Where to Go in November: What’s in season  in November?

by Jessica

November 9th, 2010

When Americans think about travel in November, chances are good they’re concentrating on traveling over one particular weekend for that busiest of holidays, Thanksgiving. But even if you are obligated to make the annual trek home for turkey day, there are 29 other days in November that you could theoretically spend vacationing somewhere you want to be.

Where you want to be in November, however, will likely vary depending on where you’re coming from and what you’d like to do. Do you live in a cold place and feel like you need some sun? Or are you a snow lover who can’t wait to hit the slopes as soon as fall is over? Either way, the list below has some destination options that may entice you.

Below you’ll find some suggestions for both warm weather spots and cold weather spots in November, with a few reasons why you might want to consider that place for your November vacation. And hey, if it’s Thanksgiving travel deals you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered there, too.

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Here are some of the best places to go in November:

Warm Weather Destinations in November

Hawaii
Hawaii might seem like a great place to go any time of year, and to some extent it is. Even though Hawaii tends to be a bit wet in November – it’s the start of what can be considered Hawaii’s “rainy season” – it’s still quite warm. And if you visit in early November, you could benefit from some of the fantastic October weather spilling over. Hawaii gets a bit more expensive starting in December, too, so you’ll be able to take advantage of slightly lower prices on things like airfare and hotels.

Southern & East Africa
Since it’s in the Southern Hemisphere, it stands to reason that a trip to the southern half of the African continent in November would be a good idea weather-wise – it’s not late fall/early winter there, after all, it’s late spring/early summer. South Africa is a great candidate, especially with beach cities like Cape Town offering beach weather in November. Places like Botswana, Tanzania, and Namibia are good options if you’re interested in some serious safari time, too.

Southeast Asia
November is the start of the best time to visit Southeast Asia, since the weather is typically a bit more dry and not as hot. The specifics of temperature and precipitation will vary slightly depending on what parts of SE Asia you’re visiting, but generally speaking you can expect cooler and dryer weather in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos starting in November. This tends to be the start of the most popular tourist season in this region, so you won’t necessarily be avoiding the crowds, however.

New Zealand/Australia
Both New Zealand and Australia are drifting from spring into summer come November, so it’s a great time to visit. The weather’s not so hot on the Queensland beaches so as to be overwhelming, but it’s definitely warm enough on beaches throughout much of both countries that your bikini will get plenty of use.

South America
Another Southern Hemisphere candidate for a November trip is almost all of South America, although Peru in particular gets high marks for November. The rainy season doesn’t usually start until December, so you’re likely to get some of the nicest weather of the year (unless you’re going up in the mountains, where the rains can start earlier) – and it’s not the high season, so the crowds are smaller and prices are lower.

Southern California, Arizona, Texas, Florida
There’s a reason so many people from the northern parts of the US follow the birds and migrate south for the winter starting in November. While plenty of cities in the southern United States can be unbearably hot in July and August, they’re downright perfect by November. This is the time to spend a long weekend golfing around Phoenix or Palm Springs, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Cold Weather Destinations in November

French Alps
Really, any of the Alps will do – even the ones in Switzerland and Italy – if you’re hungry for snow and can’t wait to get skiing or snowboarding. It won’t necessarily be the best powder of the season, given that it’s so early, but the slopes won’t be inundated with people yet and the prices on a November trip to Europe are significantly less than they are in the summer. As a bonus, skip down into Northern Italy for dinner, since it’s truffle season.

British Columbia
Skiers don’t need to be told about the top-notch slopes of places like Whistler, but if you’re unfamiliar with British Columbia’s prowess in the snow department then get thyself on a plane to Vancouver, pronto. There’s a reason they hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics, after all. November is early for the ski season, but you should get some great skiing in and may not have as long to wait in the line for the lifts, either.

Iceland
Sure, Iceland is frigid in winter, but the locals know how to keep warm – with the right gear and a steady supply of vodka. A visit in November means you’ll face far fewer crowds than you would in August, you’ll get better deals on everything from airfare to hotels, and a dip in one of the many thermal pools will feel even better.

photo by Joe Shlabotnik



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