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Published on : Saturday, November 16, 2013
November marks an ideal time to plan a relaxing, fun-filled getaway before the busy holiday season kicks in. As the days grow shorter and the temperatures colder. It’s also your last chance to take advantage of shoulder season bargains before prices and crowds pick up again for Christmas and New Years. Overall, travellers can expect fewer people, cheaper costs, and milder weather around much of the world during November.
However, before you rush off to plan your flee, there are some areas Canada advises travellers to an exercise caution if they’re keen on visiting or, to flat out avoid due to weather or security reasons. By now, you’ve all heard of the disastrous super typhoon Haiyan that slammed into the Philippines earlier in November, just to name an example.
No matter where or when you travel, always remember to keep an eye on the travel advisories and headlines before takeoff. Here are the a few places to avoid this month, as well as those that are particularly luring in November.
Places to Avoid:
Indonesia – Komodo National Park, the coral reefs of Raja Ampat, the bustling city of Jakarta, the waves of Lomboko, the active volcano Mount Bromo, and of course the paradise island of Bali, are just of a few of Indonesia’s many draws. However, November is rainy season in Indonesia, which runs until March and can lead to landslides and flooding.
Mozambique- is an up-and-coming tourist destination, with beautiful beaches, great snorkeling and diving locations, and exciting safaris. However, a recent string of events has some fearing the promising country may be returning to violence.
Tunisia- has plenty to offer travellers with its rich history and natural beauty, with its beaches being a main attraction, as well as desert treks. However, there are fears that tourism will be on the decline after a suicide bomb was detonated on a beach near a hotel strip in Sousse on Oct. 30, according to Reuters.
The Philippines- The country is made up of more than 7,100 islands, and with its tropical rainforests, white sandy beaches, coral reefs and mountains, there’s no shortage on opportunities for outdoor adventures. However, you’ll have to put your visit to the Philippines on hold. Super typhoon Haiyan walloped the central Philippines early November, with sustained winds estimated at 305 km/h. It is one of the strongest typhoons ever to make landfall, causing landslides, and power and communications outages.
Malawi- Much like neighbouring Mozambique, it’s no surprise that tourism in Malawi has been on the rise — the Southeast-African country’s diverse and breathtaking landscape has plenty to offer adventure-seeking travellers, including game-viewing safaris, trekking and mountain biking. But Malawi’s major attraction is the dazzling Lake Malawi. It’s Africa’s third largest lake and a popular spot for water activities, such as snorkeling and diving.
The Gran Canary Islands- There is never a bad time to visit the Gran Canary Islands with their permanent spring-summer temperatures and sunshine. However, November is off-season for tourism, which means attractions and beaches usually buzzing with tourists will be far less crowded.
Kyoto Japan- While the trees are quickly shedding their colourful foliage at home, the vibrant fall foliage in Kyoto is just reaching its peak around the end of November — one of the best times to visit Japan as the weather is mild, dry and there tourist numbers low.
Oman- Lonely Planet ranked Muscat, the capital of this up-and-coming tourism hot spot, as the second best city in the world to visit in 2012. Oman’s diverse landscape lends itself to a myriad of attractions and activities, such as beaches, desert safaris, kite surfing, and rock climbing and hiking.
Valparaíso, Chile- The main attraction of this inspiring seaport city in Chile is the interesting architecture, colourful houses, street art and graffiti, and unique funicular elevators.