As the weather turns from sun drenched sweltering days to milder moments filled with changing leaves and layered clothing, where should you go? Here is our wanderlist of best Fall vacations in every corner of the globe!
Carnival time in the capital
At the end of each August a small pocket of West London erupts into the vibrant colorful fiesta that is Notting Hill Carnival. Set over the UK’s last holiday weekend of the summer, the vibe is always energetic and the streets come alive in a three-day celebration of Afro-Caribbean music, dance and food.
The capital city is renowned for letting its hair down for the London institution with over a million revelers taking to the streets.
A hearty foodie escape
Fall means apple pies, fresh vegetables, meat pies and locally brewed ciders and ales. You can head to Eastbourne for the Beer Festival, which features over 160 locally made brews, along with live music, food and games.
Next up, head to Lincolnshire in Lincoln’s Castle Square to sample truly local fare at the farmer’s markets. These cobbled streets are open to foodies every third Sunday. And if you’re still jonesing for a little more, get an authentic meat pie at Ye Old Pork Pie Shop in Leicestershire.
Leaf-peeping in New England
New England is famous across the world for its stunning natural scenery as fall descends in September and October. The glorious colored foliage make for a spectacular backdrop to road trips and hiking trips, and as the summer crowds filter away you can explore the region’s great outdoors, such as Acadia National Park, and coastal lobster shacks with ease.
Take to the skies
Launching in the 360-acre Balloon Fiesta Park, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta sees over 50 different nations take to the sky in a multi-colored ascent of over 500 balloons in the world’s largest hot air ballooning event. The nine-day aerial event has become the highlight in New Mexico’s annual calendar (October 3-11).
Kick off a new safari season
As the dry season comes to an end, September is a great time to visit Zimbabwe with wildlife congregating around rivers and waterholes ready to pose for your dream vacation snaps. Temperatures are pleasantly warm around this time of year and the rain, if it shows up at all, will be scarce and won’t affect safari sightings of the Big Five.
Celebrating the past
The Day of the Dead festival dates back over 3,000 years and is one of the country’s most famous cultural highlights. The ritual is devoted to remembering loved ones who have sadly passed but it’s anything but morbid. Expect a colorful celebration of the past with bright orange cempazuchitl flowers (local marigolds) adorning everything in sight and towns and cemeteries bursting with life (October 31-November 2).
Looking for more ideas? Talk with a travel agent who can guide you to save time and stress!