21 Cheap destinations in 2016 with great weather in October

It shouldn’t be too surprising that October is quite a transitional month in much of the world for weather, with some cities changing quite a bit as the month goes on. There are many fine choices in all regions of the world in October though, so it’s just a matter of zeroing in on the places that should be nice for the whole month. Needless to say, the Tropics are full of hot places in October, and the list below will show which are the ones that are also dry.

The south of Europe has ideal conditions for anyone with some time off, and there are still several places with beach weather for resort types. Asia is a bit spotty, however, since October is very rainy through most of the popular and cheap cities in Southeast Asia.

Prices listed for each city are from our Backpacker Index, which compares cities around the world for the same common budget travel expenses.

This article was updated in July, 2016.

The Americas

Central America is still in the throws of its rainy season in October, but some very nice destinations both north and south of it have very pleasant climates this time of year.

The Caribbean

Punta Cana DRThe Caribbean is an interesting option in October because it’s still warm while everywhere to its north is quickly cooling off. This month marks the last month where hurricanes need to be considered at all, and the risk is still extremely low at any given destination for any given week. But because so many people overestimate the hazards, prices are at their yearly lows all through autumn. Most Caribbean islands are actually quite dry most of the time, so those who don’t get carried away with fear can get fantastic bargains.


Cancun, Mexico

  • October avg high: 88F/31C
  • October avg low: 75F/24C
  • October avg precip: 8.7″/21.8cm

CancunOctober is officially part of the wet season in Cancun, but if you know about tropical “wet seasons” then you know that rain tends to come in short bursts and sometimes that happens overnight. In other words, it will be warm and dry for at least 23 hours of each day in October, yet hotel rates are at their yearly lows because kids are back in school and few people are looking for sunshine trips this month.

Not only can you get a cheap flight into Cancun from most anywhere in October, but resorts charge around half what they were charging only a few months earlier. There are well over 1,000 hotels in this large area, which also includes Playa del Carmen and the nearby island of Cozumel just to the south. Even the all-inclusive resorts are unusually cheap in October, so if you mainly want to relax on a warm beach on your holiday, Cancun could be an ideal and cheap choice.

Well-reviewed 3-star Cancun resorts start at US$55 per night for 2 people in October

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Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

  • October avg high: 89F/32C
  • October avg low: 73F/23C
  • October avg precip: 1.9″/4.8cm

PuertoPlataDRAs you can see above, Puerto Plata has pretty much perfect weather in October, with very little rain on average. October is the last month of the hurricane season that visitors need to keep an eye on, yet being on the northern coast, it’s among the safest places in the Caribbean. The best part is that resort prices continue at jaw-dropping lows all month, so you’ll be able to book a 4-star beach hotel for what you’d expect to pay for a 2-star hotel a couple of blocks inland.

The all-inclusive resorts are also amazing bargains in October for those bold enough to go. Non-stop flights from many cities keep running this time of year, so airfare bargains tend to be easy to find as well.

Well-reviewed 3-star Puerto Plata resorts start at US$54 per night for 2 people in October

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Montego Bay, Jamaica

  • October avg high: 88F/31C
  • October avg low: 76F/24C
  • October avg precip: 3.3″/8.3cm

MontegoBaySimilar to Puerto Plata above, Montego Bay is on the north shore, but quite a bit east on the island of Jamaica. Also similar, Montego Bay has a large and busy airport nearby so the absolute worst case scenario if a major storm approaches is you’ll have to fly home a day or two early. The rest is all great news, as Montego Bay resorts are also near their low prices for the year, in spite of nearly perfect weather most of the time.

Again, the all-inclusive resorts here are bargains worth considering even for those who’d normally shun that sort of thing. The prices in October can be so low that those places are only a bit more expensive than the a la carte resorts, so it can feel like a modestly priced room that comes with unlimited food and drinks for those who time it right. By the way, if you are looking for an all-inclusive resort on a lovely beach then Montego Bay or Ocho Rios are good choices, but if you prefer a small beach hotel with many restaurants and bars nearby, plus a real sense of Jamaica, then you should head to Negril instead.

Well-reviewed 3-star Montego Bay resorts start at US$70 per night for 2 people in October

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Mexico City, Mexico

  • October avg high: 72F/22C
  • October avg low: 50F/10C
  • October avg precip: 2.6″/6.5cm

As the short rainy season winds down in October, Mexico City returns to an ideal climate, with warm days and pleasant evenings. This is also part of the low season for hotels so you’ll be able to find some really good bargains at some of the more upscale places you might not otherwise consider during high season.

Mexico City is enormous and complicated, but the huge central tourist area is very nice and quite sophisticated. It’s more beautiful and interesting than many famous European cities, and it’s also easy to stay safe. Not many people outside the tourist industry speak English though, so if you don’t speak Spanish you’ll want to bring at least a menu translation app on your phone.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$27.60

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • October avg high: 73F/23C
  • October avg low: 55F/13C
  • October avg precip: 4.7″/11.8cm

As spring arrives in Buenos Aires the long season of pleasant weather kicks in, making this a particular bargain for most of the year. There could be a bit of rain to contend with, but BA is more of an indoor city anyway so there will always be plenty of places to pop in for some quick shelter. Daytime temperatures, especially toward the end of the month, are usually glorious.

This city has seen more than its fair share of inflation in recent years, but the currency has also been dropping so it remains a fantastic deal for almost all foreigners. Food and drink deals are easy to find, as are more upscale places that will still be good bargains by international standards. Hotels aren’t at their cheapest in October, but not yet at peak season rates either.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$28.89

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • October avg high: 82F/28C
  • October avg low: 68F/20C
  • October avg precip: 3.1″/7.8cm

The evenings will no longer be cool in Rio de Janeiro as October rolls in, but the weather will still be very nice by almost anyone’s standards. The wet season starts to become a minor factor as well, though it’s unlikely to rain for more than an hour or two at a time, in typical tropical fashion.

Another benefit about October in Rio is that it’s part of the dead zone for hotel prices so you’ll be able to get very good deals this month. This is an ideal season to shop around for big discounts at some of the larger beach hotels, which will often drop prices to come close to the smaller hotels a block or two inland during this month.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$41.19

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New Orleans, USA

  • October avg high: 80F/27C
  • October avg low: 60F/16C
  • October avg precip: 3.1″/7.8cm

October is one of the best few months of the year to visit New Orleans, so schedule a trip if you can. The temperatures cool off considerably so you are likely to be quite comfortable day and night, and this is the single driest month of the year as well, which is helpful in this city that gets more rain than most people expect.

It can be hard to find hotel bargains in New Orleans during October, as the secret about the perfect weather is out, so it’s best to book as far in advance as possible, and perhaps even consider a bunk or a private room in one of the city’s hostels. Aside from the accommodation cost, bargains on food and drinks are pretty easy to find all year round, so this is a great budget destination in general.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$59.90

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Europe

By the time October rolls around, everywhere in Europe that doesn’t border the Mediterranean is getting a bit too chilly to qualify as “great weather” but there are still some very good bargain choices left down south.

Looking for some October beach weather? Check Europe’s cheapest beach cities for at least a few good options this month.

Istanbul, Turkey

  • October avg high: 68F/20C
  • October avg low: 54F/12C
  • October avg precip: 2.8″/7.0cm

While it can get a bit cool toward the end of October in Istanbul, it’s one of the best months to visit the city in general. It’s still warm enough during the way but never sizzling, and rain isn’t much of an issue either. Best of all, the massive summer crowds have thinned out quite a bit and hotel prices have also eased off their summer peaks.

Hotels still can be more expensive than you might think in Istanbul, so it pays to book something early if possible, or even look into the many hostels throughout the city. The most popular tourist districts have prices that compare to Madrid or Barcelona, but at least food can be found at bargain prices if you look around a bit.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$33.78

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Antalya, Turkey

  • October avg high: 81F/27C
  • October avg low: 59F/15C
  • October avg precip: 3.4″/8.5cm

Though it’s not technically in Europe, the resorts around Antalya are probably the best bargain and feature the best weather of anywhere in the region during October. Days will be warm, nights will be pleasant, and rain only factors in toward the end of the month, if at all.

You’ll be able to find great deals at the all-inclusive resorts along the beaches on either side of the main city area, or even better deals at some of the smaller boutique hotels in the heart of the historic district. There are few hostels but hotel prices can be shockingly low if you look around a bit, even at some of the nicer places with great locations.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$25.19

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Lisbon, Portugal

  • October avg high: 72F/22C
  • October avg low: 58F/14C
  • October avg precip: 3.1″/7.8cm

With a longer summer than almost anywhere else in Europe, Lisbon is still quite pleasant even toward the end of October. Days will be warm, nights will be warm enough, and rain is very intermittent. It’s a bit of a shame that Lisbon tends to be more of an indoor city, but there will be plenty of chances to spend time in the sun if that’s what you are after.

Compared to elsewhere in Western Europe Lisbon remains quite a bargain, with hotel rates that can be especially appealing during this time of year. Lisbon is also famous for having several of the highest rated hostels in the world, all with great locations, so you might look into a private room at one of those to save even a bit more money.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$48.48

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Athens, Greece

  • October avg high: 74F/23C
  • October avg low: 56F/13C
  • October avg precip: 2.1″/5.3cm

October is probably the best single month of the year to visit Athens. The temperatures are quite nice all day and all night, and the massive summer crowds are long gone. This is usually a city that people are often anxious to be done with after 2 or 3 days hitting the main sites, but in October you might be tempted to linger a bit more.

The high season for hotels ends at the end of September so some good deals can be found, even at some of the nicer places. Many people like to spend a few days in Athens on their way to or from one of the Greek resort islands, and October is the last month of the year you’ll be able to pull that off as well, as ferry service cuts back to almost zero by the time November arrives.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$51.20

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Split, Croatia

  • October avg high: 68F/20C
  • October avg low: 57F/15C
  • October avg precip: 3.0″/7.5cm

SplitSplit is another one that may not have perfect beach weather in October, but it’s pretty much perfect for a cultural visit, and most of the other tourists will be long gone by this month. Until recently we had Dubrovnik in this slot, but it’s so expensive and overrun with tourists that we highly recommend Split as an even better alternative. The cities are both beautiful and historic, it’s just that Split is more like a real city and it’s also half the price.

While you might not want to plan to spend days working on your tan in Split in October, you can still take one of the ferries to the nearby islands to explore. And the city itself is gorgeous, filled with convivial town squares with outdoor restaurants and bars.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$40.56

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Barcelona, Spain

  • October avg high: 71F/22C
  • October avg low: 55F/13C
  • October avg precip: 3.6″/9.0cm

Through most of October, Barcelona still has its wonderful beach climate, at least during the days, so it can be an ideal stop for an affordable European trip this month. It’s already getting a bit cold in Madrid by this time, though that can actually be a welcome change there after the sizzling summers.

The low season for hotels in Barcelona doesn’t really begin until after Christmas, so you’ll want to look early for the best deal, but it shouldn’t be too challenging to get something at a good price. The food and drinks are generally quite reasonable all year round by European standards, and many attractions are free or very cheap, making this a bargain compared to its northern neighbors.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$62.50

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Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

  • October avg high: 79F/25C
  • October avg low: 68F/20C
  • October avg precip: 0.7″/1.7cm

If you want literally perfect beach weather in Europe, then Tenerife is your best choice in October. Okay, so it’s actually off the coast of Africa, but it’s part of Spain so it’s technically Europe. The largest and most English-speaking of the Canary Islands, this is a place to book a cheap flight to relax in the sun, rather than explore the culture.

October is an ideal month in Tenerife because most of the tourists are elsewhere and yet the weather is just amazing. The restaurants and bars here are dominated by expats and tourists, so you won’t see many exotic options. Los Cristianos is the most interesting town as a former fishing village, but Playa de las Americas is more modern with larger hotels to choose from.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$46.81

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Africa

Northern Africa finally cools off enough in October to be nice. The list below is quite incomplete due to how few cities we cover in the region.

Cairo, Egypt

  • October avg high: 86F/30C
  • October avg low: 64F/18C
  • October avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

After a brutal summer October is an ideal time to visit Cairo, when daytime temperatures are quite pleasant just as the evening temperatures are. There’s also basically zero rain in October ever, so you can leave your umbrella at home.

Better still, hotel prices in Cairo don’t really start climbing until December, so you’ll have your choice of really nice hotels at bargain off-season rates. As long as you look for meals outside the fancy hotels you should be able to get by on a very low budget, but splurging on some nicer meals can be fun as well when prices for them are still quite low by comparison.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$26.12

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Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

  • October average high: 89°F/32°C
  • October average low: 74°F/23°C
  • October avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

SharmelSheikhBy the time October rolls in, it’s officially cold in all of continental Europe. That’s also when travelers start thinking about Sharm el-Sheikh again, because you are guaranteed warm and dry weather every day of the month. This Red Sea beach resort has been very popular at times, and out of favor for security reasons at other times. Unfortunately, a single incident can cause people to avoid it for a year or more, and when that happens it’s even cheaper than usual.

When some tourists are scared to come to this highly secured resort area, you can get some of the best sunshine holiday deals on earth. Even when people feel safe here, it’s incredibly cheap compared to most of the other popular options such as the Caribbean.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$23 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$36 per night for two people

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Fez, Morocco

  • October avg high: 75F/24C
  • October avg low: 55F/13C
  • October avg precip: 2.5″/6.3cm

Things are even warmer in nearby Marrakech, so either one is a good choice in October. The cities have quite a few similarities so many people are better off just choosing one or the other and spending more time there, but those with more time could enjoy visiting both.

Since summers can be brutal this time of year in Northern Africa, the high season for hotels actually begins in October. Still, prices are quite low here compared to Europe so you’ll find something within your budget for sure. Be warned that the lowest rungs on the quality scale might be lower than you are used to, so it could be worth paying a bit more for a nicer place.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$26.92

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Asia

October 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.

Pokhara, Nepal

  • October avg high: 75F/24C
  • October avg low: 59F/15C
  • October avg precip: 2.2″/5.5cm

There’s good news and bad news for those planning to travel to Pokhara (or elsewhere in Nepal) during October. The good news is that it’s one of the 4 months with perfect weather for trekking or just about anything else you might do outdoors, with ideal warm days and almost no rain. The bad news is that everyone else knows this too and schedules their visits for the same 4 months.

Still, prices for just about everything in Pokhara are shockingly cheap compared to most of the rest of the world, so even if you are paying high-season hotel prices you’ll be able to get by on very little. They’ve been building new hotels like crazy in the town as well, so there’s likely to be an oversupply of vacant rooms for years to come. Bargain a bit and you should find a good deal even in October.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$15.44

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Goa, India

  • October avg high: 89F/31C
  • October avg low: 72F/22C
  • October avg precip: 4.6″/11.5cm

October is the first month in Goa where rain isn’t much of an issue, so it’s a perfect time to visit before the masses start arriving in November and December. You can expect warm and sunny days, and pleasant evenings, with only a couple quick downpours each week. But again, the best thing is that the deals are excellent even though the weather is quite good this month.

If you’ve never been to Goa or to India itself, you’ll want to do some research before you book a holiday here. Goa is lovely and far less crowded than most everywhere else in India, yet it can also be frustrating for some newcomers. Also, hotels here come in a wide range of quality, and the absolute cheapest places are that cheap for a reason. It’s better to pay more for a place with good reviews than to chance a super cheap place based on price alone.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$18.02

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Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

  • October avg high: 86F/30C
  • October avg low: 77F/25C
  • October avg precip: 3.6″/9.0cm

The last month before the rainy season really begins in earnest in Bali, October is the perfect time to visit for a balance of fine weather and lighter crowds. Starting in mid September the Australians are going back home so hotel bargains are much easier to find, especially at some of the higher-end places that you might think are out of your price range.

The traffic problem in Bali should ease off a bit in October as well, so it’s one of the better months for those hiring a driver for a tour of sites in different parts of the island. If you head to the smaller towns north of Ubud and on the northern coast you can find much smaller crowds as well.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$29.15

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Middle East

October is quite a nice time for weather in most of the Middle East, so there are more destinations to consider than just the ones we cover here. Some areas do get an early winter starting in November, so this is really ideal for most places.

Amman, Jordan

  • October avg high: 80F/27C
  • October avg low: 58F/14C
  • October avg precip: 0.3″/0.8cm

October is definitely one of the best few months for a visit Amman and to Jordan in general. Daytime temperatures are guaranteed to be reasonable while nights are still warm enough to really enjoy yourself. There’s also pretty much zero chance of any rain this month, so it’s an ideal balance before the slightly chilly months in winter.

Amman is typically just a short stopover for people who are in the country to visit the desert of Wadi Rum and the Petra monuments, but it’s quite a pleasant place if you do a bit of research. Hotel prices are quite reasonable and food is cheap as well as long as you seek out places that aren’t built specifically for English-speaking tourists.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$34.21

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Beirut, Lebanon

  • October avg high: 80F/27C
  • October avg low: 68F/20C
  • October avg precip: 2.4″/6.0cm

Unlike most other cities in the region, Beirut does have a bit of a rainy season during winter, but you might only see a trace of it toward the end of October if at all. Generally this is a great month for weather, with evenings that are still warm enough to leave your pullover in your room.

Hotels aren’t as cheap as you might expect in Beirut, but fortunately October marks the beginning of the low season so bargains should be easy to find, even at the last minute. During low season you might see really good deals at some of the places that would be out of your price range the rest of the year, so shop around.

2016 Backpackers Index: US$39.42

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22 Responses to “21 Cheap destinations in 2016 with great weather in October”

Claude Rossman says:

Looking forward to your list of cheap destinations for February / March. Thanks

 
Mia says:

Hi,
I would like to go at the end of July for 3-4 days to a Caribbean resort for some R&R. I would like the island that has amazing beaches to walk, a fabulous place to stay, I am a 55+ female, single, active, enjoy interesting places to shop and I want to have a beautiful place to stay in. I have never been and people say – St. Barts, St. Johns, Dominican Republic – do you have a suggestion? I am flying out of Nashville, TN Thanks so much

 

    Mia,

    There are about 30 different destination choices in the Caribbean with many differences among them. Of the 3 that you mentioned, St Barts is famously the most expensive (or in the top 2) of all Caribbean islands, while St. Johns is kind of the middle, and the Dominican Republic is famous for great value and larger resorts.

    Here’s an article listing all the main Caribbean islands by price. Each listing shows what the main attractions are as well as how easy they are to reach. I think it will help you pick something out once you see it. Also, for only 3 or 4 days, you probably want to focus on places that have larger airports nearby. Some islands (like St. Barts) are only accessible by 2 flights and sometimes also a ferry ride. Others, like St. Maarten, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic have many more direct flights, including many non-stops. Good luck. -Roger

     
Rhoneeta says:

Hi..ur article really helped me to plan my trip..but would like few suggestions..m planning for a family trip during the month of October or November..M from India and during this time it’s cold here so wana plan out a place where the climate is comfortable especially coz I will carrying my one year old son too along with my entire family..so would be really grateful if you could kindly suggest me some good places..

 

    Rhoneeta,

    Hmmm…this is slightly tricky, as you know, because most of the popular destinations in that general area are having their wettest months around that time. Still, there are some where rain will be a small problem or no problem at all. I’ll mention a few.

    You could go to Bangkok and that area, although probably not until mid October or later to avoid the rains. The same is true for the closer islands, though the wet season lasts longer the farther south you go. So you could go to Phuket, for example, in November, or Kho Samui in late October or later.

    Bangkok is always hot, so for milder temperatures that are more comfortable you could go to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, which is also fairly dry that time of year. It’s also incredibly cheap, and great value for apartment and house rentals. You could even then head over to Luang Prabang in Laos, which is lovely, and also will have nice weather.

    The last one I can think of is Bali, which is just south of the equator, so October and November are really nice there.

    Oh, and just a bit up the price scale, you might also consider Dubai. It will be warm and dry that time of year, and it’s extremely easy to visit with a family because it’s very modern and family-oriented. You can get good deals on apartment hotels there, and as long as you avoid the most touristy restaurants, most other things are pretty cheap there as well.

    I hope this helps. If any of these sound good I can provide more details if you like. -Roger

     
Aaron says:

Hey Roger, I’m is a big fan of the site, and have been for a while. I love these ‘great weather’ posts! After traveling for years, preferable weather definitely begins to play a role when picking the next destination.

I was in Paris last October and the weather was great, but I think I got a little lucky…

Cheers!

 
Jo says:

God article thanks for all the suggestions! We were thinking of a trip to Amalfi coast, specifically Positano and was wondering what your thoughts are pertaining to the weather in October as well as businesses, ferries to Capri still open and running?
Thanks!

 

    Jo,

    I was in Sorrento two Novembers ago, and almost everything was still going as if it were summer. Except, the ferries were done for the season by then, and I’m not sure if they stop at the end of October or the beginning of October. The ferries to Capri were all going, and I believe they go all year round.

    When I was there in November it was too chilly to swim or even sunbathe, but in Positano and Amalfi all the cafes and shops were open and crowded. So October should be fantastic, with still decent weather and smaller crowds than summer. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

     
Ron says:

What about Tel Aviv, Israel? how can you mention Beirut, Amman and Cairo and ignore Tel Aviv?

 

    Ron,

    I used to have Tel Aviv on some of these lists, but it’s actually a bit too expensive to be listed as a “cheap” destination at this point. Thank you for the comment though. -Roger

     
      Ron says:

      I agree it’s not “classic cheap”, but so is Barcelona which is mentioned in the article.
      If you want to do a “cheap Tel Aviv”, you just have to know the right spots eg., beer for 1 pound bars and likes.

      Accommodations are pricey, but with the introduction of airbnb, that’s not an issue anymore other than in London and New York.

      The weather in Tel Aviv in October is significantly better than most places and with airbnb and lowcost flights that keep increasing, it’s a great summer getaway from cold wet Europe.

       

        Ron,

        Thank you for the comment and I hope it spurs at least a few more people to consider Tel Aviv. My challenge is that if I included cities like Tel Aviv, New York City, and London (where I’m currently based) on a list of “cheap cities” and told them they just need to know the secret local places, I’d get blasted by most of the people who read it. And if I leave those places off the list, I get stick for not realizing that they don’t have to be expensive if you know where to go. I’m mainly just trying to give people some choices for destinations with good weather and where it’s pretty easy to find relatively cheap hotel rooms and food and such. Still, I honestly do appreciate this feedback, especially as it’s written to be constructive rather than trollish. -Roger

         
Kia says:

Traveling end of October for my honeymoon. My fiancee and I are planning a trip and not sure where to go. We wanted to do the Caribbean but with hurricane season we are undecided on where to go. We narrowed our options down to Montego Bay and Aruba. The info on Montego Bay was helpful, thank you. Kia

 

    Kia,

    I’m glad the information is helpful. But don’t automatically discount the Caribbean during “hurricane season.” The weather is still great almost all the time, with maybe a quick passing shower now and again. And honestly, there have been so few major storms to go through resort areas in the last 10 years that the chances of your stay being interrupted are way less than 1%. As long as you get travel insurance that will cover an early evacuation or delay in going, you can still save money and be safe.

    Aruba is almost completely out of the hurricane zone, so that could be a good choice. But Montego Bay has a large and busy airport so even if a storm was coming they can get everyone out in plenty of time. Best of luck on this. -Roger

     
Nate says:

Hi Roger, thanks for this information, great stuff here! My fiancée and I were eying Tenerife for a two week honeymoon in mid October, what would you suggest? We love the beach and sun so nice weather is a must, is that a good place for decent weather in October?

 

    Nate,

    The weather in Tenerife will be outstanding during the month of October, so at least you’ve got that. And it’s fantastic value as well. My only concern would be that I’m not sure how it stacks up as a romantic honeymoon destination. I recently spent a whole month there, from mid April to mid May, and I can assure you that it’s extremely pleasant with surprisingly great beaches. However, while I was there it seemed almost exclusively to be retired couples in their 60s and 70s, plus a sprinkling of families. I asked about that and was told that there are different crowds at different times of the year, so I assume that to be true. I’m just not sure I’d plan my own honeymoon there in April or May.

    If you were going in September I might steer you to Santorini or another Greek island, but by mid October you really won’t get many good beach days, if any. The October weather will be a bit cooler than Tenerife if you go to Ibiza or the Costa del Sol/Malaga area in Spain, so those are worth considering.

    Really, as long as you don’t need to be surrounded by young couples, the southwest corner of Tenerife (around Los Americanos) could be ideal, with fantastic weather. I hope this helps, and congratulations. -Roger

     
Crys says:

Hi , I’m considering traveling to Costa Rica during October 12 for 5 days, but looking at the weather report , high chance of thunderstorms, but dismayed. So now we are considering the Amalfi Coast, I would it be a good time
To visit there instead?

 

    Crys,

    The Amalfi Coast would be fantastic in mid October. Most likely it won’t be warm enough to lay on the beach, but it might be, and otherwise it will be very pleasant. That area gets insanely crowded in July and August, and September is nicer. By October, most of the crowds are gone, even though the weather is still very nice.

    The thing about those storms in Costa Rica and elsewhere in the Tropics is they tend to come and go quickly. It’s usually sunny in the morning and then cloudy in the afternoon. Then a storm soaks the place for 30 minutes, and the clouds are mostly gone by sunset. You can get unlucky and have a couple of rainy days in a row, but usually it’s just those quick storms. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

     
Dee says:

Hi Crys. I was thinking about Bermuda, Honduras or St. Maarten for 5 days during the last week in October. Traveling solo to relax. Any suggestions? Thanks. Dee

 

    Dee,

    Those are all quite different destinations, even if you are considering Roatan Island rather than mainland Honduras. I’ve yet to make it to Bermuda, but I do know it’s quite expensive and it wouldn’t be one of my top picks for a solo getaway. St. Maarten is also kind of pricey and more known for couples and family holidays. If you were thinking about Roatan, that would be my choice of the three, as I think it will be the easiest to meet other people since the resorts and activities are more bunched together. If you had somewhere else in Honduras in mind, I’m not so sure so maybe St. Maarten would be the better choice. Have a great trip with whatever you decide. -Roger

     
Susie says:

I am planning a weekend escape to relax before a particularly stressful time for me. I’m looking for warm weather, hopefully a beach, good eats and possibly a nice massage. I was thinking Cancun or Puerto Rico due to cheap, direct flights. But I worry about storms. Any thoughts on how this will be the last week on October? Or should I just stay state-side and go to somewhere like Arizona where there’s no threat of tropical storms?

 

    Susie,

    While it’s true that a hurricane did move through Haiti and a bit through Jamaica and the Dominican Republic a couple weeks ago, that was the first one in many years to inconvenience any tourist. And by late October, any powerful storm is far less likely to appear as the season is almost over. I’ve been all over the Caribbean in autumn, partly because the weather is still pretty much perfect, the crowds are small, and the prices are amazing.

    Honestly, the chances if having to change your plans to Cancun or Puerto Rico, whether flying in later or flying out earlier, are probably 1 in 100 at most. And even when that does happen, they get everyone out of the way with days to spare. Both of those places have large, busy airports, with hundreds of flights each day. And those storms are all tracked a week or more in advance. So personally, I think the fact that some people fear hurricane season is an excellent source of bargains for savvy travelers. And I don’t feel it’s dangerous at all. Some people get trip insurance that would cover a change of plans. Of course, the chance of a storm in Arizona in late October is more like 0.1%, so if you need that degree of safety, then go to Arizona.

    And again, I think it’s a great time to go to the Caribbean in general, but places like Cancun or San Juan that have large and busy airports are the safest. I hope this helps. -Roger

     

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