Sorry, we missed our flight yesterday, so we’re bringing you our Travel Tuesday blog on Wednesday instead.
It’s November, Winter is officially upon us, and most of us have dug out and dusted off our cosy coats from the back of the wardrobe ready for the onslaught of the ever-worsening weather. If you’re looking to escape from the infamous British winter weather, look no further than our top destinations for whatever you’re after this November.
This German city is a winter favourite, with its world famous Christmas markets popping up all over the city from mid-November onwards. Dusseldorf winters are idyllic, with the whole city blanketed in snow and the smell of gluhwein, roasting chestnuts and bratwursts following you from market to market. Things to do at the markets include (the obvious) eating and drinking yourself into oblivion, but there are also more unique features such as stalls where you can make your own decorative candles, alongside stalls selling handmade Christmas decorations and hand-blown glass baubles. As well as the markets, November marks the beginning of Dusseldorf’s Carnival Hoppewitz, which more specifically kicks off on November 11th at 11:11am, and plays host to more than 300 carnival parades and costume balls between the beginning of the festival to the end, on Ash Wednesday.
As a popular ski destination in Switzerland, Zermatt provides a snow sports getaway for anyone looking for more of a ‘Snowvember’ adventure (get it?) November marks the beginning of the season for most resorts, and by travelling this month you’re sure to get a better deal than if you were to book during peak season. While Zermatt is one of the pricier European resorts, there are a range of accommodation options to suit all budgets, from luxury hotels and chalets to more quaint and affordable B&Bs. One of the resorts most recognisable features and a point of attraction is the Matterhorn, one of the world’s best mountains to photograph, and at this time of year the breathtaking views are accompanied by horse-drawn sleighs and gluhwein stalls to get you in the Christmas spirit. If you’re not looking to partake in snow sports, there’s plenty of other activities including an forest adventure park with a 700m zipwire, museums and galleries, and the amazing nightlife that comes with any good ski resort.
If you’re looking for a sunny escape from the cold climate in the UK, the Canary Islands are a sure bet for a large dose of vitamin D. If you do choose to venture over, be wary of the more green islands, which can experience sporadic showers, and focus on the southernmost areas of Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Tenerife. The islands boast high temperatures and shining sun all year round, providing incredible views of landscapes of volcanoes and mountains, rolling sand dunes and breathtaking waterfalls. The islands have something to offer everyone, with opportunities to take part in activities such as windsurfing, scuba diving, camel rides, boat tours and mountain treks, just to list a few. If that’s not your scene and you want to chill out and get your tan on, there are plenty of spectacular beaches, like La Caleta de Famara in Lanzarote, or Playa Martiánez, which is famed for its soft black sand. If you’re a night owl looking to party, Tenerife is the island for you, considered by some to be one of the main nightlife destinations in Europe.
Frankly, we would be more than happy to go to NYC at any time of year, in any weather, and it’s said if you’re ever bored in the Big Apple, you’re doing something wrong. Thanksgiving this year falls on November 26th, and if you’re thinking of heading over the pond around this time you be crazy not to catch Macy’s spectacular Thanksgiving Day Parade, a well-established and respected New York tradition. Black Friday Sales in NYC are renowned as some of the best, and occasionally most risky, in the country and around the world, and you’re sure to snag some amazing bargains. The Rink at Rockefeller Centre is another New York tradition that’s a must if exploring in the 11th month, as it re-opened at the beginning of November and will be sure to get you in the Christmas spirit – we could go on and on and on about things to do in New York, because it just never ends. There are all the obvious tourist attractions, but November is for sure the month to be in America, and in New York in particular.
What sunglasses will you be taking on your travels this year? One of our current favourites has got to be these Valentino Keyhole Double Lens Sunglasses.
Will you be checking out any of our recommendations this November?