Can you smell it? It’s the upcoming Holidays-End of the year just around the corner. Festive lights can already be seen and you’ve probably made plans for the Holiday Season travels – not to mention the dinners, family obligations and gifts shopping lists. Yeah, things are about to get hectic – this is why we highly recommend taking a couple of days (or weeks) off this month, to re-charge, and be up and ready for the winter. These are four of our favourite spots:
Diwali Celebrations, India
Diwali is called the Festive of Lights, and it’s a family-orientated festival, full of colours and fireworks. It is celebrated to honor Rama-chandra, the seventh avatar (incarnation of the god Vishnu). It is believed that on this day Rama returned to his people after 14 years of exile during which he fought and won a battle against the demons and the demon king, Ravana, and the festival itself symbolises the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance”.
This year, it commences with Dhanteras on November 5 and concludes on November 9. The main festivities take place on the third day (November 7).
Be prepared for lots of loud noise from the fireworks and firecrackers going off – better take ear plugs!
November is the perfect month to visit Hong Kong – it’s not too steamy and the typhoon season has passed. The weather is perfect to walk around and taste everything on the street-foods stalls in Wan Chai, hike the trails of Lantau Island (you have to set your alarm clock to catch the sunrise from Lantau Peak) or camp out on Lamma Island. And this is without even mentioning shopping or the wonderful urban gems.
This is the time to explore Morocco – one one hand, there’s a relatively good balance between its two climate zones, the Sahara Desert, the Atlas Mountains, and the coastlines of the Atlantic Ocean, and on the other hand, the crowds of summer tourists are gone by now. Morocco is everything from modern to mystical and from traditional to exotic. The architecture, the flavors, the language have all influences from North Africa, Spain and France, and you can feel this unique combination from the ancient city of Marrakesh with its souks (markets), to the northern seaport city of Tangier. You can book camel or jeep rides if you want to experience the desert a bit, and make sure you don’t miss the markets for leather goods, textiles, pottery, spices, and much more.
November will be chilly, but there’s no way you’ll miss the the peak viewing season for the Northern Lights (November through March) when the nights are longest. It’s really a unique, breathtaking site, with the infusion of colors, bright green with a mix of purple, pink and red.
November also means that the ice cave season has started – the temperatures are cold enough at the glaciers so that the ice caves are safe enough to visit and be amazed by the crystal glaciers and stunning blue palette. This also means that it’s really, really cold – so make sure you’re dressed accordingly.
Iceland Airwaves Music Festival is held in Reykjavik on November 7-10, showcasing hundreds of acts – some are famous, some emerging but all of them fun and fascinating.
What’s on YOUR bucketlist? and where will you go this month?