By Shannon Valdes Leiderman
This autumn, plan an escape far from the beaten path. Authentic Arabia, a surprising jewel of West Africa and two obscure European countries are waiting to be discovered. Here are our recommendations for the best places to travel in October. They’re off-the-beaten path, in their shoulder or off-season and waiting for your visit.
While it doesn’t have the flashy skyline of Dubai, Oman’s understated ambiance and stunningly diverse landscape isn’t overrun by tourists. Omanis take great pride in their ancient traditions, which manifest in the omnipresent scent of frankincense and a no-skyscraper approach to development. Check in to Six Senses Zighy Bay for an eco-luxe Arabian experience on the banks of the Gulf Sea.
With lush rolling hills dotted by castles, Liechtenstein radiates the ethereal glow of a real life fairy tale. Nestled deep in the alps between Switzerland and Austria, the tiny country is ruled by the beloved Liechtenstein family who have held the crown for more than three centuries. While a small number of travelers visit during ski season, the quaint principality remains largely undiscovered.
With a backdrop of artsy streets and handsome colonial architecture, Mexico’s most underrated city explodes with an electric energy during Dia de los Muertos. The multi-day celebration steeped in tradition is marked with elaborate altars. Colorful parades and festive locals honor the lives of loved ones who have passed.
There may be crowds of tourists, but they blend peacefully with the locals. This is one tradition you will want to experience at least once in your life. Most noteworthy it’s one of the best places to travel in October.
Despite its reputation for political instability, Guinea is a land of mesmerizing beauty. Traveling outside the capital can be daunting, but anyone with a sense of adventure will appreciate the country’s endless rainforests and welcoming villages. Located on the coast of West Africa, you can hop on a short ferry ride from the capital city of Conakry to Iles de Los, a dreamy archipelago unknown to most of the world.
Wedged between Romania and the Ukraine, Moldova is Europe’s least visited country brimming with off-the-beaten path charm. Although its name might not ring any bells, the obscure little country makes some of the world’s best wine. Whet your palette at Mileștii Mici winery, which holds the world record for the largest wine collection–nearly two million bottles, to be exact.