Fall Travel Destinations
As the leaves begin to change and the temperature decreases, opportunities for wondrous vacations at discounted prices open up. For those looking to take a vacation this year, but don’t know where this is a great place to begin. The following three vacation destinations offer beautiful sights and plenty to do at an affordable price.
India makes a wonderful fall vacation because of the discounted tours and cheap flights. As September comes to an end, monsoon season ends allowing travelers to take in the sights, sounds, and tastes without the hassle of a crowd. Goa, a popular beach destination, is the perfect place to take advantage of the unoccupied space. Travelers should beware of possible flooding occurred during monsoon season; check local reports before booking. On top of the opportunity to save money, India is considered a top fall destination because of its seasonal festivals: Diwali and Pushkar Camel Fair.
The Hindu Festival of Light, or Diwali, is a time to push away darkness in favor of light. Indian families place rows of clay (avali) lamps (diya) outside of their homes in honor of this festival. Over the years, the festival has evolved from clay lamps at homes and shops to LED lights on monuments and buildings, even now including fireworks.
Beat the heat and visit France in the fall, although good weather isn’t the only reason to save those vacation days a few months longer. Fall is harvest season; but the crops don’t go on a plate, they eventually make it into a wine glass. At the capitol, join in the celebration at the Fete des Vendanges Montmartre. As a way to pay homage to the working vineyard in Paris, events typically include a variety of activities, such as lectures, workshops, fireworks, and of course, wine tasting!
Luxury travel is in full swing this fall as The Ritz recently reopened after renovations. The Fontainebleau and the Vaux-le-Vicomte Castles offer guided visits. Galleries, pop-up stores, cocktail bars, and restaurants are found in a lesser known area, Haut-Marais.
Boasting nearly 300 days of sunshine, the town of Albuquerque, New Mexico has plenty to offer vacationers in the fall. Explore Old Town, the city’s first neighborhood founded in 1706, that now has five museums and over 100 galleries, restaurants, and shops. Take a stroll by Old Town’s most elaborate structure: the historic Church of San Felipe de Neri, also founded in 1706 and then rebuilt in 1793, one year after it’s collapsing. There is also a free 16-mile walking and biking path along the Rio Grande called Paseo del Bosque. The renewed Sawmill District, north of Old Town, is known for its arts, fine dining, and other entertainment.
During October, the famed Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta takes place. Over the course of nine days, more than 500 balloons ascend into the blue sky. The New Mexico Brew Fest is also held during the fiesta. Beware of inflated hotel prices, however. Save some cash by staying at a historic B&B in the Old Town neighborhood for an average of $150 to $180 per night.