The 25 best destinations in the world to go on holiday in November, from South Korea’s flourishing capital to the Canadian hinterland
Winter has officially arrived in the UK, which means getting up and going home in the dark, usually in the pelting rain, no winter coat on earth a match for the season’s creeping damp. It’s almost NHS-prescribed, then, that you go on holiday if you’re to survive until the sunlight finally peeps through again around March. Happily, the Caribbean is basking in a mellow, pre-Christmas glow, while the rainy season has dried up in East Africa and South-east Asia. And if you want to see how winter is really done, leave behind our soggy isles for epic white-outs in the extreme north and south. We’ve a few tips to help your trip have a positive, sustainable impact, too.
1. LISBON, PORTUGAL
Temperature: 20°C high; 12°C low
Travel time from UK: 2hours 45minutes
Time difference: GMT +0
As most of mainland Europe shivers, Portugal remains enviably mild: Lisbon’s average November temperature is 18°C. Of course, it’s not just the weather that makes this cobbled capital so alluring: now ranking among Europe’s coolest city breaks, it’s a hive of high-end but refreshingly affordable restaurants, raucous hole-in-the-wall bars and covetable concept stores (not to mention those cute, canary-yellow vintage trams). Make time to explore neighbourhood of the moment Cais do Sodré, a formerly sketchy part of town that now has a spruced-up riverfront promenade, cool warehouse conversions and fab food stalls at Time Out-curated Mercado da Ribeira. HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS IN NOVEMBER
Sustainable travel tip: It’s just a hop, a skip and a sleeper train to reach the Portuguese capital without setting foot on a plane. After taking the Eurostar from London to Paris (2.5 hours), catch a high-speed TGV train from Gare Montparnasse to Hendaye, on the border with Spain (4.5 hours). From here, take the Sud Express sleeper overnight (some cabins have private showers), arriving in Lisbon around 7.30am.
2. SAYULITA, MEXICO
Temperature: 33°C high; 20°C low
Travel time from UK: 15 hours
Time difference: GMT -5
Join the Gypset in this Pacific coast surf town, where brightly painted design boutiques and vintage surfboard shops rub up against al pastor stands and street eats sold from wheelbarrows. Less glam than Tulum, but much hipper than resort-y Puerto Vallarta further south, it’s an easy-breezy scene, more catching waves and afternoon Margaritas than yoga and cold-pressed juice. An absence of major hotels, in favour of hippie-chic guesthouses (Casa Love and Petit Hotel Hafa are favourites), gives the impression of a best-kept secret – but, come Christmas, Sayulita is packed. Nip in just before peak season, though, and not only have the summer rain and humidity finally eased off, but it’s the best time for whale watching, too.
Sustainable travel tip: Consider staying in Sayulita’s quieter neighbour, San Pancho. The small hotels here are closely tied to the community. Tailwind Jungle Lodge, for example, hosts community events, donates to sustainable development in the area and promotes local businesses to guests – and it’s just a 30-minute drive to Sayulita for a day’s surfing. HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS IN NOVEMBER
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