Where to travel in October

With average daytime temperatures holding steady and areas less crowded with tourists, October is a great month to head off and explore. So if you're wondering of where to holiday in October here are some of our ideas - both near and far. And, as eating is a big part of going on holiday we've also suggested some local dishes to try while you're there.

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1. Where to travel in October - Cyprus

Cyprus has fantastic beaches and wonderful temperature - even in October! This all makes for a perfect autumn beach destination. For something other than beach days, head to the Troodos Mountains and find wonderful quaint villages, great traditional tavernas and even vineyards!

Average Daytime Temperature

27° C

Flight Time from the UK

4 hours 30 minutes

Time Difference

+2 hours GMT

What to eat in Cyprus

With influences from Greece, Turkey and Italy, Cypriot food is definitely going to be delicious!

L-R: Halloumi, Kleftiko, Souvlaki

Halloumi: made from goat and/or sheep milk. OK, so like most cheese halloumi is rich in fat but on the cheese front, it is considered to be a healthier alternative. There are no preservatives so consequently doesn't last as long. Be like a local who enjoy eating halloumi with mint.

Kleftiko: this is a traditional lamb dish marinated in olive oil, lemon,garlic and onion.

Souvlaki: for fans of barbecued meat, souvlaki is grilled on an open flame. Local restaurants served souvlaki with pitta bread and tzatziki.

Moussaka: as sacred to the Cypriots as pasta is to the Italians. Made from aubergine, mine meat (lamb or beef), spices, bechemal sauce and topped with cheese. Do not confuse Moussaka with Makaronia tou Fournou (or Pastitio), which is similar in flavour but instead neatly layered ingredients of macaroni, minced meats, spices and bechemal sauce.

Loukoumades: golden honey dumplings which are deep fried and served hot. They're bite-sized and fluffy - a bitlike a Greek doughnut I suppose.

L-R: Moussaka, Loukoumades

2. Where to travel in October - Croatia

During the summer months, Croatia can be crowded but come October the crowds have started to disperse. Dubrovnik is a good place to start your discoveries as it's a walled city that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the towers, medieval monasteries, churches and squares. For an alternative perspective, take the cable car up Srd, the city's craggy backdrop.

Hvar Town is yacht-central so expect top-notch restaurants and plenty of cocktail bars.

Split, meanwhile, is home to one of the world's most imposing Roman remains. Streets are full of bars, shops and restaurants and it's easy to get lost amongst the maze of streets, passageways but Split is small enough that you'll soon find your way out again.

Average Daytime Temperature

19° C

Flight Time from the UK

2 hours 20 minutes

Time Difference

+1 hour GMT

What should I eat in Croatia?

Croatian food is complex. Many cultures have had an influence on Croatian cuisine - Italian, Middle Eastern, Ottoman and Balkan Staples which intermingle effortlessly with traditional flavours. Whilst there are regional variations, Croatia's long coastline lends itself to superior choice of fish and seafood.

L-R: Börek, Black Risotto, Ćevapi

Pag Cheese: this cheese is a protected variety. Made from a uniquely flavoured sheeps mil that originates from the island of Pag. Sharp and salty and said to be 'unquestionably Croatia's best cheese'.

Black Risotto: this black rice dish is coloured with cuttlefish ink, which is only used to colour. Buttery and delicious it is often served with chunks of cuttlefish on top.

Peka: veal or octopus with potatoes and vegetables, cooked in a pot covered with coals. Originally a working meal which was slow-cooked while farmers were out working in the fields. Nowadays it can be found in high end restaurants.

Ćevapi: is a street food dish of small sausages made from pork and beef which are grilled and stuffed into a type of pita bread. Red pepper and tomato sauce, sour cream, cheese and onions often added too.

Börek: is made from a flaky pastry dough that's filled with a choice of fillings like feta cheese, spinach, meat - even sweet fillings. Sold in portions which locals enjoy with a cup of Croatian coffee.


3. Where to travel in October - Cambodia

Cambodia's six month rainy season comes to an end in October After the rain comes the lush emerald green landscapes. You'll also benefit from lower hotel rates in October too (winner!). High season commences in November so a trip the month before will be better for the bank balance. Siem Reap is the gateway to exploring the Angkor temples.

Average Daytime Temperature

30° C

Flight Time from the UK

from 14 hours (includes stopover)

Time Difference

+6 hours GMT

What to eat in Cambodia

Perhaps less well-known than the neighbouring cuisine of Thailand and Vietnam, but Cambodia is still a food lovers paradise for tasty, healthy and sometimes downright weird things to eat. Read on in you're not squeamish ....

L-R: Tarantula, Khmer Curry, Balut

Pork & Rice: we're easing you in gently here with Cambodia's national breakfast dish. Thinly slice pork marinated in oil and garlic and slowly barbecued. Served over rice with sliced cucumbers and pickled vegetables. This dish is only available in the morning.

Prahok: the Cambodian equivalent to marmite - you'll love it or hate it. It's definitely an acquired taste! Usually an accompaniment it is crushed, salted and fermented fish paste - adding a strong, salty flavour.

Khmer Curry: milder in taste and less spicy as it has a base of coconut cream and milk, spices, herbs, garlic, turmeric and ginger. Usually accompanied by rice or a baguette.

Balut: *look away now if you're a bit squeamish *

Popular with locals, Balut is the fertilised embryo of a duck that is eaten whole from the shell. Whilst it's believed to be nutritious and protein-rich we'll leave it up to you whether you choose to try.


4. Where to travel in October - Rome, Italy

October is one of the best months to visit Rome. The summer hustle and bustle is behind and the majority of tourists have gone home, but it's still lovely and warm so a great time to explore. Don't like flying? It's possible to get to Rome by train. Travel by Eurostar to Paris then catch a TGV train to Turin (this takes about 5 hours 40 minutes). Stay overnight in Turin and the next morning take the high-speed Frecciarossa train to Rome (takes about 4 hours).

Average Daytime Temperature

22° C

Flight Time from the UK

2 hours 30 minutes

Time Difference

+1 hour GMT

What to eat in Rome

A trip to Rome could be entirely food focused. There are specialist food tours available if you want to immerse yourself in a whole food extravaganza.

L-R: Pizza al Taglio, Gelato, Maritozzi

Carbonara: made without a drop of cream in sight! Instead it's a simple dish of raw eggs, pecorino and parmigiano cheese and cured pork. This sauce is perfect when smothering al dente pasta.

Suppli: you'll find Suppli at many Roman delis or pizza takeaways. Suppli are made with a creamy rice mixed with meat and tomato and a deliciously gooey mozzarella centre. They're then breaded and deep fried.

Maritozzi: this yeasted bun is typically eaten for breakfast. Typically filled with whipped cream, look out for different variations like chocolate chip too.

Gelato: a trip to Rome without gelato? Unthinkable. There are so many parlours to choose from but it's useful to do your research - go for those that use real ingredients. Anything that looks artificial, probably is.

Pizza al Taglio: if we think of Rome, chances are we think of pizza. Pizza al Taglio is pizza by the slice - a Roman slice of pizza. Cooked in sheet pans, it's made into an oblong and baked. Don't expect anything round here. The pizza is then served by the slice and cut to your preferred portion size. It's a casual eat, often enjoyed on the go.


5. Where to travel in October - Dublin, Ireland

Dublin comes alive in early October. To start with, there's Ireland Music Week and the Dublin Theatre Festival. This charming capital city is small enough to explore over a few days, but also offers a good base if you wish to explore the wider beauty of the Irish countryside. As the October weather can be a little changeable, it's a good time to soak up Dublin's legendary hospitality with trips to cosy pubs, bars and restaurants, all offering the craic.

If time is limited, there's a hop-on-hop-off bus to see all the main sights. For something a little different, we recommend Kilmainham Gaol Musuem to take a trip to the cells and hear tales about the living conditions and former 'residents', including the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising, who were imprisoned and executed at the gaol. Advance booking recommended.

The Little Museum of Dublin is a charming museum in the heart of the city. An interesting 30 minute guided tour gives you a snapshot of Dublin's history - great memorabilia too.

Average Daytime Temperature

13° C

Flight Time from the UK

1 hour

Time Difference

+0 hour

What you should eat in Dublin

October is the perfect month to indulge in the best of Irish food as it's warm, comforting - and above all fresh and tasty.

L-R: Soda Bread, Boxty Pancakes, Guinness

Soda Bread: an absolute must whether an accompaniment to a hearty Irish stew or served the traditional (and in our opinion the best) way - slathered in butter.

Barmbrack: a fruity tea loaf that is the perfect foil to an afternoon brew. Associated with Halloween, but available year round, it was traditionally baked with items in the centre. Ring = marriage / piece of cloth = nun.

Guinness: Come on. Visit Dublin and not have a pint of the black stuff? Unforgiveable! Head to The Guinness Storehouse and work your way up the 7 floors of interactive experiences and enjoy a pint in the bar at the top!

Coddle: traditional favourite made with leftovers. It's nicer than it sounds! Made with the likes of sausages, bacon, potatoes and onions, slow cooked until rich. Perfect comfort food.

Boxty Pancakes: Irish potato pancake made by mixing grated raw potato, cooked mashed potato, flour and a splash of milk. The batter is fried and cooked slowly until gold and crispy. Often served alongside an Irish breakfast.


6. Where to travel in October - Albuquerque, New Mexico

October is the month to visit for the magical Albuquerque International Balloon Festival. It's the largest hot air balloon festival in the world. Enjoy 9 days of watching majestic balloons take to the sky from dawn until dusk.

Average Daytime Temperature

22° C

Flight Time from the UK

14 hours (including stopover)

Time Difference

-7 hours GMT

What should I eat in Albuquerque?

Best known for its unique local cuisine that blends together native American and Spanish flavours. Expect plenty of red and green chillies and smokey undertones.

L-R: Pozole, Frito Pie, Carne Adovada

Frito Pie: with basic ingredients of chilli, cheese and corn chips what's not to love? Plus, there'll be optional additions like salsa, refried beans, sour cream, onion, rice or jalapeños.

Blue Corn Pancakes: Blue corn (from maize) adds a nutty flavour to pancakes. It's perfect whether you have a savoury or sweet preference. You'll often find them on breakfast and brunch menus.

Pozole: rich broth-like soup made with pork, hominy (dried maize corn kernals) and red chilli. Top with shredded cabbage, radish, fresh coriander, avocado and lime.

Carne Adovada: similar to chilli con carne but made with pork rather than beef. Chunks of pork braised in a thick, chilli sauce seasoned with garlic, oregano, cumin and honey. served over tortillas or rice.

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