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Best Places to Travel in Autumn

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Autumn is one of my favorite times of year. The changing leaves, the chill in the air, and the promise of cozy evenings by the fire ease the transition from summer to winter. If you love the fall season and want to see it at its best, today I bring you my 9 best places to travel in autumn.

Best Places to Travel in Autumn

Best Places to Travel in Autumn

Best Places to Travel in Autumn

The world has no shortage of amazing places to see fall colors, sit by a fire, or indulge in the best of the year’s harvest. So if you’re wondering where to travel in autumn, read on.

Autumn in Hampstead Heath, London

Autumn in Hampstead Heath, London

1. New England, USA

New England is famous for its fall colors, and the leaves in this part of the world are hard to beat. It tops my list of the best places to travel in autumn for good reason.

One of my favorite things about going to university in Rhode Island was the abundance of fall foliage in New England. It was amazing to see the colors change on campus every September.

The drive from Providence to Boston was gorgeous, and a backpacking trip in the White Mountains of New Hampshire was one of my most memorable college travel experiences.

Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

2. Burgundy, France

Across the Atlantic Ocean, France’s Burgundy is another great place to visit in fall. Why? Autumn means one thing in wine country: harvest.

It’s a great time to visit Burgundy to see the grapes coming off the vines and revel in the buzz of activity.

This part of France is also beautiful during the autumn season, so it’s an ideal time to hop in a car (or on a bike) and cruise through the vineyards.

Grapes in Burgundy, France

Grapes in Burgundy, France

3. San Francisco, California, USA

Don’t let San Francisco fool you. This Californian city may seem like the perfect summer travel destination, but locals know it’s at its best in fall.

As the summer fog burns off, San Francisco becomes one of the best places to travel in autumn. September and October tend to have the best weather of the year, not to mention fewer crowds.

That means autumn is the best time to hit the beach, bike across the Golden Gate Bridge, and do all the other fun outdoor activities San Francisco has to offer.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California

4. Patagonia, Chile

The Southern Hemisphere’s spring is a great time to visit Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park. It’s full of everything from mountain peaks to icy glaciers and adorable guanacos.

With fewer crowds than the peak summer season and better chances of seeing wildlife and avoiding harsh winds, November is a great time to visit Patagonia. There are good travel deals to be found at this time of year, too.

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

5. New Forest, UK

England’s New Forest is another of the best places to travel in autumn. This area of pasture land, heath, and forest in Hampshire and Wiltshire is stunning when the leaves turn.

I’ll never forget my first trip to the New Forest in autumn. The colors on the leaves were so bright that I thought I had stepped into a dream.

Southern England’s gem of a wilderness is the perfect place to be ensconced in fall foliage, and easy to visit on an autumn day trip from London.

Autumn Leaves in the New Forest, England

Autumn Leaves in the New Forest, England

6. Alba, Italy

One of my best foodie trips in Europe was the one I took to the White Truffle Festival in Alba, Italy. Every autumn this pretty town in Piedmont comes alive with the scent of the season.

White truffles fill the air, the plates, and the shops as visitors from all over the world come to celebrate the delicacy. Make sure to arrive hungry!

Church in Alba, Italy

Church in Alba, Italy

7. Bali, Indonesia

Out in Asia, one of the best places to travel in autumn is Bali. September and October are great months to visit, as the peak summer crowds are gone and the climate is still friendly.

From the coastal beaches to the inland rice fields, the island is ripe for exploration in the fall. It’s also a great place to get one last dose of sun and sand before winter sets in back home.

Hotel Tugu, Bali, Indonesia

Hotel Tugu, Bali, Indonesia

8. Paso Robles, California, USA

If you prefer New World wines to old, Paso Robles is your ideal autumn travel destination. The fall colors are heavy on the vines, the harvest is in full swing, and California’s golden autumn sunshine is pretty much guaranteed.

Better yet, this wine region is less touristy than Napa so you won’t have to jostle for space in the tasting rooms. And don’t even get me started on how amazing Paso Robles winery weddings are in autumn.

Paso Robles Winery Sculpture

Paso Robles Winery Sculpture

9. South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

South Luangwa National Park in eastern Zambia is the perfect place for a safari in September or October. I went once in October and saw more wildlife than I’ve seen on any other safari in Africa (and I’ve done a few!).

The sheer volume and diversity of species blew me away, as did the fact that I could watch the elephants out the window of my room. This is truly a unique part of the world.

Zebras, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Zebras, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Places to Travel in Autumn

I hope you’ve enjoyed this guide to where to go in autumn. There are so many great places to travel in fall that I’m sure they’ll keep your schedule packed this season and for many more to come.

If you’re looking for inspiration for travel in Britain this season, you can take a look at my blog post about the best places to visit in the UK in autumn.

What about you? What do you think are the best places to travel in autumn?

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The 10 trendiest destinations you should visit around the world in 2019

The 10 trendiest destinations you should visit around the world in 2019

It might be less than a week into 2019, but it’s never too early to start mapping out your travel plans for the new year. And don’t worry if you’re unsure of where to go.

Travel website Kayak recently shared its list of the top trending travel destinations for 2019. The search engine analyzed more than 1.5 billion annual travel searches to find its data, and then compiled everything from hotel prices to weather statistics for each location.

Spanning the globe from Mexico to Indonesia, these are the 10 trendiest travel spots of 2019, according to Kayak.

10. Munich, Germany, will trend among tourists who love to view historic sights in the daytime, and indulge in fast-paced nightlife in the evening.

Marienplatz, the city’s central square, is one of Munich’s most popular spots.

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Popular art galleries like SPERLING and Deborah Schamoni are likely to thank for the recent 34% increase in searches for Munich.

9. Known for its beautiful beaches and daring hiking trails, Maui, Hawaii, has something for every type of traveler.

Kaanapali Beach hosts a daily cliff diving ceremony on its Puu Kekaa cliffs.

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If you’re hoping to travel from the island’s resorts to its museums and beaches, Kayak recommends renting a car. Of course, the island is large, and seeing Maui in its entirety might be difficult, but doing so will help you understand why searches for the spot have increased by 35%.

8. Rome, Italy, has seen a 39% increase in searches, likely thanks to its rich history and opportunities for sightseeing.

Rome is abundant with historic churches and ancient ruins.

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If you choose Rome as your destination of choice this year, don’t be surprised to find a “service tax” on your receipt when dining. Tipping is not customary in Italy, so the fee is added in its place, according to Kayak.

7. Paris, France, continues to be one of the most highly searched travel destinations.

Kayak recommends visiting the Eiffel Tower and the Palace of Versailles.

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The city is full of exceptional shopping, dining, and art, so it’s no surprise that Paris has recently garnered a 41% search increase from travelers.

5. With a 43% increase in searches, Guadalajara, Mexico is one of two Mexican cities to make Kayak’s list.

Hotels in Guadalajara are fairly inexpensive, sometimes costing as little as $72 per night.

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The family-friendly city is home to book stores, galleries, and cafes, all of which stock high-quality items for surprisingly low prices, according to Kayak.

4. The Bahamas may be known for its dolphins and pink beaches, but the country has seen a 45% search increase thanks to its more underrated spots.

The country’s beaches are perfect for a relaxing getaway.

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Instead of paying the 15% gratuity that most restaurants will charge, Kayak recommends visiting the farmer’s markets found throughout Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas.

3. Coffee fanatics are responsible for Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, becoming a trendy vacation spot.

The Vietnamese city has some excellent street food options.

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At places like the Du Mien Garden Coffee shop, visitors sip their drinks while enjoying the location’s waterfalls and pools. The local business is one of many establishments that has boosted Ho Chi Minh’s searches by 49%.

2. Searches for Bali, Indonesia, have increased by 65% in recent months.

The trendy city is home to stunning nature views and high-end restaurants.

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Visitors of Bali have a lot of entertainment options, ranging from clubs, to resorts, and luxurious restaurants like Padi Fine Dining.

1. Mexico City, Mexico, tops the list with a 73% search increase, becoming the trendiest travel destination for 2019.

The city’s architecture is extremely colorful.

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