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Best places to travel in November 2021 & 2022

Though the temperatures may begin to drop, November still offers plenty of opportunity for an active adventure. Trek to the top of the world in the Himalaya Mountains in Nepal, and witness the sunrises over the tops of the peaks.

Enjoy snorkelling or scuba diving in the warmer temperatures of the Red Sea in Egypt, where the water is a clear blue and the coral reefs teem with marine life. Or experience Vietnam by bicycle, along the countryside around the historic merchants' town of Hoi An or through the rice terraces and remote villages of Sapa.

1. Sweden - Visited

If you’re after a real winter-wonderland experience and are prepared for the cold, November is a rewarding time of year to visit Sweden. Plummeting temperatures bring snow, especially in the far north of the country, so it’s a great time to explore Sweden’s landscapes through activities such as husky sledging — or even reindeer herding with Lapland’s indigenous Sámi people.

November is also a good time of year to see the northern lights, wherever you are in the country. Visiting Sweden in November also means you won’t have to contend with the busyness of Christmastime when Swedish families often travel domestically.

  • Don't miss: Swedish winter wonderland

  • Flight time: 2 hours 30 minutes (London to Stockholm)

  • Time difference: UTC +1

  • November Temperature (Day): 5 to 6°C, depending on the region

  • November rainfall: 52 to 81mm, varies by region

2. Mexico

November is a classic time of year to visit Mexico, for one main reason: this is when the country launches itself into an exuberant festive mood for its Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), taking place around the first day of November. Yes, it’ll be busy, especially in Oaxaca and Mexico City, but that’s all part of the experience, as communities celebrate with parades, live music, and candlelit feasting in cemeteries.

November is also a good month to visit the country as a whole: the rainy season has usually petered out by now and warm days have returned, making it a good time to explore Mexico’s smaller towns, beaches and coastal regions.

  • Don't miss: Highlights of Mexico: Mexico City, Mérida & Isla Holbox

  • Flight time: 12 hours (Direct)

  • Time difference: UTC -6

  • November Temperature (Day): 22 to 34°C, depending on the region

  • November rainfall: 4 to 143mm, varies by region

3. Vietnam

November is one of the most popular months to explore Vietnam. In the northern areas, the heat, rain and humidity of summer start to decrease dramatically and you’ll find pleasantly warm temperatures and dry days. In the south, this is the beginning of the hot dry season, making it an excellent time to relax on Vietnam’s beaches including Phu Quoc, Mui Ne and Phan Thiet.

The central region remains balmy at this time of year, but you can expect occasional bursts of sudden, heavy rainfall.

  • Don't miss: Vietnam's best beach resorts

  • Flight time: 13½ hours (Hanoi, via Paris)

  • Time difference: UTC +7

  • November Temperature (Day): 28 to 34°C, depending on the region

  • November rainfall: 37 to 464mm, varies by region

4. Japan

With crisp air, blue skies and the most brilliant foliage of the season, November is an excellent time to visit Japan.

Mountainsides erupt in flaming orange, bright crimson and glowing gold leaves, providing an eye-catching backdrop for the country’s many walking trails. In the cities, you can visit temples and shrines, which often have leafy gardens, for easy foliage viewing. Mornings and evenings can be chilly, especially toward the end of the month, but it’s easy to slip into a hot spring to warm up.

  • Don't miss: Gardens of Japan

  • Flight time: 11½ hours (Tokyo)

  • Time difference: UTC +9

  • November Temperature (Day): 14 to 32°C, depending on the region

  • November rainfall: 81 to 433mm, varies by region

5. Australia

Spring is in full swing and temperatures are on the rise, though are still mild enough to make for comfortable hiking conditions along the coast and in the country’s national parks.

Landscapes in the north are peppered with wildflowers after stormy downpours, and rainforests and wetlands are alive with birds and other wildlife. It’s also a good time to stroll city streets in the south, where it’s warm and dry, and for a road trip along the east coast before the days heat up. It’s warm and sunny on the beaches, although the water is a little cooler after the winter months.

6. The USA - Visited

While temperatures drop and the weather becomes less predictable in the northern half of the USA in November, regions like the Deep South, Florida, California and the Southwest remain mild and largely dry.

It’s also an excellent time to visit Hawaii, where the sun still shines and you can enjoy the islands’ beaches and forested interiors before visitors arrive for the festive period. Autumn arrives later in the south, so you can still enjoy fall foliage in areas such as Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge and the Smoky Mountains. Avoid the week of Thanksgiving, which falls on the fourth Thursday of November, as travel will be busy and prices higher throughout the country.

  • Don't miss: Fall in the USA beyond New England

  • Flight time: Between 7 (New York) & 20 hours (Honolulu)

  • Time difference: UTC -5 to UTC -10

  • November Temperature (Day): 10 to 35°C, depending on the region

  • November rainfall: 0 to 291mm, varies by region

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