pillars in Timna Park. Check out the website for more information.
The Arava Desert is just 30km (19 miles) from Eilat, a water sports paradise with flights from major European cities. Use our informative Eilat travel guide to help you plan your desert adventure.