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Travel for Teens:The Best 2 Week Europe Trip Itinerary

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This Europe trip itinerary for teens is the perfect way to spend 2 weeks in several different countries. If you only have one week in Europe, discover these 20 Europe Trip Itinerary Ideas. 

My friend is taking her teenage daughter on a surprise 2 week Europe trip for her sweet 16 birthday this summer, and I promised to help her plan the itinerary. They are about to take a trip of a lifetime together and they have a big bucket list to get through. It’s an ambitious itinerary, but with just the two of them and the ease of getting around Europe, it’s totally doable and the best way to travel Europe in 2 weeks.

Here are the European countries on their bucket list:

  • England: London
  • France: Paris & The Loire Valley
  • Italy: Lake Como & Rome
  • Greece: Kefalonia

Europe is such a great place to travel for teens. There are so many iconic sites, beautiful scenery, culture, and history that it is hard to be bored when you visit. Even in this article about travel for teens, the top five destinations are in Europe! Maybe you could even get them to put their phones down and take in the sites, or at least take a good selfie with them.

I personally love traveling with teens. They have so much energy and excitement about the world and they’re so much less needy than my little kids (who I also love traveling with). It’s just a completely different experience and I love seeing the world through their eyes.

Travel can be so good for teens too. It can really help them come out of their shell and help them to realize that the world is bigger than their friends and family and that there are so many different ways to live. Here are just a few benefits of travel for teens:

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Benefits of travel for teens

  • Teaches Organization: Traveling takes a lot of organization to be able to create an itinerary and follow through.
  • Encourages Budgeting: Travel costs money, and it’s important for teens to learn how to save their money and to learn to spend it on important things, like travel, rather than on things they don’t really need.
  • Breaks Stereotypes: It can be so easy for people to believe stereotypes about different countries and cultures. If there’s one thing that travel teaches us, it’s that people are essentially all the same, despite our country of origin.
  • Teaches Problem Solving: It doesn’t matter how much planning goes into your travels, something is bound to go wrong. Traveling as a teenager helps them to practice problem-solving in a safe environment with an adult present. On my last trip to Italy with my teenage niece, our taxi driver drove off with my phone and wallet. She was able to remain calm and help problem solve until we came to a resolution.
  • Teaches Individualism: Traveling really does help you to discover who you are, and this is true for teens too.

Europe Itinerary 2 Weeks

Europe is also a great trip for teens because you can hit so many different countries and cultures in a short period of time. This is a great list of the best European countries to visit with kids. 

I’ve organized this two-week European itinerary to move smoothly between countries and to have very unique experiences in each destination. It’s a good mix of cultures and active, fun, and educational activities that should keep teenagers engaged and active, ready to make memories with you.

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First Stop Day 1-3: London

-Getting to London-

London! Your first stop on your 2 week Europe trip! It’s a great place to start. You can immerse yourself in a new culture without the stress of a language barrier for the first few days.

Fly into London: Getting to Europe is pretty easy. There are so many amazing flight deals year round. Keep an eye on flights until you find the best deals. It can be tricky traveling with teens because of their demanding school and activity schedules. It’s a good idea to find out if they can do any kind of independent study so that you can go to Europe during the offseason, which will be much less crowded, cheaper, and more enjoyable. To find the best flights, check out my guide to finding cheap flights here where I discuss all the tricks and tools I use to find killer deals, especially to Europe! I’m taking my almost teen 12-year-old to London this spring and I found tickets for $300 Round Trip.

-What to do in London-

Spend time in this incredible city full of history and culture for three days. You could honestly spend weeks, months, and even years in this city and still not see everything. With only three days in London, I recommend using my London Itinerary Guide and selecting your 3 favorite days. I suggest following Day 1: London’s Main Sites, Day 4: Ancient History, and Day 6: Harry Potter (if you’re into that, and why wouldn’t you be?!).

You can use this interactive map of my favorite London itinerary to help you plan this part of your Europe trip to London:

If you’re taking kids on this Europe trip, be sure to read my awesome list of things to do in London with kids. And if you’re looking for an itinerary that’s a little bit different and you’re a Paddington Bear fan, be sure to read Paddington’s Guide to London…it’s adorable!

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Second Stop Day 4-6: Paris

-How to Get from London to Paris-

The best way to get from London to Paris is to take the Eurostar. Taking the Eurostar from London to Paris is the easiest and quickest way to get from city to city. I love that this train, that goes under the English Channel takes you from one city center to another. Flying is fine, but getting between the airports and the cities can be a huge pain. Even if the Eurostar costs a little bit more, be sure to add the cost of trains or taxis from the airport into your flight costs. You can book your Eurostar tickets through ACP Rail International. I use them all the time and they are trustworthy.

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-What to do in Paris-

Your next three days will be spent in the city of Light! With so many things to do in Paris, narrowing down where to go and what to do can be challenging. I’ve narrowed down my favorite sites and activities that you can easily see in three days. I recommend, of course, going up the Eiffel Tower, and also seeing it sparkle at night, dining on some delicious French food, visiting all the parks you can, climbing up to Montmartre, visiting Notre Dame, and as many museums as you can fit in.

For a more extensive guide to Paris, follow my Paris Walking Guide. And if you’re visiting Paris with kids, be sure to read my Family Guide to Paris. Be sure to eat all the good food you can by following my Paris Food Guide. This is my favorite hotel in Paris.

Here is an interactive map of Paris

If you don’t want to spend all three days in Paris and are feeling like getting away from the big city, rent a car and take one of these amazing day trips from Paris. 

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Paris Itinerary
Paris with Kids
Paris Food Guide
Day Trips From Paris

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Third Stop Day 7-10: Rome

-How to Get from Paris to Rome-

My favorite way to get from Paris to Rome is to take the overnight train. It’s about a 14-hour train ride with a quick train change in Milan. If you wanted to spend more time in Milan or even a day in Lake Como (one of my favorite places in the world), you could take the overnight and take the train to Rome the following day.

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-What to do in Rome-

Rome is such a beauty! Another city that deserves more than a few days, but you can definitely make your time here count. You can read my guide to One Day in Rome or my Family Guide to Rome. I highly suggest doing a Vespa Tour and a Food Tour in while you’re in Rome. Airbnb and TripAdvisor have some great tours. Be sure to see the Colosseum, Pantheon, and eat all the gelato, pasta, and pizza you can!

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How to Survive Train Travel in Italy
Best Places to Visit in Italy

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Fourth Stop Day 11-14: Greece

-How to Get from Rome to Greece-

Spend the last few days of your Europe trip relaxing on the beach in Greece. My all-time favorite island in Greece is Kefalonia.  It’s got everything to offer for your first taste of Greece. Kefalonia is an easy flight from Rome and an easy flight back to London if you’re flying home through there. Ryanair offers amazing deals within Europe and flies to Kefalonia regularly.

-What to do in Kefalonia-

Kefalonia, Greece has so much to offer including friendly locals, inexpensive lodging, stunning scenery, incredible history, beautiful beaches, fabulous weather, and tasty food. Kefalonia is easily drivable, and I suggest you visit the whole island, taking in all of the sites and trying all the local food you can. There are plenty of great lodging options on the island from resorts to Airbnbs. Read my Guide to Kefalonia, Greece to learn all about this amazing island.

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How to Fly for Cheap or Nearly Free

I hope you have an amazing time on this two week itinerary of Europe! If you have any questions, suggestions, or just a story to share, please get in touch on Facebook or Instagram.

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23 cheap destinations in 2020 with great weather in November

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AmsterdamIf you have a flexible schedule, or if you just happen to have some time off in November, you are in luck. This is honestly the best month of the year for finding cheap destinations that also have fantastic weather. Since most people don’t start their winter travel until mid or late December, it means crowds are small and hotel prices are low through huge sections of the travel world. Those wondering where to go on holiday in November have many great choices at bargain prices, although airfare may cost a bit.

Of course in November you can pretty much forget about Europe if you want warm weather and little chance of rain. Fortunately you can go almost anywhere in Latin America and through many parts of Southeast Asia on a cheap flight, and you’ll be in the sun with shockingly low prices, easily making the flight duration and cost worthwhile. The best holiday destinations in November are found all over the world, which you’ll see on the list below.

This article was updated in October, 2020.

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Important November 2020 Holidays

  • November 1 – All Saints’ Day (major public holiday in most European countries)
  • November 5 – Guy Fawkes Night in England (celebrations)
  • November 10 – Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday (major public holiday in some Muslim countries)
  • November 11 – Armistice Day in France (major public holiday)
  • November 15 – Sinterklaas arrives in Amsterdam (family celebrations)
  • November 17 – Velvet Revolution Anniversary in Czechia (major public holiday)
  • November 26 – Thanksgiving Day in the USA (major public holiday)

COVID-19 situation

As of the July, 2020 edit of this article, the COVID-19 situation is pretty bad through most of the world. Many travel destinations on the list below are closed to those from outside of the regions, but quite a few are now getting ready to accept visitors. Needless to say, you’ll want to check the most current information for any destination before you book.

Where to go during COVID19?

Those looking for a winter getaway from the United States or Canada will be happy to know that they’ve got many great options for sunshine trips during the pandemic, including many of the destinations on the list below.

>>>Best places to go during COVID19 for Americans and Canadians (updated at least weekly)

The Americas

The rainy season is still finishing during November in Central America, but a bit north and south of that it’s dry enough to make visiting very worthwhile. Better yet, it’s still low season for hotels in most places even though the weather has gotten nice. Latin America is filled with excellent bargain choices and it has some of the best places to visit in November.

The Caribbean

Negril JamaicaNovember is the final month of the official Atlantic hurricane season, but in reality there are almost no storms by this time, and only weak ones when they do appear. For this reason you can book with confidence and take advantage of the low rates and the fact that many people ignore the Caribbean until Christmas.

If you are mainly just looking to relax, you’ve found the perfect place, with warm weather and amazing off-season deals. The all-inclusive resorts tend to be much cheaper in the long run, although they do make it more difficult to experience the local culture and explore the whole island. If you don’t care about leaving the resort and you want the best all-inclusive value in the Caribbean, head straight to Punta Cana, which is mentioned just below.


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Cancun, Mexico

  • November avg high: 85°F/29°C
  • November avg low: 73°F/23°C
  • November avg precip: 5.2″/13cm

EgyptBy the time November rolls around, Cancun has pretty much perfect weather for anyone. The heat of summer and early autumn has turned into a tropical warmth that is usually accompanied by pleasant breezes so it’s lovely all day and all evening. The peak season doesn’t start until late December so this is the perfect time to visit when rates are still nearly at their summer lows.

Cancun is at the north end of the Riviera Maya, which also includes the island of Cozumel, so this is a huge area with over a thousand hotels to choose from. All that competition keeps prices down until the high season begins, so November is still a buyer’s market. There are even ruins nearby and other cultural opportunities, so it’s not all about sitting on the beach here. If you prefer a high-rise hotel overlooking a beach then stay in Cancun itself, but if you prefer to stay in a friendly town with many restaurant and shopping choices then head to Playa del Carmen, just a bit to the south, instead.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$57 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$90 per night for two people

>>>Check current Cancun resort and package deals

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

  • November avg high: 86°F/30°C
  • November avg low: 74°F/23°C
  • November avg precip: 2.4″/6.0cm

LondonIn November you can find excellent resort deals all over the Dominican Republic, but Punta Cana is typically the first choice, especially if you are looking for an all-inclusive resort with all the luxury extras at a great price. The resort is actually a collection of little beach areas on the eastern tip of the island, so it’s very secluded and well away from some of the confusion closer to the capital city.

The same resort that charges US$300 per night in January will usually go for US$200 per night in November, especially earlier in the month. And this goes for all-inclusive resorts as well, which start at US$116 per night for two people in the low season when we last looked. If your main goal is relaxation in a perfect climate, Punta Cana is probably the best value in the entire hemisphere. And if you are wondering where to go in November for a beach all-inclusive then this is your best choice. If you want an affordable all-inclusive vacation and want to go somewhere else, check your options for the best Dominican Republic alternatives.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$50 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$142 per night for two people

>>>Check current Punta Cana resort and package deals

Montego Bay, Jamaica

  • November avg high: 87°F/31°C
  • November avg low: 75°F/24°C
  • November avg precip: 2.0″/5.0cm

MoroccoMontego Bay is home to one of the Caribbean’s busiest airports in addition to a few hundred hotels and resorts, so it’s an ideal destination for even a shorter getaway in November. The rainy season is over but the busy holiday peak season doesn’t begin until just before Christmas, so the weather is perfect and hotel prices are still very low. Flights should be cheap from most hub cities as well, so even a long weekend is within reach for budget travelers this month.

More good news comes with the fact that there are two other great resort areas that are each about 90 minutes by shuttle from Montego Bay Airport, so you can almost as easily reach Ocho Rios or Negril, both of which have a different vibe that you might prefer. Bargain hunters will also find pretty amazing prices at the all-inclusive resorts, particularly those in Montego Bay and Ocho Rios. If you prefer a quiet beach area lined with smaller hotels, restaurants, and bars, then head to Negril.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$81 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$225 per night for two people

>>>Check current Montego Bay resort and package deals

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

  • November avg high: 90°F/32°C
  • November avg low: 68°F/20°C
  • November avg precip: 0.8″/2.0cm

north americaAnyone in the western half of the US or Canada will probably get a shorter and cheaper flight to Puerto Vallarta than to any of the Caribbean destinations above. The November weather in Puerto Vallarta is pretty much perfect and usually dry, and yet crowds are smaller and hotel prices are lower until Christmas itself. Mexico is, of course, one of the hot countries in November, in more ways than one.

One of the best things about Puerto Vallarta is that, unlike most of the Caribbean destinations, this is a real historic town rather than a purpose-built resort community. That means that there are small and authentic (and cheap) restaurants catering primarily to locals, so you get a much more authentic experience if you prefer one. The hotel zone close to the airport is modern and posh, but you are a short taxi ride away from the lovely center of town.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$32 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$53 per night for two people

>>>Check current Puerto Vallarta resort and package deals

Cartagena, Colombia

  • November avg high: 86°F/30°C
  • November avg low: 78°F/26°C
  • November avg precip: 5.3″/13.3cm

northern EuropeThe rainy season in Cartagena winds down by early November, so this is an ideal time to come, especially toward the end of the month if you can get cheap airfare before and/or after Thanksgiving. The temperatures are pretty much the same here every day of the year, so the key is to work around the autumn rainy season to when it’s dry but before hotels fill up.

Hotel prices remain low through all of November for the most part, so you’ll have a good shot at deals at 3-star and above beach resorts that are trying to fill rooms during the slow season. Even if you are paying near the high season rates the hotels and everything else are bargains here compared to almost anywhere else. Cartagena is one of the cheapest places to travel in November on a beach, and you’ll get less rain as the month goes on.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$76 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$91 per night for two people

>>>Cartagena prices
>>>Check current Cartagena hotel and package deals

Cusco, Peru

  • November avg high: 69°F/21°C
  • November avg low: 45°F/7°C
  • November avg precip: 1.8″/4.5cm

ParisWhile it’s true that it might be a stretch to call Cusco’s November weather “great,” this is perhaps the best month of the year to visit, and the weather is quite good anyway. The high season for hotels in Cusco ends in October, yet the rainy season doesn’t begin until late December, so November is that perfect combination of small crowds, low prices, and very good weather.

Those wanting to hike to Machu Picchu will also find this to be an ideal month, since getting in a group will be easy even without much advance notice. The train to Machu Picchu is expensive year round, and reservations should be easier to get the day before this time of the year. Hotels are always cheap in Cusco so you can afford to get something nicer than you are used to this month.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$55 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$81 per night for two people

>>>Cusco prices
>>>7-day Peru Guided Tour – Inca Trail Express

Mexico City, Mexico

  • November avg high: 71°F/22°C
  • November avg low: 46°F/8°C
  • November avg precip: 0.5″/1.3cm

ReservationsThe rainy season in Mexico City is completely over by the time November rolls in, so this is the perfect month for a visit. The weather will be warm, although evenings will be chilly – something you might not expect at this latitude. And best of all, hotel prices are at or near their lowest in November as well.

Since flights to Mexico City from the US and Canada are usually quite cheap this time of year as well, this could be a perfect short cultural holiday. This city has great shopping, dining, and nightlife, and the central historic and tourist districts are far safer than most people would expect. There are ruins just out of town as well, so a bit of everything is available.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$46 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$57 per night for two people

>>>Mexico City prices
>>>Check current Mexico City hotel and package deals

Santiago, Chile

  • November avg high: 78°F/26°C
  • November avg low: 50°F/10°C
  • November avg precip: 0.4″/1.0cm

Rio de Janeiro hotelFor anyone considering a multi-destination South American trip in November, Santiago should definitely be considered. The daytime temperatures should be pleasant and warm, and it’s bone-dry all summer, so it’s a great combination. Hotels in Santiago don’t have their peak price season until New Year’s, so in November you’ll easily be able to find a very good rate at one of the nicer places.

While Santiago itself may not be worth a long flight from the US or Canada, it’s a great stop along the way to Valparaiso or the adventure cities in the Andes. You can pick up culture and even beach weather in Santiago, and then some summer sports or other activities on another stop.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$77 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$126 per night for two people

>>>Santiago prices
>>>Check current Santiago hotel and package deals

Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • November avg high: 78°F/26°C
  • November avg low: 61°F/16°C
  • November avg precip: 4.3″/10.8cm

SpainHotels in Buenos Aires are starting to reach their summer peak prices in November, especially toward the end of the month, but still they are a fantastic bargain by European or North American standards. The weather in November is also pretty much perfect, and while there’s always a threat of rain in BA, it’s mostly an indoor city so it shouldn’t be too much of an inconvenience.

Overall this is a perfect time of year to visit almost anywhere in Argentina. When December arrives things really start filling up and all the locals are on their own holidays, so November is the ideal mix of great weather that isn’t too steamy, and modest crowds and prices. With Argentina’s recent inflation and currency devaluation, it can be hard to know how expensive this trip will be, but for most people it will be cheaper than in recent years. This is an excellent destination in general, though also one where you’ll want to check the news and the exchange rate before you start locking in plans. Chances are it’ll be strangely cheap.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$48 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$63 per night for two people

>>>Buenos Aires prices
>>>Check current Buenos Aires hotel and package deals

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • November avg high: 86°F/30°C
  • November avg low: 70°F/21°C
  • November avg precip: 3.5″/8.8cm

travel budgetsThe truth is, Rio de Janeiro will make this list for at least 8 months of the year, as the weather is always pretty good and the prices are still reasonable compared to Europe and North America. November is still well into the sweet spot, as the high season for hotels doesn’t begin until December. This means bargains are often available at some of the luxury places along the beach, which won’t be true again until April.

The Brazilian currency has been falling in recent years, and if this trend continues then Rio de Janeiro will be squarely back into the bargain category. It’s certainly not as cheap as it used to be, but for the amazing beaches and scenery it’s easily worth it as long as you plan well and stay safe. In fact, Rio has some of the best beaches in November anywhere in the world, and a vibrant city right next to them.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$48 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$63 per night for two people

>>>Rio de Janeiro prices
>>>Check current Rio de Janeiro hotel and package deals

Europe

From November through February there are literally no European cities that could qualify as having “great weather.” We list Tenerife below because it’s technically in Europe, although not really much of a cultural destination. Antalya, Turkey (which technically isn’t even in Europe), has the closest thing to a sunny climate with acceptable temperatures. So during the winter Europe is all about cultural tourism, and lower hotel prices make it especially appealing for those who like to stretch their travel budgets and avoid crowds at the same time.

If you are thinking about a city break instead you should check out our recommended cheap London hotels, our recommended cheap Paris hotels, and our recommended cheap Amsterdam hotels.

If you are coming to Europe for sure this month you should check our list of the best Europe destinations in November.

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

  • November avg high: 75°F/23°C
  • November avg low: 65°F/18°C
  • November avg precip: 1.1″/2.7cm

TurkeyIf you want to do a cultural trip to Europe in November it’s actually a good month because crowds are small and many attractions are indoor anyway. But if you want perfect weather, you really have to fly to off the coast of Africa to Tenerife, which is the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands.

This is a very good month to visit because the weather continues to be perfect here, while the largest crowds from northern Europe haven’t quite started arriving yet. So finding an affordable hotel or apartment rental should be easy, and the restaurants and bars are always reasonably priced. If you want to be among other English speakers you’ll want to focus on the southwest area of the island around Los Cristianos and Playa de la America.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$42 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$61 per night for two people

>>>Tenerife prices
>>>Check current Tenerife hotel deals

Africa

November is ideal in much of Africa, though Morocco might be a bit too cool by this time. The list below is quite incomplete due to how few cities we cover in the region.

Cairo, Egypt

  • November avg high: 79°F/26°C
  • November avg low: 57°F/14°C
  • November avg precip: 0.1″/0.3cm

AfricaCairo is yet another city that enjoys a perfect combination of ideal weather, smaller crowds, and lower prices in November. The high season for hotels doesn’t begin until late December, so bargains will be easy to find, especially at some of the posh places that are struggling to fill rooms this month.

Interestingly, December though February do get a bit cool in Cairo, so it’s not a great winter break, but in November it’s still pleasantly warm and bone-dry so you can enjoy the outdoors for long periods of time. If you don’t mind staying in a locally-owned hotel you can save a lot of money and see some old-world charm at the same time. Reservations in advance aren’t necessary, but it’s best to book your first couple of days just to avoid all the confusion once you arrive. It’s important to note that Cairo (and Egypt in general) are places where you’ll want to check recent news reports before you book, as there have been a few incidents over the years.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$19 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$48 per night for two people

>>>Cairo prices
>>>Check current Cairo hotel deals

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

  • November average high: 81°F/27°C
  • November average low: 66°F/19°C
  • November avg precip: 0.1″/0.2cm

AmsterdamAs of 2016, not many foreigners seem willing to holiday in Egypt, although many are still coming. Those who make the trip will be rewarded by incredibly low prices and smaller crowds than usual. The weather in November is absolutely perfect, with warm days and mild nights in Sharm el-Sheikh.

This Red Sea resort is the largest of its kind and it had been incredibly popular with Europeans for many years. Keep an eye on the news and as long as your friends and relatives aren’t the type who get hysterical over such things, this is a resort to consider for excellent value and flawless November weather.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$36 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$40 per night for two people

>>>Sharm el-Sheikh prices
>>>Check current Sharm el-Sheikh hotel and package deals

Cape Town, South Africa

  • November avg high: 74°F/23°C
  • November avg low: 56°F/13°C
  • November avg precip: 0.6″/1.5cm

CairoSimilar to so many on this list, Cape Town begins its busy season in the second half of December, so November is ideal in that the weather is nearly perfect and you don’t have to worry about high-season crowds or prices. This is a city that has things available at almost any price level. Many of the hotels cater to the 4-star resort crowd, but there are also plenty of hostels and cheap hotels so backpacker-types should be able to get by on a low budget.

Many who visit Cape Town are on a tour of South Africa, including stops in Durban plus a bit of safari action. All of this is ideal in November as crowds really pick up the following month, as do prices.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$43 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$107 per night for two people

>>>Cape Town prices
>>>Check South Africa tour prices

Asia

November is a tricky month for Asia. Nearly all of notoriously cheap Southeast Asia is having its final month of heavy rains, while cities to the north are already quite cool. There are still a few really good ones left over though.

>>>15 Best destinations in Asia in November

Boracay Island, Philippines

  • November average high: 84°F/29°C
  • November average low: 75°F/24°C
  • November avg precip: 8.9″/23.3cm

Canary IslandsNovember can be an ideal month to visit Boracay Island, even though you’ll probably see a few quick rainstorms each week. This stunning and laid-back island is in the Tropics, so you can get a quick cloudburst a few times a week this time of year, but they are easy to avoid and the sunsets that form as the clouds are leaving again are often so gorgeous that it’s all worth it.

Best of all, the big crowds don’t start showing up until December, so you can find very nice hotels on or within a few steps of the beach at very appealing rates. The food and drinks are always quite affordable here, so if you can get a fairly cheap flight you can have an excellent island holiday for a very modest price.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$60 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$68 per night for two people

>>>Boracay prices
>>>Check Boracay resort deals

Goa, India

  • November avg high: 90°F/32°C
  • November avg low: 72°F/22°C
  • November avg precip: 1.3″/3.3cm

EgyptLike so many others on this list, Goa is completely done with its harsh rainy season by the time November begins, yet crowds don’t really start showing up in earnest until mid December. If you have the time off then you’d be very happy just finding a cheap hotel in one of Goa’s beach towns and just chilling the whole month in great weather and with minimal crowds.

If you book a resort hotel from home you’ll probably think Goa hotel prices are much higher than you were expecting, but if you book a family-run place once you arrive you’ll still find fantastic bargains. It’s probably wise to book a few nights online before you get to India, because it can be incredibly confusing at first. After that you might be able to find a similar place for half the price by just checking around the same area.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$47 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$83 per night for two people

>>>Goa prices
>>>Check current Goa hotel deals

Pokhara, Nepal

  • November avg high: 70°F/21°C
  • November avg low: 48°F/9°C
  • November avg precip: 0.1″/0.3cm

LondonNovember is the last of Pokhara’s four high-season tourist months of the year, and as the month comes to a close you can even find some bargains and smaller crowds. The daytime temperatures are warm enough for trekking very comfortably in the valley, but you’ll still need winter gear for the multi-day treks into the Annapurnas.

Even though November is one of the busy months in Pokhara, they’ve built so many new hotels in the past few years that finding a room – even at a decent price – should always be possible. The high-season rates are still very cheap by almost anyone else’s standards, and food and drinks are always very affordable, but if you look around a bit you’ll be able to do even better.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$24 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$88 per night for two people

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

  • November avg high: 86°F/30°C
  • November avg low: 66°F/19°C
  • November avg precip: 2.1″/5.3cm

MoroccoIt would be hard to beat Chiang Mai for its combination of great November weather and low prices. Even though it’s officially the start of the high season for hotels, the beginning of the month is usually very slow anyway, so bargains are common. Hotels in Chiang Mai are among the best bargains in the entire world, so even if you do have to pay full price for a room it’ll be cheaper than a dorm bed in most European cities.

The rainy season is over so it’s an ideal time to base yourself in Chiang Mai for some outdoor activities in the area. There are temples like crazy in the city center between the old walls, but even more interesting ones in the area just around Chiang Mai. There’s also great trekking and such, available quite affordably from any travel agency in the city.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$34 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$35 per night for two people

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Luang Prabang, Laos

  • November avg high: 84°F/29°C
  • November avg low: 64°F/18°C
  • November avg precip: 1.1″/2.8cm

north americaLuang Prabang is yet another lovely city in Southeast Asia that climbs out of its rainy season lull in November, with nearly perfect weather and almost no storms to worry about. This can be a deceiving place for budget travelers because many of the hotels here are of the boutique variety, and finding the cheap places can be a bit of a challenge.

Still, this is a perfect time of year to find bargains, as the full-on busy season doesn’t begin until mid December. You might have to stay a few blocks off the main tourist strip if you are looking for something in a backpacker price range, but fortunately there are still plenty of very cheap restaurants and bars all over the city if you scan the menus carefully.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$35 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$54 per night for two people

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Bangkok, Thailand

  • November avg high: 89°F/32°C
  • November avg low: 74°F/23°C
  • November avg precip: 1.9″/4.8cm

northern EuropeWith the rainy season over as November begins, Bangkok transforms into a much easier place to deal with. The staggering humidity lowers and visitors don’t have to worry about running for cover when a storm breaks out, but it’s also the beginning of the high season for hotels, so finding a bargain is suddenly a bit tougher as well.

Fortunately, Bangkok remains very cheap by almost anyone’s standards. If you want to splash down for a nice 3-star room then it’ll be half the price of a similar room in Europe or the US, and if you are fine with something more basic then you can find a room for next to nothing, even in the fun Khaosan Road backpacker district. Street meals for around a dollar are always there too, so you’ll be able to afford a bit more for a room anyway.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$21 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$72 per night for two people

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Siem Reap, Cambodia

  • November avg high: 87°F/31°C
  • November avg low: 72°F/22°C
  • November avg precip: 3.2″/8.0cm

ParisThe rainy season usually ends early in November in Siem Reap, and the tail end of it is rarely fierce, so this is an ideal month to hang out in town and spend multiple days at Angkor Wat. November is actually the coolest month of the year, by just a bit, at least during the days, so most people will appreciate more moderate temperatures when climbing up and over all the temples.

The high season hotel prices will start in November as well, but crowds are usually thin for most of the month so you should be able to get some nice bargains at some of the nicer places that allow online booking. When they see that they have lots of empty rooms as the month approaches, they’ll discount to be on par with some of the 2-star places that aren’t nearly as nice.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$35 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$60 per night for two people

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Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

  • November avg high: 87°F/30°C
  • November avg low: 78°F/26°C
  • November avg precip: 6.1″/15.3cm

ReservationsYou can expect some short and hard rainshowers in Bali starting in the middle of November, but they tend to be over in 30 minutes or less so they are quite easy to avoid. And the first part of November will be fairly dry, so it’s an excellent time to visit for those lucky enough to have time off.

The traffic in Bali makes sightseeing notoriously challenging in June through August, but November is less crowded so it’s a good time to come and spend a day in Ubud or even take a tour of the towns along the northern shore. In fact, if you want to avoid the huge Kuta crowds altogether you should consider basing yourself in the Lovina area of the north shore. It’s as lovely and charming as the whole island was 20 years ago, but that may not last.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$35 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$56 per night for two people

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Middle East

November is getting cool and even a bit rainy in most of the Middle East. An exception is Dubai and Abu Dhabi, which both have perfect sunny weather. However, Abu Dhabi doesn’t make this list because it’s not really cheap enough for the cut.

Dubai, UAE

  • November avg high: 87°F/31°C
  • November avg low: 68°F/20°C
  • November avg precip: 0.1″/0.3cm

Rio de Janeiro hotelDubai has pretty much perfect weather in November, and this is really the first month since April when it’s not scorching here. Fortunately, the crowds are also light because most people wait until Christmas to start traveling to warmer places. Dubai can be incredibly expensive if you have a big budget, but it doesn’t have to be. You can get good deals on non-chain hotels and even apartment hotels this month, and if you skip the hotel restaurants and the fancier places in malls, you can eat well on a modest budget here.

Another reason to consider Dubai is that the busy airport has cheap non-stop flights coming in from almost every major airport in Europe and Asia. As a result it’s popular to book long weekend trips of 3 or 4 days to Dubai, where you can enjoy some sunshine and shopping before flying back home where it gets colder by the day. You might also consider stopping for a few days in Dubai and then moving onto somewhere else with cheap direct flights such as the Maldives.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$51 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$69 per night for two people

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