If you are planning to travel in October, here are some of the most popular things to see and do.
It's not too late to catch fall foliage in New England and Canada. The explosion of colors can vary from one year to another, however normally the best time to see the changing of the leaves at their peak, is the first two weeks of October.
Keep in mind that the further north you travel, the sooner the colors peak, so if you are visiting Maine or Canada, then late September or early October are best. If you are going to visit Boston or New York, then the second week of October is usually peak, unless there are several cold fronts early in the fall.
October is spring time in South America. The average daily temperatures are in the upper 60's and low 70's. Buenos Aires is a city with culture and sophistication. Enjoy excellent restaurants, museums, shopping, parks and nightlife. Try to spend three or four days to take it all in, and make sure and take a tango lesson. South America tours 2012 itineraries and dates have just been released. Book early and save.
It's also spring in Australia from September to November. You'll find warm weather and flowers in bloom. It's a great time to visit the beaches. Travel to the Great Barrier Reef, which is the world's largest coral reef system. Many tourists stay in Whitsundays or Cairns, but if you have more time, try Hamilton or Lizard Island. If you don't scuba dive or snorkel, you can also see the reef by helicopter tour, seaplane or glass bottom boat. Now is a also great time to book your Australia tour 2012. There are lots of early booking promotions.
Fall is a popular time for wine festivals in Europe. In Tuscany, it is time to harvest the olives and grapes. Many travelers spend five or six nights in Florence and then take day trips to surrounding areas such as Lucca, Pisa and Montecatini. Also available are three to seven night culinary classes. Stay in historic hotels or villas, shop in local markets and learn to prepare authentic Italian cuisine. More on Italy tours and vacations.
Several river cruise companies like Avalon Waterways and Uniworld have theme cruises in the month of October. Choose from music or food and wine theme vacations. The music cruises include special performances both on board the ship and at venues, as well as visits to music festivals. The food and wine theme cruises include special culinary experiences during the cruise, as well as visit to vineyards, local restaurants and markets.
Whatever you choose to do, October offers great opportunities for travel and unique experiences.