Get your gloves and scarves out, autumn is approaching! Which of course means the weather is refreshing, the leaves are changing colour and everything is wonderful. This is the prime time to go abroad so if you’re looking for the perfect autumn destination, then look no further. Whether you want to see those incredible natural scenic views, engross yourself in the Halloween celebrations, or just escape the cold weather for one last time – Then there is something for everyone on this list of places to visit this autumn time:
1) Cotswolds, England
If you love autumn for the brisk evening walks and the incredible sight of a city wrapped in colour as the leaves begin to brown and fall, then Cotswolds makes for a postcard-perfect destination. Referenced as the most “quintessentially English City” it is filled with endless medieval architecture of homes and cathedrals that create the most amazing scenic walks. Since the city contains over 300 years of history, there is plenty to visit and learn about so you’ll never get bored. Whether you take a visit to the Cotswold Distillery, a walk through Manor Garden, or a bus tour through the streets, this town will definitely not disappoint your autumn getaway.
2) Sleepy Hollow, New York, USA
For those of you who are Halloween-obsessed, a small town just 30 miles north of New York City makes a great autumn destination. Dominated by its eerie collection of mansions, manors and cemeteries, Sleepy Hollow really comes alive in the autumn season. The town is home to one of many infamous spirits – the Headless Horsemen from “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving. Irving’s burial site remains within the small town as well, in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. The cemetery is home to a vast collection of American authors, actors, and philanthropists. As October approaches, the town puts on a month-long Halloween festival filled with rides, live music, fairs, and parades.
3) Lombardy, Italy
If you’re looking for an autumn destination which will give you plenty to do and keep you surrounded by the beautiful season colour changes then Lombardy ticks all of the marks. This region located in northern Italy is home to incredible sights such as Lake Como, its capital, Milan, and the famous Duomo di Milano. Lombardy is filled with a mix of large, buzzing cities as well as picturesque Italian countryside – so it’s the best of both worlds really. You could spend your days getting lost in the public gardens whilst admire the rich orange-red leaves flooding the ground and making their debut for the year. Or perhaps you would rather visit the Duomo and spend a day stroll around the fashion capital of Milan. And don’t forget to visit the world renowned Da Vinci’s painting of The Last Supper whilst you are there. No matter where you may find yourself in Lombardy, you’re guaranteed beautiful sights and a busy itinerary.
4) Namibia, Africa
If you’re not ready for the cold weather yet and you’re looking for an escape to get that last dose of summer heat, then a visit to Namibia is well and truly called for. Namibia has some of the most developed tourist facilities among all of Africa alongside consistently pleasant weather and unique sights you just won’t find anywhere else. All in all it makes quite a wonderful country to visit. This small country on the southwest coast of Africa also contains the oldest desert in the world which provides the setting of some of the most beautiful night sky views in the world. If you want the full Namibia experience, I recommend taking the Desert Express – a 2 day journey with plenty of stops along the way. You get to walk in the desert, visit galleries and museums, see the unique animal and plant species in the area, watch lions being fed, and finally enjoy a desert sunset.