8 International Vacations That Will Make Your November Unforgettable
Glitzy Dubai is the holiday hotspot of United Arab Emirates. High-rise buildings, shopping malls and outrageous attractions have transformed this desert outpost to the most revered destination for tourists from around the world. Sunshine, seas, deserts, shopping and a lot of fun has positioned Dubai as the destination du-jour. Home to the world’s tallest buildings, biggest shopping malls and largest man-made islands, Dubai is one destination that you can visit time and again. With the days being a little less hot and the nights having a delicious chill to it, this is actually the perfect month to visit this destination.
Top things to see and do: Be on the world’s highest observation platform at the Burj Khalifa; shop till you drop at the Dubai Mall; visit the exotic artificial island of Palm Jumeirah; go crazy at the IMG Worlds Of Adventure; feed the Bollywood fanatic inside you with a visit to the Bollywood Theme Park.
Flight cost: Return airfare from New Delhi starts from ₹12,417 for the month of November.
Daily budget: Daily budget can be anywhere between 400AED to 1,000AED (₹7,000 to ₹18,000) inclusive of stay, local transport, sightseeing and meals.
Colombo is so much more than just a passage to the other destinations in Sri Lanka. The city’s colonial past reflects in the current architectural build of the city, giving it a vibe distinctly different from the rest of the country. It may feel over-populated, but it is rapidly developing into Sri Lanka’s most swanky cosmopolitan. Multiple cafes, art galleries and high-rise modern buildings now adorn Colombo, making it a destination one needs to put on their itinerary. November is actually one of the better months to visit this city as the days are pleasant and the weather is a perfect combination of sunny and windy.
Top things to see and do: Visit the National Museum and be greeted by a 9th-century stone Buddha; have a leisurely time at the Viharamahadevi Park; sample great food at the Dutch Hospital, a colonial-era building in the middle of a fort; shop at the Federation of Self Employees Market; spend the evening at the Galle Face Green, a beach-side promenade.
Flight cost: Round-trip airfare from New Delhi to Colombo in November starts from ₹13,961.
Daily budget: Expect to spend an approximate of ₹3,000 per day, which will include your intracity travel, entertainment and food. Accommodations start as low as ₹1,000 and can go up to ₹15,000 per night.
Splendid mosques, glorious avenues, 19th-century palaces and the pyramids of Giza, await you in Cairo. A city inhabited by more than 22 million people may feel overwhelming, but the residents make up for it with their charm and humour. Cairo has centuries of character and it reflects in every corner of the city. Egyptians call it ‘Umm ad-Dunya’, the Mother of the World, and this city loves exactly like a mother – unconditionally. The dusty streets and polluted air may be underwhelming but the vibe of this city makes up for almost all its drawbacks. Where else can you see an ancient wonder of the world, still standing tall and proud, but in Cairo? And visiting in November is the best because it is right before the swarm of crowds pour in and you can have all the sights to yourself for clicking those perfect Instagram pictures.
Top things to see and do: Be amazed by the Pyramids of Giza; see the half-human, half-lion Sphinx; visit Al-Azhar Mosque, home to the world’s oldest university; learn about the history of not only Egypt but the entire ancient world at the Egyptian Museum, the place that has the most important collection of ancient artefacts; understand ancient Egypt with a trip to the Pharaonic Village; shop till you drop at the local souks in Khan al-Khalili.
Flight cost: Round-trip economy fare from Delhi to Cairo in November start from ₹21,006.
Daily budget: Daily budget can be anywhere between 200 to 1200 EP, Egyptian Pound (₹750 to ₹4,500) inclusive of stay, local transport, sightseeing and meals.
Budapest is a beautiful city and its charm has often led to it being called the ‘Paris of the East’. It remains a popular destination because of its low prices, beautiful architecture, youthful spirit, vibrant nightlife, and history. It has a complex past that has resulted in a beautifully diverse culture, reflected in every corner of the city. The 19th century Chain Bridge, connecting Buda and Pest, the two parts of the city divided by the Danube river, is a great example of the architectural marvels that this city has to offer. Sitting on the banks of Danube, while the sun sets and the city lights up, is one of the most peaceful and beautiful experiences in Europe. In November, Budapest is chilly and has that beautiful wintry glow about it that pulls you closer with each turn you take.
Top things to see and do: Take a dip at the Thermal Baths; grab a glass of local wine at a Hungarian Ruin Bar; walk through the Central Market Hall; trek to Gellert Hill; marvel at the architectural wonder of the Parliament; witness the gory history of World War II at the Jewish Quarter.
Flight cost: Return airfare from Delhi in the month of November starts from ₹32,294.
Daily budget: Average daily expenses can range anywhere between 10,000 Hungarian Forint to 25,000 Hungarian Forint (₹2,500 to ₹6,200) which includes accommodation, sightseeing, meals and transport.
Hong Kong is vibrant, chaotic and populated urban centre that has become a global financial hub. Hong Kong is all about show-stopping skylines, legendary food stalls, and thriving traditions and cultures. Honestly, even a few hours are enough to get one hooked to this amazing city. But what makes visiting it an absolute delight in November are the myriad hiking trails that suddenly present themselves as golden opportunities for the outdoor traveller. The Oxfam Trailwalker is one for the gutsy enthusiasts, where you get an opportunity to cover the MacLehose Trail, a 100km undulating strip that tiptoes along the ridges of the New Territories and descends down to some of Hong Kong’s best beaches. Others can explore the smaller trails such as Dragon’s Back, which opens up to panoramic coastal vistas at 284m-tall Shek O Peak and was named the world’s best urban walk.
Top things to see and do: See the view of the island from Victoria Peak; ride the ferries; take a trip on a junk boat (old Chinese fishing boats); gaze upon the Big Buddha; visit historic Man Mo Temple; enjoy Michelin-starred cuisine; shop from the streets.
Flight cost: Round trip flights from Delhi to Hong Kong in the month of November start from ₹27,366.
Daily budget: Hong Kong is one of the most expensive countries in the world, so expect to spend around HK$450 – HK$1100 (₹3,800 to ₹9,400) which includes local transportation, sight-seeing, daily meals and accommodation.
Kiribati is for travellers and explorers who like an adventure off the tourist trail to places where few have been before. Kiribati will challenge your view of how life should be and show you a less complicated way of living where family and community come first. Situated in the equatorial pacific, the eastern islands offer some of the best fishing opportunities in the world and the western regions of the country give you a glimpse into the Kiribati life and culture. All the islands here are atolls (ring-shaped islands with central lagoons), except for one and out of the 33 islands that make Kiribati, 21 are inhabited. But this stunning paradise nation is slowly sinking under water and 2017 may very well be the last year to visit it. So make the best of this time and go to this gorgeous destination now.
Top things to see and do: Try your hand at fishing; visit the local islands and buy souvenirs still made the traditional way; pay a visit to the World War II historical sites in the capital city of Tarawa; visit the world’s largest marine protected area, Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA); take an exciting island-hopping tour and visit as many as five islands of the archipelago.
Flight cost: There are no direct flights from India, but you can take a flight to Nadi, Fiji Islands and then take one from there to Tarawa, capital of Kiribati. Fiji Airways has two weekly non-stop flights (3 hours) from Nadi to Tarawa. Return airfare from Delhi to Nadi starts from ₹64,937 and then from Nadi to Tarawa cost ₹70,505. Yes, it’s expensive but think about it this way, you will probably be the last travellers to visit this stunning island nation.
Daily budget: Your daily budget here can range from 10AUD to 50AUD (₹500 to ₹2,500) that includes meals, sight-seeing and accommodation.
Where to stay: The George Hotel Kiribati.
From skyscrapers to glowing neon signs, from trendy hip enclaves to iconic structures, New York pulses with an energy that is unmatched. The global capital of fashion, art, entertainment and finance, New York is a city that deserves to be explored. The globally recognised Empire State Building, the iconic Statue of Liberty, the shining Times Square, the historical MET, everything in New York is worth visiting and cherishing. Also, November is a great month to visit the city. The weather is pleasant to get out and hit some of the city’s many attractions or for checking out the colourful fall foliage in Central Park. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and holiday decorations, without the craziness of Christmas, make New York an ideal November vacation spot.
Top things to see and do: Roam the labyrinthine corridors of the colossal Metropolitan Museum of Art; visit the chaotic but thrilling Times Square; go to the top of the Empire State Building; walk the Brooklyn Bridge; visit the Statue of Liberty and gaze at it in awe; chill for an evening at the iconic Central Park; pay your respects at the 9/11 memorial; get lost and then be found at the Grand Central Station; don’t come back without gorging on some delicious New York pizza.
Flight cost: The round-trip flights from New Delhi to New York in the month of November start from ₹62,065.
Daily budget: Average daily costs range between $85 and $228 (₹5,500 and ₹15,000). This generally includes accommodation per night, meals, sightseeing and local transport.
Indonesia has more than 17,000 islands. Yet, when one thinks of travelling to Indonesia, the first place that comes to mind is Bali. So what is it about Bali that stands out and makes it the most popular island of Indonesia? The reason is that Bali can delight every kind of traveller with its beaches, volcanoes, zoos, amusement parks, spas and shopping avenues. The gentle sea breeze coupled with the fervour of evening prayer chants gives Bali a haunting aura that one needs to experience to actually enjoy. Panoramic views, active volcanoes you can actually climb, chilled out beaches where you can party from dusk to dawn and ancient Hindu temples to offer your prayers, Bali has a delightful encounter at every corner.
Top things to see and do: Visit the iconic Tanah Lot Temple; party at Kuta Beach; go for some deep relaxation at a spa in Ubud; enjoy panoramic views of Bali from the top of Uluwatu temple; climb Mt Batur, the active volcano of Bali; admire the 50 shades of green at the Tegallalang rice fields; get up close and personal with monkeys at the Ubud Monkey Forest; enjoy a treat with colourful exotic birds at Bali Bird Park; shop for local handicrafts and souvenirs from the various street markets of Bali.
Flight cost: Return airfare from New Delhi to Bali, in the month of November, starts from ₹22,280.
Daily budget: It can range between Rp 296,899 to Rp 825,760 (₹1,427 to ₹3,970) including accommodation, sightseeing, local transport and meals. However, this average cost can rise high depending on your choice of accommodation and dining, as Bali is known to have some uber-luxurious resorts and exquisite dining options.
The five towns which make up this rugged region of northern Italy, called the Cinque Terre, are a must visit. Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore are the five villages and you can either hike between them or take a train to each of them. Colourful houses, a rustic charm, great food, spellbinding sights and thousands of photo opportunities make Cinque Terre a place that needs to be on your bucket-list. This is where you can truly experience the slower pace of life that Italy is so famous for. With wafts of homely delicacies filling the air, and the ocean breeze gently caressing your hair, how can you not fall in love with this place? And November is relatively crowd-free, with cheaper prices and cool weather.
Top things to see and do: Walk the path carved in the cliffs between Riomaggiore and Manarola, called, in typical Italian fashion, Via dell’Amore (Path of Love); chill at the beach in Monterosso; climb the steps and enjoy a panoramic view of Vernazza; see the Gothic architecture of the church in Corniglia; eat the freshest seafood ever at one of the many harbour side restaurants in Manarola; enjoy the sights and views of Riomaggiore.
Flight cost: Take a flight to Pisa and then a train from Pisa to Cinque Terre. The round-trip air tickets from New Delhi to Pisa in the month of November start from ₹32,088.
Daily budget: The average daily expenses can vary from €52 to €105 (₹4,000 to ₹8,000 ) including accommodation, meals and sightseeing.