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Cheap holidays in October: Where to travel this autumn

The summer has just come to an end, and autumn weather is on its way as September is over.

The leaves are starting to turn, the air is getting crisp and cool, and the days are growing chillier as we inch our way towards winter.

If you’re wondering where to go on holiday in October, you’re in the right place. October is a great month to go on holiday, especially if you’re trying to avoid crowds.

The peak summer season has ended, school is back in session, and many people are saving up their remaining annual leave days to visit friends and family over the upcoming holidays. Whether you want to embrace the Autumn weather with a glamping trip near colourful trails, a stunning staycation, or escape the incoming cold with a holiday somewhere hot, we’ve got plenty of choices for an ideal October trip.

Where's warm? Hot holiday destinations for October

Escaping the UK for somewhere warm is a great idea in October. Here are our picks for affordable holiday destinations in October that are hot enough for the beach!

1. Marrakech (Morocco) -- 25°C+

With temperatures still hitting 28°C in October, Marrakech makes a perfect October destination, especially since the temperatures during the summer months are almost too hot to enjoy yourself!

Stroll the markets, indulge in the delicious local food, or visit the stunning Jardin Majorelle botanical gardens. There are endless things to do in Marrakech that make it the perfect October break.

2. Cancun (Mexico) -- 27°C+

If you want it really hot, then it's hard to beat Cancun! Temperatures can reach almost 33°C in October, making it an excellent destination for a beach holiday.

Visiting the incredible beaches should be number one on your itinerary but Cancun is also known for its excellent nightlife and historical sights like Chichen Itza. Tulum is also not too far away for a day trip!

3. Crete -- 20°C+

If those places are a little far from home, don't worry - October sun can be had in Europe! Greece has a very comfortable climate year round and October is a lovely time to visit an island like Crete.

The weather is warm rather than hot, but October really is a great time to visit and enjoy all the sights and sounds of the island, as well as hike the nature trails.

4. Algarve (Portugal) -- 23°C+

Another great European destination that is hot in October is the Algarve in southern Portugal. Temperatures hover between the mid 20s to 30, but can be more in the sun. That means it's plenty hot enough to enjoy the beaches like the famous Ponta da Piedade, but it makes October perfect for exploring.

Take a boat trip to go dolphin watching, stroll the old town of Lagos or head inland to the stunning mountainous Monchique region, which is perfect for walks through nature.

5. Cyprus -- 22°C+

If you head to Paphos in October you can expect an average temperature of 24 ºC. Highs are only a few degrees more, but that is plenty warm enough for us!

Watersports and beach trips are perfect during the month, with water temperatures well above 20 ºC. Things get a bit cooler in the evening, so don't forget a light jacket!

6. Gran Canaria -- 22°C+

The Canary Islands are a safe bet for almost any month and October is no different! Highs of about 22°C can be expected, which is not too hot but plenty comfortable for the family holiday Gran Canaria is perfect for.

Alternative activities include visiting the awe-inspiring MasPalomas Dunes or the Roque Nublo in the Nublo Rural Park. If you're with the kids, why not visit the Palmitos Park, a zoo that is fun for all the family.

7. Malta -- 24°C+

Malta's capital, Valletta, has an average temperature of 25°C in October! Valletta also makes a great compromise destination between a city break and traditional holiday.

The old city is situated right on the sea, whilst you only need to head a little outside of the city to find stunning beaches. The city itself is cute, with cobbled streets, old forts and plenty of romantic wine bars and restaurants.

8. Bali -- 27°C+

Less affordable but no less hot is Bali. Highs of 31°C is most welcoming for October, with the average temperature around 27°C. In fact, October is the second-best month to visit in terms of the amount of sunshine!

Go island hopping, indulge at luxury retreats and enjoy the stunning beaches. Bali is the perfect retreat to getaway from real life, and October is a perfect month for it.

The best places to visit in October

Autumn is officially here, and with it comes great travel opportunities. So if you're wondering where to go on holiday this October, then get ready to pack your bags and check out one of our top destinations for October.

County Clare, Ireland

For a last shot of green before the winter sets in, head to Ireland’s stunning west coast. County Clare is known for being one of the most beautiful parts of the country, and it really hits its stride in autumn. Take a hiking holiday with ocean views when you walk a portion the Wild Atlantic Way, the winding trail that incorporates the West Coast’s best landscapes.

The Cliffs of Moher is a particular highlight and is also a great choice for families with kids as it has an excellent visitors centre. Other family-friendly activities include a trip to one of the region’s many castles, such as Bunratty Castle, which hosts an old-fashioned banquet in traditional garb. You can even stay in a castle hotel (an especially good option for a romantic getaway.) Other memorable spots include Doolin Cave, with its famously mammoth stalactite, and a handful of beaches perfect for a picnic if you catch some sun.

New York and The Northeast, USA

Want a splash of colour this October? The Northeast region of the US is particularly breathtaking in early autumn, when temperatures have yet to plummet and trees are just starting to turn their different shades of red, orange and yellow. Take a drive between small New England towns and coastal communities (where you’re sure to get cheaper, off-season prices), or stick to big cities like Boston and Providence for a more urban leaf-peeping experience.

If you’re looking for a family-friendly trip that kids will love, this region has a number of Halloween-themed festivities in the month of October. Round out a week in New York City with The Village Halloween Parade, drive to the sleepy town of Salem (home to the famous witch trials) to take part in their month-long celebration, or marvel at the many-hued pumpkins at the various pumpkin festivals that take place in New Hampshire during this month.

Paris, France

Tourists may flock to France in summer, but autumn is one of the best times of year to visit Paris. The weather is temperate, with a mix of cooler days and warm, sunny ones. Walk along the Seine, taking in the changing colours of the leaves and browsing the books for sale from street vendors. Once you’ve had your fill of the river, Paris’ well-cultivated parks and gardens are perfect for a stroll, especially on a sunny day - we recommend the Jardin des Tuileries, where the iconic columns of trees become a kaleidoscope of colour come October.

If you catch some bad weather, duck into a museum. There are new exhibitions opening all the time at smaller museums and galleries, and more popular haunts like the Louvre have fewer visitors than in peak summer. Round out your day of exploring on foot by treating yourself to a flaky pastry and a noisette in a corner cafe as you watch the comings and goings of local Parisians.

Athens, Greece

While the Greek islands are the preferred holiday destination of the summer, Athens awaits in October as crowds disperse and the city settles into fall. Enjoy the multicoloured landscape up close on a hike through the National Park of Mount Parnitha, a park with more than 70 walking trails for hikers of all ages and skill levels and a couple mountain lodges where you can spend the night or just stop in for a hearty meal after a day’s hike.

On a trip into the city, take advantage of the dip in tourists to visit famous sights like the Acropolis, the Agora, and the Temple of Poseidon and browse the flea markets for locally-crafted gifts. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, sample your way through the city’s specialties by cafe-hopping - be sure to try local favourites like moussaka, spanakopita and souvlaki.

Isle of Wight, UK

The Isle of Wight fills with festival-goers in June and July, but by the time autumn rolls around, the crowds have long since dispersed. Those looking for an idyllic staycation in the UK will find plenty to love in the Isle of Wight’s dramatic coastlines and grassy trails. Head out on a walk to take in the sea air, explore castle ruins, and stroll through palace gardens, or opt for a different kind of hike and do a self-led pub crawl in the island’s small towns.

Families with kids will find a host of Halloween activities to take part in, like a visit to a pumpkin patch or a trip to a kitted-out haunted castle. Couples may want to rent bikes and see the island on a cycling trip, stopping in at the many small towns dotted along the coastline.