Best WARM places to visit in October/November

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1. Posted by mrb430 (Budding Member 19 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

My husband and I retired in the US in April, sold all of our property and belongings, and have begun world travels. We hate being cold and so are planning our travels to coincide with hitting countries in their warmer months. Would love your suggestions on good, warm destinations for October and November.

Currently we are living in Baja, Mexico. From here we travel to Colombia, Panama, and Roatan (Honduras) for Spring (Feb-April), then onto Morocco, Spain, and Portugal (May-July) for early Summer. We are thinking of exploring Britain in (August-September). Then we want to head to Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia in Winter (December-April) so we need to figure out good places for October and November. By the way, any feedback or suggestions on these places we are planning for would be welcome, too.

You will notice these are mostly countries familiar to US tourists like ourselves. We are trying to expand our vision to other, less familiar places but need your help. Australia? Africa? South Pacific?

A few details about us to help frame your suggestions. We travel light using carry-on backpacks so our carrying capacity for more than two seasons of clothing is limited. We are adventurous but not yet confident enough for truly exotic or seriously off the beaten track places. We do not have unlimited resources but are fortunate enough to not need to stay in the cheapest place or limit our airline travel. We're not big on group tours but will do them to visit places we are unsure about doing on our own such as Morocco.

Really looking forward to your help and suggestions!

2. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 592 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Most of South East Asia wet season usually ends in October, and even then in Thailand October can be an hour or so of torrential rain per day then clear sky, however it's still hot.
It's certainly over in November (well maybe the odd day with a shower) and much cheaper than the high season months of December and January.
It can get cold (well a bit chilly) in Northern Thailand and Northern Vietnam in December-January.
Then Thailand usually becomes excruciatingly hot in April/may.

Or you could add the Philippines/Borneo/Indonesia in to your tour.

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Dec-2018, at 13:47 by Andrew Mack ]

3. Posted by mrb430 (Budding Member 19 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Thanks so much for the response. Maybe we’ll think about going earlier. Does Vietnam have a high season in Dec/Jan too or mostly just Thailand? Would you have particular places you’d recommend in Philippines/Borneo/Indonesia? Thanks again.

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2157 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Laos and Myanmar (Burma) are two more close to Thailand.

Often in some of the Asian countries you visit there could be shared tours you can sign up for in person. When you arrive at your hotel ask if they have a tour desk. Usually not the big buses but smaller passenger vans that can hold 7-9 people. (Cheaper than a private tour just for only you and spouse.)

For each country you have an interest in take the time to research your visa requirements. Some countries may require PROOF OF ONWARD TRAVEL. This means a plane ticket out of the country within a specified amount of time.

From Thailand you can easily get to nearby countries that share borders.

A long time ago I was in Kenya and Sri Lanka. Both are warm places.

Have more than one source of spending money. Do not rely on a single debit or credit card. Always have backups for your backups. Some sort of travel medical - hospital insurance will be helpful because accidents do happen. Each country you visit will have their own currency. For some countries it is hard to unload lesser used currency if you bring it to a different country. When departing one country it might be better off changing that particular country's currency to something more useful or easier to exchange in the next country you visit.

" We travel light using carry-on backpacks so our carrying capacity for more than two seasons of clothing is limited."

A check in bag could be helpful for some of the extra stuff that can be helpful during your trip. Since you have flown before you know there are limits for what you can have in your carry on bags. Most of the time I don't have long wait waiting to claim my baggage anyway. In my check in bag I have my Swiss Army Knife knock off and bread knife for slicing bread for sandwiches or whatever. Larger size shampoo and sunscreen-sunblock lotions too. Also various odds and ends that make a hotel stay a little more easier to take such as extra socks and underwear. But there are some people who wear the same clothes day after day and rarely change underclothes. Sure you can wash your skivves in a hotel room but sometimes they don't dry that fast.

I always have spare shoes in my check in bag. I have big feet and in Asia it is not always easy to find reasonably priced walking shoes or sneakers in my size when what I have is soaking wet or begins to fall apart. (This has happened to me in Indonesia.) My regular walking shoes fell apart when they got soaked after I used them to walk on sharp rocks and probably old coral wading to shore from a boat. My back up cheap pair of sneakers developed a crack. If you have smaller Asian sized feet probably no big deal in Southeast Asia. But for my ginormous feet not an easy job to locate a cheap replacement. If you have tiny Asian sized feet probably no big problem.

This forum has a travel guide information section you can look over.
https://www.travellerspoint.com/guide/

Good luck.

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Dec-2018, at 18:13 by karazyal ]

5. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 846 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

November is nice in Peru - it is their spring.

6. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 647 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Australia in the spring is quite nice though the southern part can be still chilly. Visiting the north part would be ideal and since you are looking to save money travelling in a shoulder season in Australia is the cheapest time you can travel while still having decent weather.

7. Posted by Peter (Admin 6632 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

For anywhere in the southern hemisphere, December is the start of summer so provided you're not going too far south or up tall mountains, it should be pretty warm. The tropical regions are warm all year around and then the question really is how rainy it is. So the simplified answer boils down to tropics / southern hemisphere.

Since Australia is on your radar, consider that the climate changes from northern Australia (hot tropics year round) to the south (temperate climate with seasons and snow in winter in parts). December is a great time of year to visit the more southern parts of Australia. It's usually not as hot as Jan/Feb when it can get really hot, but the warmth and longer days will have arrived.

8. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 796 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

We like South America at that time of year, although I appreciate that would have you zigzagging around a lot! You could consider Chile (the central regions and north, e.g. the Atacama, are warm, although the south can be chilly and damp) or maybe Ecuador. We loved Cuenca in particular - it has some of the best food on the continent and there's a small ex-pat US community so you would feel at home there! Quito is a great base for exploring the surrounding area - you could visit Cotopaxi (OK, it would be cold on the mountain!) but we found the climate a bit more changeable as it's quite high.

9. Posted by Hensku (Budding Member 79 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

There is still warm in (south) Europe too in October if you want to extend your stay in here. In the middle-Europe and in coast of Mediterranean Sea the weather should be nicely over 20 celsius. For example I have visited Hungary and Spain both in October and had good weather, even got sunburned in Budapest (which was do to my own stupidity, i didnt pack a suncream) :)

10. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 592 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Quoting mrb430

Does Vietnam have a high season in Dec/Jan too or mostly just Thailand?

Generally yes all S.E.Asia high season is Dec-Jan as it's the best weather.
Their winter but dry, so it's usually very hot instead of unbearably hot then.
Plus many people in the northern (western) countries like to get away from the cold winter and/or holiday in the heat over Xmas.
But Thailand is especially busy then.

Quoting mrb430

Would you have particular places you’d recommend in Philippines/Borneo/Indonesia? Thanks again.

What interests you?
Are you a scuba diver, beach b*m or Trekker etc?