Looking to jet set before those harsh winter months? Enjoy the changing seasons with a travel itinerary that takes you through the most beautiful parts of the world during this time of the year. Here are 7 countries you need to visit during the fall.
Take a leap of faith, literally, at Victoria Falls in Zambia during the dry season (September to December). During the autumn months, the Zambezi River is at its lowest and slowest peak, creating a natural pool that visitors can dive into and safely peer over over the lip of the falls without being swept away.
Truffles- it’s quite a delectable affair. In north-west Italy, truffle hunters set out for the woodlands with their hounds each fall to sniff out “white gold” or the prized white Alba truffle. Every weekend from October to mid-November, the Alba International White Truffle Fair takes off in honor of the pungent tuber. Visitors can enjoy truffle-infused olive oil, sea salt, butter, creams and more at the world market and enjoy the unique festivities.
Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
When September rolls around in Fiordland National Park, spring weather is what visitors can experience at this World Heritage Site. Get ready for waterfalls, rain forests and a spectacular glacier-carved sound – home to dolphins, seals, penguins and other wondrous marine life. It’s not your typical fall foliage!
This bustling little Bedouin coastal city is unbearably hot during the dog days of summer, but by September, the temperatures couldn’t get any better as they drop for the fall. Spend your days diving Dahab’s world renowned reefs and hike the Coloured Canyon- the perfect place to never be indoors!
You can’t go wrong with any Greek island, but Rhodes has a special medieval charm, and once September hits, the tourists disappear. Not only will you have the narrow alleyways, mesmerizing architecture and views to yourself, but check out Petaloudes (Butterfly Valley) where you can comb lush green gardens with no crowds to be seen during the autumn months.
Lanzarote, Canary Islands
You are going to get a desert vibe here, but come fall, the north easterly trade winds start blowing and those hot desert temperatures drop considerably. Enjoy low crowds and spend your time traversing the island’s stunning volcanic peaks at Timanfaya National Park.
The fall is the time to visit Dubrovnik when the atmosphere becomes quite laid back and life slows down. The warm Adriatic sea is perfect for swimming and the humidity dies down considerably.
Courtney is a full-time writer covering soccer, travel and the outdoors. You can find her scouting out hole in the wall joints for the perfect carnitas taco, jumping in the ocean under the light of a full moon or exploring the beautiful Florida wilderness and documenting her adventures in her blog, www.localtravelgal.wordpress.com.