It doesn’t take much for our minds to wander to the next possibility for travel, and with this week’s clocks change marking a new seasonal shift, and the onset of colder, shorter days, we thought it was a good time to kickoff a monthly blog series about things worth travelling for around the world – we hope it inspires you!
So, what amazing places and experiences are worth travelling for in November?
To help, and inspire, you even further we’ve also included some hotel suggestions in each location – including a few of our favourites.
El Día De Los Muertos: Mexico City (Mexico)
November 2nd marks The Day of the Dead (El Día De Los Muertos) in Mexico. A national holiday, citizens gather to commemorate and pray for friends and family who have passed away. But this is no sombre occasion. Mexicans treat it as a celebration of life, involving vibrant costumes and treat it as what one website says, “a friendly nod to death, and even mocking death.” In the capital of Mexico City, the day is marked with parades and concerts, the main event being The Day of the Dead parade where you’ll find large skeleton puppets, moving altars, alebrijes (mythical spirit creatures), marigolds, catrinas, skulls, traditional dancers, and much more going through the city. In spot of the purpose, a life affirming spectacle.
Where to stay: Four Seasons Mexico City
Yi Peng Lantern Festival: Chiang Mai (Thailand)
This celebration is meant to cleanse the spirit of bad luck by sending lights to Buddha. Watch in wonder while thousands of lanterns are released and drift peacefully into the skies in a luminous offering to Buddha. Even if you’re not a believer, this stunning show of small lights floating in the sky is just one thing worth taking in when visiting at this time of year.
Where to stay: Shangri-La Chiang Mai
Northern lights: Lofoten Islands (Norway)
Although we did infer leaving the cold behind when travelling in November, we’ll make an exception for a ‘bucket list’ activity like the Northern Lights. While there are numerous times to see this phenomenon, November is known for having the darkest hours of the day and the higher percentage of covered skies, making it the perfect time to enjoy this natural miracle. In addition to that, the Lofoten Islands offer one of the most breath-taking Norwegian landscapes, really adding that touch of uniqueness to this experience.
Where to stay: Thon Hotel Lofoten
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: New York (USA)
From mid-November and in the run-up to Christmas, New York has a special quality. Visiting during this time can make you feel you’ve been transported into one of those holiday movie classics: ice skating at Rockefeller Centre, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (the official kick-off to the holiday season), and walking past the elaborate Christmas window displays at major retailers like Bloomigdale’s, Barneys and Saks Fifth Avenue.
And for those who want to do more than look then of course it can be an opportunity for some Christmas shopping – and even a Black Friday bargain if you’re prepared to brave the crowds…
But wrap up warm as temperatures do start to drop, but we can assure you, the warmth you will feel inside will be worth it.
Where to stay: Mandarin Oriental New York
Lie back and relax: Cape Verde
While trips that feature festivals, parades, seasonal activities and the taking in of natural wonders have their appeal, what about those looking for a ‘lie back and relax’ winter sun holiday? If that’s you, then you could do a lot worse than Cape Verde. A fine example of island life: with warm temperatures throughout the year, very little rainfall and enjoyable sea breezes from the Atlantic make this chain of volcanic islands the perfect winter warmer.
Where to stay: Hilton Cabo Verde Sal resort