Whether you are back commuting to the office, still stuck at home, or dealing with the craziness of having your kids back in school, you’ll probably need a break by November. Luckily, it’s an ideal time to travel to national and international destinations, especially since more countries continue to open their borders to travelers.
Of course, that’s not the only reason November is a fabulous month to hit the road. It’s also a time where you can still catch the tail end of fall foliage or visit beachy locales before the high season kicks in.
If you don’t have any time off at the beginning of the month, you can always hold off until Thanksgiving week for a holiday getaway (although prices will likely be higher). In fact, even international properties like The Goring Hotel in London or Eden Roc Cap Cana will host a turkey-day meal, so Americans don’t have to miss their traditional festivities.
Just remember, travel is still very much in a state of flux. Countries are regularly issuing new requirements as the delta variant continues to spread. Be sure to check with local and national officials and review the latest recommendations from medical experts to ensure the health and safety of yourself and others.
The good news, though? Children as young as 5 might be eligible to begin receiving the COVID vaccine by Halloween, making the end of 2021 an even better time to travel with families.
So, where should you go? From tropical shorelines and woodsy Northeast escapes to the rolling hills of the Scottish Highlands, these are the eight best destinations to visit this November:
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Cairngorms National Park in Scotland© The Points Guy Loch Morlich in the Glenmore Forest of Cairngorms National Park. (Photo by VWB photos/Getty Images.)
Although temperatures start to dip in Scotland in November, it’s still a great time to see the stunning, castle-filled country’s fall foliage. Cairngorms National Park – the largest national park in the U.K. – is incredible this time of year, with rich hues of gold and red taking over the landscape. November is an ideal time for exploring as there are fewer crowds. It’s also perfect for foraging; visitors can find wild raspberries, cowberries, blaeberries, fungi (it’s the height of the season), and nettles across the picturesque hills.
Even if you’re not into outdoorsy activities, there are plenty of cultural excursions. On the way to the Scottish Highlands, stop at Dundee to check out the Kengo Kuma-designed Victoria & Albert Museum. The current exhibition is Night Fever: Designing Club Culture, exploring the relationship between 1960s design and club culture. (Fans of HBO’s “Succession” will recognize the museum from season two when the Roy family visits to honor patriarch Logan.) And, of course, whisky distilleries are always available for a visit.
TPG tip: As of Oct. 4, you no longer need a pre-departure COVID-19 test to enter the U.K. if you’re vaccinated. And there are flight deals to be had. You could fly from New York-JFK to Edinburgh (EDI) on Aer Lingus in early November with a stop in Dublin (DUB) for around $500 round-trip. Fly later in the month and AAdvantage miles members could purchase a round-trip economy fare for 45,000 miles.
Spend a night or two in Edinburgh at The Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh (rates from $700 per night or 274,000 Hilton Honors points per night) before venturing north, where you should consider a stay at The Fife Arms. The 19th-century hunting lodge is located within the national park and has an in-house forager who leads two- and three-hour walks for guests, followed by workshops where guests can use their findings to make everything from condiments and tinctures to cosmetics.
Antarctica© The Points Guy (Photo by David Merron Photography/Getty Images.)
OK, this might seem a little extreme, but the Antarctica cruising season actually starts in November. The remote continent is just entering the summer season, so you’ll be able to see more polar ice and undisturbed terrain from the frigid months before. (Think: pristine snow yet plentiful wildlife activity.) Whales, seals, and penguins are out in force, and you’ll even notice eggs — and penguin squabbles over pebbles — in nests by the end of the month.
If you’re dreaming of an Antarctica cruise this season, there are a slew of newly built, ice-class expedition vessels offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences like polar diving and hovercraft rides — such as Atlas Ocean Voyages’ World Navigator.
TPG tip: You can use Hyatt points for Lindblad Expeditions sailings, though you won’t get the maximum value out of your points. A 20-day Antarctica sailing in November on the National Geographic Explorer is currently available from $20,960 per person — or 1,310,000 World of Hyatt points. If you have an enormous stash of Hyatt points (or Chase Ultimate Rewards points, which transfer at a 1 to 1 ratio), you could be able to offset the cost of your Antarctica expedition.
Nantucket, Massachusetts© The Points Guy Brant Point Lighthouse on Nantucket Island. (Photo by Guido Cozzi/Atlantide Phototravel/Getty Images.)
You’d typically think of Nantucket as a summer destination, but November is perfect for seafood fans. This is the month when the island’s bay scallops — known as “Nantucket Gold” — come back into season. These mollusks, which live in the island’s native eelgrass, are commercially harvested in the cold waters off the coast from November through March. Fun fact: It’s actually one of the last wild bay scallop fisheries in the country.
Gallery: When you rent this cabin, you get an entire island for yourself next to a national park: Take a look (USA TODAY)
Source : https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/tips/the-8-best-destinations-to-visit-in-november/ar-AAPzTQ61521