If you haven't had enough of the sun yet, head to the Middle East and explore Jordan, or enjoy the Atlantic breeze on a sunny vacation in The Gambia or hiking along the coast of Portugal.
The fall weather is not a hindrance. Independent Traveler offers some perfect ideas for your October vacation.
Thanks to new Wizz Air flights, it's easier to get to the Transylvanian city of Brasov. October is a great time to wander its cobblestone streets filled with baroque houses in the shadow of the Carpathian Mountains. And, of course, there's Bran Castle, the magnificent site that inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Birdwatching and beaches are combined with a comfortable stay at Bakotu Hotel in The Gambia. Not only is it just steps away from Kotu Beach, but this cozy, family-run hotel has its own observation deck overlooking Kotu Creek, where you can see monkeys and several dozen species of birds. There's also an outdoor pool and tropical gardens to relax in after hiking the trails through the nearby nature reserve.
October temperatures make it possible to visit Jordan and see some of its endlessly fascinating treasures. Fleewinter's nine-day family vacation to Jordan is an enticing introduction: after arriving in Aqaba, you'll visit the Dead Sea and Petra, as well as Wadi Rum.
If Lisbon gets too crowded for you, head south to the Setúbal Peninsula and hike the spectacular coastal trails of the Arrabida Natural Park. Inntravel offers a six-night self-guided hiking vacation that takes you along ancient pilgrimage routes past muscat wine vineyards and with full views of the Atlantic.
For sea views and fresh air, book one of the two cottages at the foot of the North Foreland Lighthouse near Joss Bay between Broadstairs and Kingsgate. The Lodesman Cottage has two double bedrooms and shares an acre of garden with the neighboring Khina Cottage, which has a double room and a twin room, and an equally stylish interior. Khina allows you to bring up to two dogs, but keep in mind that the garden is not fenced.