To narrow our list down to the 10 best countries to visit in October, we considered the average weather, activities, and special events at each destination. The following countries are generally warm and sunny and many have once-a-year festivals or events happening in October.
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The 10 best countries to visit in October are:
- Oaxaca, Mexico
- Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
- Melbourne, Australia
- Buenos Aires/Cordoba, Argentina
- Bali, Indonesia
- The Serengeti, Tanzania
- Kyoto, Japan
- Vienna, Austria
Best Countries for an October Vacation
When it comes to Europe, the weather has drastically cooled off on most of the continent by October. Naturally, the further south you go, the better chance of sun and beach-friendly temperatures. The tiny country of Malta is tucked way down below Italy’s boot in the Meditteranean Sea. October is an incredible time to visit this island that offers visitors a wide array of beaches and plenty to explore in the way of history, cities, nature, and cuisine as well.
Average weather in October: 76°/54°
Best October Activity: Notte Bianca
Where to stay: In the capital, Valletta, or the seaside town of Sliema
Chance of rain: 5 days/month
2. Oaxaca, Mexico
This vibrant town in Mexico is consistently voted one of the best places to travel in recent years. And October is one of our favorite times to visit. With daily highs in the high 70s and some of the best Dia de Los Muertos festivals in the entire country, you can’t go wrong with a visit here the last week of the month. Oaxaca is also one of the best culinary destinations in Mexico, so be sure to arrive with an appetite.
Average weather in October: 82°/54°
Best October Activity: Enjoy Dia de Los Muertos festivities (while the holiday is technically November 1-2, celebrations start as early as Oct 28th)
Where to stay: Oaxaca Centro Historico
Chance of rain: Low. 4 days/month.
3. Albuqueque, New Mexico, U.S.A.
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta kicks off in early October when temperatures in this southern state still reach the low 70s during the day. However, as it is the desert, it gets chilly after dark so be sure to bring warmer clothes as well. Enjoy the colorful balloon-filled skies along with nine days worth of fun entertainment and events. Beyond the fiesta, the United States is one of the best countries to visit in October for its abundance of road trip options in the country’s southwest.
Average weather: 72°/46°
Best October Activity: The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Where to stay: Nativo Lodge
Chance of rain: 3 days/month
4. Melbourne, Australia
The Melbourne International Jazz Festival takes place each October, giving jazz lovers a perfect excuse to make the journey down under. This is Australia’s largest jazz festival and it’s worth the long flights. However, Melbourne is always a good idea. Enjoy the trendy bar and restaurant scene, catch a comedy show, or visit the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Average weather: 68°/51°
Best October Activity: Melbourne International Jazz Festival
Where to stay: The trendy Fitzroy neighborhood
Chance of rain: 8 days/month
5. Buenos Aires, Argentina
October in Buenos Aires is the beautiful start to springtime in the north of Argentina. It’s also the ideal time to visit this bustling South American capital. The weather is perfect for days spent strolling around the city. Everything is far less crowded — not to mention cheaper — as October is the shoulder season here. Enjoy steak and Malbec, take a tango dancing lesson, or catch a polo match. Be sure to also pay a visit to Cordoba where you can head to Villa General Belgrano to celebrate Oktoberfest this month.
6. Bali, Indonesia
While it’s certainly going to be a bit hot and muggy this month in Bali, Indonesia is still one of the best countries to visit in October. There’s something for everyone. Bali is great for a totally chilled beach vacation or a week full of exploration with trips to the mountains, jungles, and islands off the coast. Visit Ubud, the Gili Islands, or Mount Batur.
7. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa
Have you ever wanted to go on an African Safari? Tanzania is one of the best countries to visit in October because that’s when you’ll find The Great Migration in Serengeti National Park. Head to the northern Serengeti to see the big herds congregated in certain spots before the rains.
Even without witnessing The Great Migration, a visit to Serengeti National Park is one of the most unforgettable trips you can take in your lifetime. If you have the time, combine your safari with a beach vacation on Zanzibar.
8. Kyoto, Japan
October is one of the best months to visit Japan when the weather is still pleasant and the summer’s rainfall and humidity is subsiding. Kyoto is one of the best places to visit at this time. Wander the temples, shrines, and gardens in the gorgeous weather. If you’re looking for an October festival nearby, the Kurama-no-hi Matsuri takes place in the mountains near Kyoto and you’ll see men in loincloths carry burning torches through the village of Kurama.
Average weather: 72°/54°
Best October Activity: Visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine
Where to stay: Ryotei Rangetsu in Kyoto near the riverfront
Chance of rain: 7 days/month
9. Vienna, Austria
One of the chillier destinations you’ll visit in October, we still love Austria in the fall. Enjoy the autumn colors in Stadtpark. Cozy up in ancient wine bars or enjoy culinary excellence at restaurants like Amador. Pay a visit to St. Stephen’s Cathedral and explore the catacombs and south tower without all the tourists of the summer months.
While October is still hurricane season for most of the Caribbean, Aruba sits outside of the hurricane belt. So if you’re looking for a Caribbean island to visit this fall, Aruba is the place to be. You’ll still catch the occasional shower but you’ll also have so much more peace and quiet on the island than in the coming high season months of December/January.
Enjoy a stay on Eagle Beach, named the 5th best beach in the world by Tripadvisor for 2022.
October travel planning
Now is the perfect time to start planning an October getaway. Let your travel buddies vote on which of the best countries to visit in October they want to see. Use Troupe to streamline all your vacation planning.
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