22 Cheap destinations in 2021 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. That said, the best places to visit in October are spread around the world.

This article was updated in June, 2021.

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Important October 2021 Holidays

  • September 18 to October 3 – Oktoberfest in Munich (canceled for 2021)
  • October 1 to 7 – China National Day and Golden Week (major public holidays)
  • October 2 – Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday in India (major public holiday)
  • October 3 – German Unity Day (major public holiday)
  • October 5 – Republic Day in Portugal (major public holiday)
  • October 11 – Thanksgiving in Canada (major public holiday)
  • October 12 – Spanish National Day (major public holiday)
  • October 18 and 19 – Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday (major public holiday in some Muslim countries)
  • October 23 – Republic Day in Hungary (major public holiday)
  • October 28 – Ohi Day in Greece (major public holiday)
  • October 29 – Republic Day in Turkey (major public holiday)

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. Still, it's probably worth getting trip-cancellation insurance if you aren't up for the small gamble.


Cancun, Mexico

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

October 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.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$57 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$109 per night for two people

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Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

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

As 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. If you are wondering where to go in October for a cheap all-inclusive, look no further.

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.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$70 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$104 per night for two people

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Montego Bay, Jamaica

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

Similar 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.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$79 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$214 per night for two people

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Mexico City, Mexico

  • October avg high: 72°F/22°C
  • October avg low: 50°F/10°C
  • 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.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$46 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$60 per night for two people

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • October avg high: 73°F/23°C
  • October avg low: 55°F/13°C
  • 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.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$58 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$72 per night for two people

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • October avg high: 82°F/28°C
  • October avg low: 68°F/20°C
  • 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.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$73 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$94 per night for two people

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New Orleans, USA

  • October avg high: 80°F/27°C
  • October avg low: 60°F/16°C
  • 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.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$94 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US182$ per night for two people

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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: 68°F/20°C
  • October avg low: 54°F/12°C
  • 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. Tourism to Turkey has been down in the last few years even though it continues to be safe, so hotel bargains are easier to find these days.

With the Turkish currency having fallen for the last few years, the entire country is a huge bargain. Istanbul is its most expensive city and most visitors will find it to be surprisingly affordable these days. Other cities in Turkey are even cheaper.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$44 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$59 per night for two people

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Antalya, Turkey

  • October avg high: 81°F/27°C
  • October avg low: 59°F/15°C
  • 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. As with Istanbul (above), tourism is down and the currency is low, so finding bargains is easier than ever.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$23 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$37 per night for two people

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Lisbon, Portugal

  • October avg high: 72°F/22°C
  • October avg low: 58°F/14°C
  • 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.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$52 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$84 per night for two people

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Athens, Greece

  • October avg high: 74°F/23°C
  • October avg low: 56°F/13°C
  • 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.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$60 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$78 per night for two people

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Split, Croatia

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

Split 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.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$45 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$91 per night for two people

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Barcelona, Spain

  • October avg high: 71°F/22°C
  • October avg low: 55°F/13°C
  • 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.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$97 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$133 per night for two people

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Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

  • October avg high: 79°F/25°C
  • October avg low: 68°F/20°C
  • 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. You'll find some of the best beaches in October anywhere in the world here, and the weather is pretty much perfect.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$47 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$59 per night for two people

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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: 86°F/30°C
  • October avg low: 64°F/18°C
  • 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.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$21 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$50 per night for two people

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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

By 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. This is one of the hottest places in October and it's worth some research because it's generally very safe.

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$18 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$40 per night for two people

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Fez, Morocco

  • October avg high: 75°F/24°C
  • October avg low: 55°F/13°C
  • 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.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$30 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$64 per night for two people

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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.

>>>New: 15 best Asia destinations in October

Pokhara, Nepal

  • October avg high: 75°F/24°C
  • October avg low: 59°F/15°C
  • 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.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$25 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$88 per night for two people

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Goa, India

  • October avg high: 89°F/31°C
  • October avg low: 72°F/22°C
  • 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.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$31 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$79 per night for two people

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Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

  • October avg high: 86°F/30°C
  • October avg low: 77°F/25°C
  • 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. Bali is one of the best places to go in October as long as you do your research.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$23 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$50 per night for two people

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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: 80°F/27°C
  • October avg low: 58°F/14°C
  • 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.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$57 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$83 per night for two people

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Beirut, Lebanon

  • October avg high: 80°F/27°C
  • October avg low: 68°F/20°C
  • 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.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$50 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$62 per night for two people

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79 Responses to “22 Cheap destinations in 2021 with great weather in October”

Claude Rossman says:

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

Mia says:

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

    Roger Wade says:


    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..

    Roger Wade says:


    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…


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?

    Roger Wade says:


    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?

    Roger Wade says:


    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.

        Roger Wade says:


        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

    Roger Wade says:


    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?

    Roger Wade says:


    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?

    Roger Wade says:


    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

    Roger Wade says:


    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?

    Roger Wade says:


    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

Tmas says:

Hello Roger
We live in California and promise ourselves at daylight savings we will get to somewhere sunny and affordable, this is the year we do it! We’re currently planning a thailand_vietnam trip for December “first time” so we would like somewhere a little geographically different, closer. If you had any advice on either trips we’d appreciate it.

I should’ve noted that we are in our mid 40s but young hearted, active and don’t mind being around a younger crowd)

Thank you

    Roger Wade says:


    I’m not exactly sure what you are asking. I think a Vietnam and Thailand trip would be excellent. The flight is long, of course, but those flights from California are also fairly cheap, and once you get there everything is very affordable and exotic.

    If you are looking for something sunny and different from California that is also closer you might think about Central America, which is tropical and warm all year round. Costa Rica is the best first stop for most visitors because it has a very good infrastructure and it’s very safe. Panama is another very good choice for those who haven’t traveled the area before. You could even go to Colombia, with Cartagena being the being the best first stop. Let me know if you have any questions about any of this and I’ll be happy to help more. -Roger

Fran says:

My husband & I are active but recently retired. We would like to travel from Western Canada to Asia or Africa or New Zealand for the month of October. Weather-wise, what would be our best option? We love nature & exploring but are not beach people.

    Roger Wade says:


    October is a cool month in New Zealand, but it’s still warm enough to enjoy and the crowds are much thinner as well. Since you aren’t much for beaches it could be an ideal spot because New Zealand has amazing scenery in many different types, but not a lot of popular beaches. The typical and best way to see the country is to rent a camper van and drive around one island and then take the ferry to the other to explore the rest. Especially in October, you could get a pretty good deal on a camper van and it’s an economical way to see the country.

    Africa is obviously an enormous continent, but most of it has very little tourist infrastructure. Morocco is the best place in the north for a visit like you have in mind, and October is a very good weather month there. The other main option is South Africa, and October is quite good in Cape Town as well.

    Some parts of Asia are very rainy in October, including Phuket and Bangkok, but other parts of Asia are dry and lovely. I’d be curious what parts of Asia you were considering, and I’ll be happy to offer advice based on that. -Roger

Giorgia says:

Love this post and would like to have some advice for my holidays.
I have two weeks available, last of september and first of october. I was planning to go to Vietnam or Cambodia but apparently it’s not the right time to go there because it’s the wet season. Then thinking about Sri Lanka, or Carribeans, or central or South America. I am looking for a beach holiday away from tourist traps, wild landacapes and enjoyable weather! Obviously the cheaper, the better. Don’tAny advice? Thanks a lot!



    If we are looking for the cheapest beach option, it would help to know your starting location. You list places all over the world, and as you probably know, you can spend a LOT of money on airfare to get to a place that is cheap, and then the trip isn’t very cheap anymore.

    Without factoring in the airfare, you might consider the Canary Islands. They have very nice beach weather pretty much all year round, and it’s quite cheap for what you get as well. Tenerife is the largest and easiest for English speakers. There are also parts of the Caribbean that don’t get much rain even during the wet season.

    Have a look at our recent list of the cheapest all inclusive destinations in or near Europe. Even if you don’t want to go to an all inclusive resort, you will find some interesting destination options on there, and most of them are absurdly cheap. I’m happy to try again if you let me know your starting location and if none of these suggestions works for you. -Roger

Maxine says:

Hey Roger….thanks for all the advice. My daughter who is in her mid twenties and I are planning to go someplace warm for my 60th Birthday, the first week of October. We would like to go someplace with beaches and hopefully with some recreational kayaking involved, we hike and love to explore the local culture ….can you suggest places that are safe for 2 women traveling by themselves.



    It helps to know your starting point for this trip, but usually when someone doesn’t mention it it means they are in the US. If that’s the case, then the Caribbean would probably be the obvious choice. In October it’s technically part of the hurricane season, but there really isn’t much risk to travelers because they are very rare and they know about them at least 5 days before they might arrive. That’s plenty of time to get everyone out. Personally, I’ve been to the Caribbean many times between June and November, partly because it’s less crowded and room rates are lower. But some people here “hurricane season” and assume that means that it’s 50/50 that they’ll get hit by a hurricane.

    If you are interested in going to the Caribbean then I can recommend San Juan, Puerto Rico as a wonderful and safe place that also has culture and lovely architecture in the Old San Juan area. And the beaches right in San Juan are excellent. I think all of the islands and especially the smaller ones have kayaking and paddle-boarding and such.

    The ABC islands, as they are known, are so far south that they haven’t been near a hurricane in 50 or more years. They are Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao. The problem is that they don’t have a lot of sandy beaches, although they do have good snorkeling.

    Another option that I like a lot would be Playa del Carmen or even Cozumel, which is a short ferry ride across the bay. Playa del Carmen is on the mainland and just south of Cancun, so the hurricane danger there is zero because it’s easy to leave on the highway in the very unlikely occurrence of a big storm. Those two places are very safe because they are packed with tourists all the time and security is something they take serious. They are also a LONG way from any troubles in Mexico.

    Those are a few ideas. Let me know if you have any questions or had something else in mind. -Roger

Maxine says:

Thanks Rodger, appreciate your input, it all sounds good. We are actually in Canada, in BC so would leave from Vancouver (sorry about that). My daughter has done Playa before…so someplace different for her would be good…..I had thought about Arbua and i wonder if San Juan is a busy city? I traveled through Greece for 3 months when i was younger and I really enjoyed the small towns and people…. What do you know about Jamaica? Also we could go for a week to 2 weeks…is there a standard time frame we should be looking at? Do you know if it is difficult to find AirB&B type places, in areas such as this? Wondering about all-inclusive versus, airb&b? Love your blog….thanks for your help,



    San Juan, Puerto Rico has some busy areas, but the main tourist districts such as Condado (very close to Old San Juan) are fairly mellow and the beach is excellent. You could get quite a good deal on an airbnb there that time of year, because many people have apartments there that they rent out much of the year. I’m a big fan of San Juan, though I guess not everyone might be. There are other towns in Puerto Rico that you might also like, though I haven’t spent much time in any of them. Rincon is another one that could work for you. You should be able to find a good airbnb that time of year regardless of how long you want to stay.

    But again, there are many other islands to choose from, and the smaller ones might suit you even better. They are typically more expensive though.

    Jamaica is an interesting place, and it seems that at least half the people who go there vow to never go back. Unfortunately, it’s a place where local vendors and merchants often are mercilessly aggressive.

    I’d say for up to a week an all-inclusive resort might be great, but not for longer than that. Those places, as you probably know, are designed to mostly keep guests on site the whole stay, except for a few daytime excursions that you buy from them. They mostly feature a fabulous buffet at every meal, but that gets old for many people in less than a week. Since it sounds like you are also interested in a bit of culture, you don’t get much of that at an all-inclusive resort. In Puerto Rico or another Caribbean island (excluding the Dominican Republic) you can visit little beachfront restaurants and shops and get to know the real place to some degree. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Kimberly says:

Roger, my 50th birthday is the end of October; my husband and I live in Phoenix Arizona… Hot hot hot! Looking to honestly take our first vacation in 20 years of marriage. And really do not know where to go. I enjoyed hearing about Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Puerto Veallarta, etc. Would love some relaxing and romance time but also with the ability to do some sightseeing… What would you recommend?



    I lived in north Scottsdale for 5 years, so I know exactly what you are going through. The puzzling thing to me is that late October is when it’s very nice again in Phoenix, but you list places that will be much hotter. Since you mention those places I’ll assume that’s the sort of thing you are after. Unfortunately, October is the height of the rainy season in Costa Rica as well as the Cancun area, so I wouldn’t recommend those.

    But October is the beginning of the dry season in Puerto Vallarta, and the rains in Puerto Rico are manageable even that time of year. Even then, being in Phoenix you can fly nonstop to Puerto Vallarta in about 2.5 hours, and it would take you MUCH longer to get to Puerto Rico. In other words, I think Puerto Vallarta is probably exactly what you are looking for. Unlike some other Mexican resort towns, Puerto Vallarta has been a real town for over 150 years so it has history and interesting sights, not to mention some really interesting downtown neighborhoods. The “Romantic Zone” is nice and close to the city center, even if that name is a fairly new marketing device. Then the hotel zone closer to the airport has many large chain hotels along the beach, and it’s easy to get back and forth from there as well.

    There are nearby places where you can see how tequila is made and taste them like a wine tasting (highly recommended). And there are some good natural sights as well. The beaches are better outside of the city center than in it. And almost every high-rise hotel has lovely sunset views. I think you’ll like it a lot and the weather should be great for you, with crowds pretty light as well. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Nadiya says:

Hello Roger,

Great page! Thank you for all your hard work. My boyfriend and I travel annually in mid October for my birthday, this will be our last year traveling in October, so we may pick a different month next year. We’ve been to Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and Aruba. We are on a tighter budget this year and trying to figure out where to go. We both prefer warm weather and beaches. We are traveling from Washington, DC. I was thinking Mexico or Hawaii but I think the flights to Hawaii are just too pricey. Any help would be greatly appreciated 🙂 (He travels a lot and has been to Trinidad, DR, and Egypt all this year so he wouldn’t want to repeat those destinations)




    If you are looking for something warm in October with beaches, you’ve got quite a few options. Hawaii is obviously fantastic, but even if you can afford the flight you’ll be paying double or triple for hotels and food once you get there compared to many nice places in the Caribbean. October is the rainiest month by far in the Cancun area with Playa del Carmen and Cozumel, but by October it’s already starting to dry off in Puerto Vallarta so that’s what I’d recommend. Flights should be cheaper than going to Hawaii, and hotels should be quite cheap because October is still a low-season month even with great weather.

    One thing I love about Puerto Vallarta is that it’s got a fairly large and cool town at its heart, which is something you don’t get in Jamaica, for example. Puerto Vallarta is a bit like San Juan, Puerto Rico, in that it’s got very good beaches and many great restaurants and such. You can get hotels close to the airport in the Hotel Zone that are all big chains and right on the beach, or a smaller boutique place in or near the town center or the so-called Romantic Zone. Almost every place in the Caribbean or Central America is pretty wet in October, so PV really stands out as a good choice for you. I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

rebecca says:

Hi Rodger, great blog! I was wondering if you could help? I am currently living in Melbourne and my mum is in the UK. I am flying back to the UK but my mum would like to meet me somewhere on the way back from Australia. It will be in mid October. We would like somewhere hot. We was thinking Asia or India but know it is wet season in a long of places. Any suggestions? We have been to Bali and Dubai. Thanks



    Thank you. Interestingly enough, I’m doing a couple of new series on the site, and the most recent article in one is the best places to go in Asia in October. I discuss the October weather averages for 15 places, many of which don’t get much rain that month. India is mostly done with its heavy rains by October, so you’ve got a few good options there.

    Also, if you enjoyed Dubai you might also consider Abu Dhabi. It’s obviously similar in some ways, but quite different in others. It’s much more compact and walkable, as opposed to Dubai which is ludicrously spread out. If you can get cheap flights on Emirates, it might be enjoyable and easy. Hopefully those ideas help a bit. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Angela says:

Hi Roger. This is a great article. I’m in Southern California and usually take a trip for my birthday in October, usually between the 12th and 20th. This will be my first year leaving the country and after reading this article and the comments, I am leaning towards Mexico. You mentioned in the article that a lot of people stay away from all-inclusive resorts. Is there any particular reason for this? I am considering all-inclusive for this trip because it seems like the best option money-wise…



    I agree that all-inclusive resorts are often amazing value, especially for those of us who like a drink or three in the evening. I’m not sure the comment you are referring to, but I’d say the main downside to all-inclusive resorts is that they are essentially designed to keep you within their walls from the moment you arrive until the moment you are headed back to the airport. In other words, you get virtually no sense of culture or other benefits of travel. In your case if you are mainly just looking for a place to relax and enjoy the nice weather on a beach with abundant food choices and unlimited drinks, I think an all-inclusive resort is an excellent idea.

    So my personal stance on all-inclusive resorts is that they are perfect for many people and a poor choice for others, including solo travelers in most cases. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Akwai says:

Hi Roger, what destinations might you suggest in early October for a woman (me) and her two boys (8 & 10) that is not excessively far from No. California? We love beaches and would enjoy somewhere safe and easy to get around in, with lots of interesting cultural things to see and do. We have about 7-10 days total for this trip, interested in international but may be open to US as well. Thank you!



    My first thought is Puerto Vallarta, which is still untouched by the problems that some other regions of Mexico has. October is after their rainy season so you’ll have great weather (maybe with a quick shower or two), and they’ve got great beaches. There are some day trips you can do from there up and down the coast and a few things inland a bit, but most people stay in the main Puerto Vallarta area. One very nice thing about PV is that at its heart is an actual historic town with interesting architecture and local shops, unlike more purpose-built resort areas such as Cancun or Los Cabos. And there are nice hotel districts on both sides of the town center.

    October is a challenge for beaches near California because all of Central America is in their rainy season then. The weather in Hawaii will be pretty much perfect, and there are plenty of non-stop flights from Northern California. It’s not cheap, although October is one of the cheaper months. And you can get a decent deal on a condo rental there and save on all the restaurant meals and such. There are “cultural” things in Hawaii relating to the traditional Hawaiian population, although they are quite different from what you may have in mind. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Loraine says:

Hello Roger,
Great information! My hubby and I are in CT, planning a short (5 day) vacation for the third week of October for our 25th wedding anniversary. I am torn between Aruba, St. Martin or maybe even the gulf coast of Florida. We want a relaxing beach vacation. I prefer not to be on a plane for too long since we don’t have a full week, but if Aruba is that much better weather-wise for that time, then I would do the longer plane trip. Your input would be appreciated. Many thanks!



    This is a tricky topic, and made even trickier by the fact that Hurricane Irma is currently making its way through the Caribbean. My understanding is that big storms hit Aruba only every 100 years or so, which makes sense when you look at the map and follow the storm patterns. They typically start way out in the Atlantic and then move away from the equator. And in the case of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao, a storm would have to enter the Caribbean and then turn back south towards the equator, and that is very uncommon.

    The one thing you can say about Florida is that it’s very easy to evacuate with all the major highways, and you always have around a week’s notice as the storm gets closer (or farther away). Even with all of that, tourists seem to be safe everywhere, and there is always a very tiny chance that you might have to be evacuated. Personally, I’d probably take my chances with St. Maarten as long as it gets through Irma okay, but other people are less willing to risk even a tiny chance at being inconvenienced. I’m not sure if this even helps you. Regardless, I would wait until Irma moves through before I’d lock anything in. This one looks serious and the scene might look different after it’s gone. -Roger

Daphne says:

Hi Roger
I’m based out of Southern Germany. I was wondering if you had any ideas for where to travel solo for two weeks in mid October. I was hoping to get away from the crowds and big city hustle. On my list were Tanzania, Jamaica etc, I’d like to explore and get to know locals. Perhaps finish off with a couple of days in an all inclusive resort. I’d appreciate any advice.



    I haven’t made it to Tanzania yet, but I have done lots of research as I helped run a website (with an expert) on Kilimanjaro. It sounds like a fairly challenging place for a solo traveler, but I don’t think it’s too dangerous if you stick mainly to the popular tourist cities and avoid spending time in Nairobi on the way. But I really can’t help you with much confidence on that one.

    As for Jamaica, I really wouldn’t recommend it for a solo traveler. The problem is that it’s one of those countries where the shopkeepers and roaming vendors will hassle you mercilessly, trying to guilt you into a purchase. There are other places like that and maybe you’ve visited one before. Especially as a solo traveler, it’s hard to avoid them and it can be disheartening. Everyone speaks English though, and that at least makes it easy to talk to people if you don’t know Spanish.

    The place nearby that I would recommend instead would be Playa del Carmen, Mexico. It’s a lovely town just a bit south of Cancun. It’s relaxed and very touristy, but in a fun way. There are great sights nearby such as Tulum and Chichen Itza, and there are many good-value all-inclusive resorts just outside of town. Because they are such a popular tourist destination, English is widely spoken so it’s pretty easy to get around and chat with people. You should be able to get a fairly cheap flight into Cancun, and then it’s just a one-hour shuttle ride to Playa del Carmen.

    Sorry I couldn’t be of more help on Tanzania, and I’m happy to answer other questions if you have them. -Roger

Chantalle says:

Hi Roger,

I’m from Holland and looking for a (female) solo backpack destination where I can spend my 2,5 week holiday in October. I love to travel around, spend some time in the sun and if possible learn how to surf! I was thinking about Bali, but with the vulcano that might errupt today or tomorrow I’m looking for a backup plan. Do you have any suggestions?




    This is a tough one. As you’ve probably discovered, most of southern Asia is in peak rainy season in October. Most of the year the rainstorms only last 30 minutes or so, but in October you can get rain for full days at times. The same is true in most of Central America as well.

    Your Bali plan would be ideal if not for the possible volcano eruption. They are saying that the danger zone is only a small part of the center of the island, but still I think I’d avoid it too because if they have an eruption then many bus routes and such could be closed for some time. The best part of the island in my opinion is around Lovina, which is north of the volcano, and that might get cut off because the main road goes just west of the peak.

    You just don’t have a lot of good sunshine holiday choices in October for backpacking. You could try Brazil or Argentina or both of them. Aside from those, I think your best choices are the ones on the list in the article above. Sorry I couldn’t help more. -Roger

Jeffrey says:

Hey Roger,

My wife and I would like to travel to Switzerland at the end of October for our honeymoon. We will have about 10-12 days at our destination and will probably be flying into Geneva before taking a train to a more remote location that still has cafes and some attractions, perhaps a castle or two to tour. Do you have any recommendations for us? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!



    First off it’s probably worth at least scanning my main article on where to go in Switzerland. The country isn’t really known for castles in the way that many of its neighbors are. Switzerland is mostly about the amazing Alpine scenery and its lakes including Lucerne and Geneva. The cities aren’t as filled with sights as most of the neighboring countries either. I’m happy to help more, and hopefully that article will help you at least get started with a plan. -Roger

Roxy says:

Hi roger my fiance and I have been looking at honeymoon destinations. We are getting married at the end of October 2018 and looking to travel at the end of Oct 28 thru the beginning of November. We have looked into the Dominican republic and Tahiti. Any great recommendations for 2 very overworked newlyweds looking to relax but still want some great excursions. Just dont want our honeymoon ruined by too much rainfall since we are traveling in October to November.



    October is a tricky month for sunshine holidays, as you’ve noticed. Many of the most popular islands and tropical destinations have the potential for heavy rain in that month, so booking is a bit of a gamble. Personally, I lived in Miami a couple years ago and I would book to those places on short notice as long as the weather was looking decent, but for a honeymoon you don’t have that luxury.

    The good news is that October isn’t particularly rainy in Tahiti and French Polynesia, so that could be a great choice. The rainfall in the South Pacific tends to come in quick bursts almost all year round, so it’s rare that it’s rainy all day or for days at a time. Often you’ll get a shower overnight, and also often you’ll get a 15 minute cloud burst in the late afternoon. And I actually prefer Moorea to Tahiti, and it’s a short ferry ride or super short flight from Tahiti. Moorea is a more beautiful island and it feels more like paradise. Bora Bora is a little farther and it’s also a wonderful place, although a bit more expensive. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Robin says:

Hello Roger,
I will be traveling Las Vegas for my bday the last weekend in October, but would love to add a tropical destination with great beaches from Vegas. I would love your recommendation for a location.



    If you want something fairly close to Las Vegas I would go either with Los Cabos or Puerto Vallarta. By the end of October both of those should be done with their rainy season so you’ll get good weather but still with off-season prices. And the flight should be fairly cheap as well. -Roger

aditya says:

hi roger..i am planning to travel for a enjoying trip.7 days trip with wife and without any thing else like work n all.i will travel from india.any suggestion in reasonable price. asian country or anything else



    October is a tricky month in Asia, as you know, because so many places have heavy rains. The best of the cheaper places are on the list above, but I also have a newer list of the best places to go in Asia in October that has 15 options. I put all of my best recommendations and the reasons why October is a good month on that list and I think it will help you narrow it down a bit. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Aditya says:

thanks for great suggestion.it really help me to shortlist places.what are your best suggestions for other than asia with good budget for 7 days trip. please suggest.



    What part of the world are you interested in? For a trip of only 7 days you probably wouldn’t want to fly halfway around the world because that takes a full day in each direction. I’m happy to help if you give me more clues as to what you want. -Roger

R. Husak says:

Everyone commented so I guess I will too. I live in st.Louis, work for an airline and have been given tickets to anyplace American airlines flys!! My girlfriend and I have Oct 22-29 off to travel. Live adventure, activity,no crowds and cant decide where to go. We cant get to New Zealand. Still thinking about Australia, rome, Barcelona. Where would you go if the sky were the limit!! Thanks


    R. Husak,

    I think your suggestions of Australia, Rome, or Barcelona are all very good ones. I think late October is a great time to go to southern Europe because it’s still decent weather and the crowds are thin so hotel prices are pretty low as well. If you haven’t been to either I think Rome is more interesting than Barcelona, and you could even do Rome for 3 days then a train to Florence for 3 days and then a train to Venice for one day before flying out of Venice or taking a train back to the Rome airport.

    Obviously it’s spring in the southern hemisphere, but Sydney and Melbourne have pretty good weather then. You might also consider Buenos Aires and/or Rio de Janerio. I hope this helps and let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

leila says:

Hi Roger,
Fantastic article. Myself, my sister and a friend were planning on going to Seoul this October. We have been looking at flights for months and the prices are either extremely cheap for suspect airlines or charging First Class Prices for Economy seats. We decided to maybe switch gears and go somewhere else that would get us there cheaper and give us more bang for our buck. We would be leaving from NYC and have wiggle room between October 19th and November 2nd. We all would prefer somewhere not cold and that allows us to make use of public transportation ie. subway,train and/ or bus.
Thank youfor any help



    Thank you. First off, I wonder about those suspect airlines. I went to Seoul for the first time last year and then to four different places in mainland China. I flew Singapore from LAX to Seoul, but after that I flew China Southern and a couple other Chinese airlines the rest of the way and I was very impressed by the service. There are cheap Russian airlines and maybe from a few other countries where I would at least look up the data and reviews before booking, but I would happily fly the major Chinese airlines if they offer really good fares. Still, Seoul will be getting a bit chilly in late October and there are plenty of other great options over there.

    As you’ve discovered, most major destinations in Asia are having their rainy season in October. I think my top choice of places with good weather would be Bali, which couldn’t be more different from Seoul. It’s slightly below the equator so it’s warm every day of the year, and in late October you’d probably only get a couple of short rainstorms in a week. It’s also low season there so you get even better value than normal. As long as you don’t spend too much time in the Kuta Beach area (always packed with partying Australians), then Bali is really a wonderful destination with great hotels starting well under US$100 per night.

    If you are thinking more of a city vacation then I would consider Lisbon, Madrid, and Barcelona as great choices, especially from NYC. October is ideal in those places as long as you don’t plan on sunbathing because the summer crowds have thinned out and yet it’s still pleasantly warm. Let me know if any of these ideas sound good and I’m happy to help more, or if I’m off base let me know and I’ll try again. -Roger

leila says:

Hi Roger,
Thanks for your response. Very helpful. It seems like the Chinese airlines are okay when leaving from mainland China, but a different story when leavin^ America. The ratings are low across the board. It would be my third time going to Seoul, but my friend’s first time and trying not to sour the experience right out the gate. I will pass on these suggestions though. Will let you know what we decide.

Thanks again

ADITYA says:

hey roger.15-20 oct. trip for dubai and abu dhabi. is is be ok to be there at that time. how will weather .suggest me.max 7 days trip



    October in Dubai and Abu Dhabi should be very nice as the summer heat has cooled off to the point that you can actually spend time outside, especially in the mornings and evenings. I’m not sure what else you are asking for. -Roger

Jessica says:

Hi, Rogar Wade
It’s amazing article in in my eyes. Thanks for giving effective information. There are much more information that i needed. I have a question this is, Information of this weather, Is it accurate?



    We get the weather estimates from the most official sources we could, so they should be pretty accurate. That said, they are averages and the actual weather can obviously be a bit warmer or cooler or wetter or dryer. -Roger

David says:

How come you say nothing about Israel?
It have a great weather in October
Lots of stuff to see and lots of things to do!



    I used to list Tel Aviv on some of these lists, but it’s actually become too expensive to qualify as a “cheap destination” for these lists. The focus of these lists is to point out places that are affordable once you get there, and some people pointed out that Tel Aviv doesn’t really fit by that standard. It’s a gray area so maybe I’ll add it back for the next year edition. Thank you for mentioning it. -Roger

Crly says:

Hello Roger I’m a little confused I’m reading the comments/suggestions for hot dry weather with beaches in October (I’ll be traveling around the 8-17) and at the top of the page it has Cancun listed although it says it’s rainy season it should still be dry most of the day (23 hrs it says ) but in the suggestions for Mexico you suggest Puerto Vallarta this time of year for hot dry area with nice beaches HELP? I do not mind all inclusives I want nice hot dry weather with sandy beaches , swimming pools , good food , maybe a couple of jet skis or quads we can always book an interesting tour or trip into the nearby town. Thank-You so much this info is so helpful. We are looking to go to Mexico for convenience from Seattle area unless you’ve got another suggestion.



    Both Cancun and Puerto Vallarta are pretty good places in October, as long as you realize that there will probably be the occasional downpour on many afternoons, especially in Cancun. The room rates reflect the off-season status so you can get a better resort for less money than in, say, January.

    Personally, I prefer Puerto Vallarta to Cancun by a bit, although I also really like Playa del Carmen and I’ve been hearing great things about Tulum’s recent growth spurt. I need to add Puerto Vallarta to this list because October tends to be fairly dry so the weather is pretty much perfect. And as a resident of Seattle you are aware that Pacific storms are extremely rare, at least compared to Caribbean storms.

    And being honest, those places are fairly interchangeable. People mostly go there to enjoy the weather and a specific hotel and beach. And of course on the west coast you get gorgeous sunsets, which is another point in its favor. For me it’s mostly about getting there. From Seattle it should be much cheaper and a few hours faster to fly to Puerto Vallarta than Cancun, so I’d head to PV if I were you. I hope this helps. -Roger

Crly says:

Roger Thank-You so much I’m more concerned about having mostly hot dry weather with beautiful beaches than I am with cost as I will only be staying for about 8-9 days and I’ve never been to Mexico that and the ease of getting there of course. I def don’t want the DR. Been to Costa Rica and Cayman Islands. Is there another easy flight (besides Hawaii) place Oct 8-17 that fits this criteria or do you think Puerto Vallarta or Playa del Carmen are prob gonna be fine. Sorry I know it’s a weird time to travel and Thanks again I am looking forward to those sunsets



    Aside from Hawaii, I think Mexico is your only good choice. Once you get into Central America and northern South America, the wet season tends to go until late November or early December. So the places in Mexico with a shorter wet season are almost certainly your best option. -Roger

Sara says:

You didn’t list another Holiday in October 8 – Yom Kippur

Amanda Ah You says:

Hello Roger,
I am originally from the US and have been traveling throughout Europe with my twin 7 year old daughters for the past three months and we are currently in England. As my business is able to be performed remotely and my girls take online classes, I am looking to travel and to stay in different countries for a month at a time from October to May while learning about the various cultures, in warmer climates preferably and as economically as possible. We do not have any restrictions on where to go and was wondering what advice and/or recommendations that you would give in our situation.
Thank you in advance, and I love your articles.



    That sounds like an amazing adventure you and the twins are on. Interestingly enough, I created much of this website on trips like that, with my longest trip being 3 years and 7 months mostly in Asia and Europe. I have “cheap destinations with great weather” articles for every month, so that would be one way to look for good candidates.

    Since you want to go as economically as possible, your best choices are mostly in Asia and Latin America. Since you are already in Europe it would make the most sense to head towards Asia. One slightly tricky thing is that many of the best places for this have their rainy season lasting until late November, so October and November will have fewer choices. I spent over a year in a small tourist town in Turkey, which has a good climate in those months, but Turkey is kind of an odd place at the moment and some people are avoiding it.

    You might consider Dubai for October and November, or at least part of that period. I’d think that you’d be able to find a fairly cheap serviced apartment or Airbnb if you were staying for a month like that. I like the place a lot and it’s quite easy to visit because all of the signs are in English (and Arabic) and almost everyone speaks English. I can help with more information if you need it.

    In November there are some places in India were the rainy season is over or winding down, including in Goa. If you haven’t yet been to India I can give you some advice if you are interested. The main thing about India is that the cities are so insanely crowded that you won’t believe it, so it’s important to focus on small towns and rural areas.

    Starting in December I’d focus on southeast Asia, and Thailand is by far the easiest place to start in and get oriented. Malaysia could also be good although it’s a bit more expensive although still a great bargain. If you haven’t been to Thailand it’s worth starting in Bangkok for at least a few days. I lived there for 3 straight months and it’s pretty overwhelming so most people prefer Chiang Mai or other smaller cities or even the islands. Chiang Mai has chilly evenings in winter, but still rather pleasant. It’s definitely the most popular place in Asia for people working on the internet. It’s incredibly cheap (I spent 3 months there as well) and it’s pretty easy because there are so many foreigners spending a few months at a time there. I can give you more advice on it if you like.

    One last odd thing to know about is that April is actually the hottest month in almost all of southeast Asia and it can be unbearable because it’s always fairly humid as well. I’d probably head elsewhere in Asia or even back to Europe or the Middle East in April. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

Michael says:

Hello Roger,

I’m interested why Puerto Vallarta is not on your list for either September or October. Rain ?




    September is part of the rainy season there, which can be very wet, but October is quite nice so I will add that to the October list now that you’ve reminded me. Thanks! -Roger


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