Take a Pre-Christmas Break
By the time November rolls into the UK we are firmly in the icy grip of winter. Between the drastically shortened days and the inexorable countdown to Christmas, no one would blame you for wanting to escape.
Whether you’re seeking the first snow of the year or chasing some much-needed sunshine, there are plenty of great November travel options. Here’s what we recommend.
It can be a risk heading to Europe in November to ski, as conditions will always be unpredictable, but it can help you avoid the crowds. Thankfully there are several ski areas in Austria that are always a sound bet.
The Hintertux glacier is open pretty much year round, such is their confidence that they’ll have fresh powder. Pitztal boasts Austria’s highest lifts and, along with nearby Kaunertal, opens in mid-September, so by November conditions should be perfect.
The temperatures are dropping in Morocco around November, but it’s still significantly warmer than the UK, with average high temperatures around 23 degrees Celsius. It might be a bit rainy (though nothing compared to northern Europe) but you’ll avoid both the crowds and the cloying heat of summer.
This makes it a great time to enjoy the souks of Marrakech, wander between the blue-washed walls of Chefchaouen, marvel at the medieval city of Fez, or take a camel trek across the Sahara desert.
November can be the perfect time to visit Florida, as the stifling heat and humidity of summer is waning, and the dry season is getting into full swing.
So it’s still comfortably warm enough to enjoy the soft-sanded beaches of Naples on the Gulf of Mexico, party in famous Miami, and indulge your inner child by heading to Orlando and surrendering your soul (and wallet) to the House of Mouse.
If you really hate winter, Mumbai in November is as far from it as you can get. It’s scorching hot, and the air should have been cleared by the recently passed monsoon season.
Temperatures regularly climb into the low 30s, so you can sit on Chowpatty Beach until you sizzle, although chances are, like most things in Mumbai, it’ll be crowded. You shouldn’t miss landmarks the likes of the Gateway of India and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, and an evening stroll along Marine Drive is a great way to wind down after a busy day.
You don’t have to stray far from home to experience something unique in November. It’s the month of Bonfire Night, where we work together to give every cat in the country a nervous breakdown, and no one takes this task more seriously than Lewes in East Sussex.
Every year, 17 burning crosses are carried through the streets of the village to commemorate the Lewes martyrs, Protestants burned at the stake by Queen Mary I, or Bloody Mary, to her friends. The parade continues with effigies of unpopular contemporary figures (in recent years, David Cameron has featured heavily). Basically, everything is set on fire. We can’t recommend it enough.