So thanks to Covid-19 it looks like we will all be missing out on our chance to travel abroad this summer and tick off some more of our bucket list destinations. But before you get down about it, let me tell you that it’s not all doom and gloom, in fact, there are endless advantages to travelling the globe during the autumn season that will get you just as excited!

I know that it seems that as soon as the summer ends the holidays must also, but that just shouldn’t be the way! Yes, it is inarguable that travelling when there is an endless supply of sunshine really does create a wonderful, vibrant atmosphere, but autumn as a season is one that I believe is the most underrated and so often overlooked as the real prime time to visit another country. An autumn dream destination may not have sunshine but let me tell you what it does have…

The unbelievable colours

There is nothing more perfect than an autumn sunset or sunrise and that is a hill I am prepared to die on. The colours are insanely vivid and they cover the entire spectrum, from burnt orange and yellow tones to deep purples and blues.

Every day during the autumn time offers a sky scenery that is never quite the same and yet regardless of this it always seems to be a spectacle you don’t want to miss out on at the start and end of the day. So why not go witness the autumn skies natural phenomena in a new and exotic destination with an incredible horizon or cityscape to accompany it?

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It’s the perfect temperature

A summer trip away obviously has the sun and all its great benefits to offer you but let us not forget the hardship of heat that comes with this luxury. Remember all those summer holidays abroad where you were constantly sweaty? I mean even if you could have showered 20 times a day there would still be no stopping the evitable, we’re just human after all! Or think back to those occasions when you thought you could quite possibly die from dehydration even though you were consuming water by the gallons?
Us Brits are just not made for a warm climate, blame the rain we are accustomed to most days!

On the other end of the scale, there are winter breaks abroad where you spend 80% of your day without any feeling in your fingers and toes. Then when you are wandering outside you are mostly just counting down the footsteps you have to take until you are back in the warm comforts of any indoors.

Thankfully, in autumn these temperature problems cease to exist! The weather is warm enough to still wander and explore the destinations without contracting hypothermia and yet cold enough to provide that little extra cosiness that keeps you perfectly snug whilst wrapped up in a knitted jumper – it’s the dream!

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No crazy queues

When you visit places in autumn, especially the very touristy ones you don’t have to deal with the problem of the entire world jumping on the same bandwagon. For this reason, I would argue that the autumn come down is actually the best time to be going away.

You will not have to suffer through tourist hell with all those endless queues that create a very hectic surrounding for those must-see global attractions. Just think of how efficient your time away will be used and just how much sightseeing you’ll be able to fit in when you’re not standing in line for most of the day.

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The incredible natural settings

Autumn is a beautiful season and I daresay that the BEST travel photos come from this time of year! The vivid colours as the trees changing and the rustic leaves pilling up on the ground just make for the most ideal photo opportunities. Just imagine the picturesque paradise of auburn colours accompanied by a backdrop of Prague’s gothic architecture or the endless hillsides of Ireland or perhaps a bird’s eye view from the Eiffel Tower. You just can’t ask for anything better for your Instagram!

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The insects go into hibernation

Best news ever, there are no mosquitos to feast on you in autumn! Okay well, I can’t promise none whatsoever, but there are definitely far fewer pests around eager to drain you of your bodily resources whilst testing your self-restraint to not itch, so that’s a big hooray!

Your trip ideas can get creative

Autumn is the time to not be basic with your travel dreams, go wild! You can get creative and think outside of the box when designing your autumnal break instead of just following the good weather around the world. Instead, go and find some unique adventures to go on. Why not go tick the Northern Lights off your bucket list? Or spend Halloween exploring spooky European castles? or why not even go on a weeklong hiking trip in the heights of Bulgaria? The world in autumn is your oyster so go make the most of it!

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If I haven’t convinced you to give an autumn getaway a chance then I don’t think I ever will but to end my list I will throw in another great bonus. The prices of flights and accommodation are so much cheaper outside of peak season and who among us can really turn down a good bargain trip?