Our travel picks: The best places to visit in October

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There’s a lot to be said for travelling in October. You skip the busy season, and all the inflated prices and beaches full of pasty Brits that come with it. While the masses sink back into normality as autumn rolls around, you’ll be cashing-in those saved-up annual leave days and jetting off to sunnier (or at least more exciting) climes.

But where to go? That’s where we come in. We’ve worked our way through thousands of flight searches to reveal the best October holiday destinations. Intrigued? Read on, get some vay-cay inspiration and then search for flights on Cheapflights.co.uk.

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For budget travellers…

Short-haul pick: Nice, France


Make tracks for Côte d’Azur in October and you could see savings of up to 22% compared to the rest of the year. And with temperatures still reaching the early twenties, the weather is pleasantly mild enough for exploring Nice’s markets and old town, yet sunny enough to soak up some rays on the Bay of Angels. This glorious curve of beach is fringed by the lively Promenade des Anglais.

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Long-haul pick: Seattle, USA


It’s easier than ever to get to the Rainy City since direct flights from the UK were introduced this year. Along with the other things that make the city so iconic – the Space Needle, the original Starbucks and Pike Market Street to name but a few – you’ll also be able to plan your trip to coincide with Restaurant Week, where over one hundred restaurants offer a three-course dinner for $32 (and an $18 three-course lunch at select locations). Package that with savings of up to 20% on flights compared to the rest of the year and you’re on to a winner.

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For trendsetters…

Short-haul pick: Arrecife, Lanzarote

Arrecife, Lanzarote

With most of Europe settling into milder weather come October, it’s no surprise that Lanzarote (and the rest of the Canaries, for that matter) are so popular at this time of year. With temperatures still well in the twenties, flight searches are up 61% for this month. And although most will flock to Lanzarote’s coastal resorts, those in the know will be soaking up the rays in the island capital of Arrecife, a charming town with its own stretch of sandy beach, plus an array of boutiques, restaurants and bars. From there, you can head north to explore Lanzarote’s surprisingly varied volcanic landscape.

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Long-haul pick: Honolulu, Hawaii 


Honolulu nicely combines Hawaii at its most kitsch as well as its most cosmopolitan – and throws in a few iconic attractions to boot (think Pearl Harbour and Diamond Head). If you’re looking for sand and surf, head to Waikiki and laze by the sea with a mai tai in hand. Or for something a little more adventurous, spend some time in Chinatown where you’ll find the city’s surprisingly diverse foodie scene. High temperatures and low rainfall make October a great time to visit, and with flight searches up 57% for this month, it seems that’s when those in the know are heading off for some Hawaiian sunshine.

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For advanced planners…



If you’re looking to book in October and head on a last-minute November holiday, our recent ‘When to buy, when to fly‘ guide revealed that Mexico offers the most value for money. Whether you’re heading for the beaches or the ruins, the food or the fiestas, or just want to party by a pool in Cancun, swapping summer for late autumn could lead to savings of up to £475.

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Just so you know, this data is based on averages from departure points across the UK and is intended as a guideline only. Check the latest up-to-date prices and search for flights at Cheapflights.co.uk.

Our travel picks: The best places to visit in October was last modified: August 1st, 2017 by Kirsten McCroskrie
Author: Kirsten McCroskrie (94 posts)

Scottish-born London dweller who uses any chance she gets to chase the sunshine. Most at home when sipping cocktails by the sea, but will always happily settle for a double-shot cappuccino in an inner-city hipster café...