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October Half Term Family Holidays

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October half-term is an ideal time to get away on a family holiday. The nights are drawing in and winter is on its way. Why put up with endless grey skies and kids stuck in front of their games console when you could be kayaking over sunken cities in Turkey, camping out under starlit skies in Wadi Rum, Jordan or heading into Ranthambore National Park in India in search of tigers, monkeys and sloth bears?

It’s a lot quieter travelling in October. There isn't such a scrum at the airport check in, hotels and major sites are much less busy and as an added bonus, its generally considerably cheaper to travel compared to the summer holidays; helpful when you’re paying for the whole family.

Simon Grove, Head of Product at Explore Worldwide shares his thoughts on why October is his ideal month to travel with his family;

"We have always tried to get away in October half-term; the summer is a busy time here at Explore, finalizing our trip line up for the year ahead. Come September things quieten down in the office.

As for choice, the weather in places like as India, Sri Lanka, Morocco, Jordan and Egypt is ideal at this time of year; not too hot for the kids but warm enough to be able to spend all day outside in a t shirt and shorts. Exam season is also a few months away, so October half term is often the last chance for a family holiday before the all-important exam revising season kicks in."

Explore offers a wide choice of family holiday options that maximise your time away, so whether it’s a one week or two week half-term - we have the perfect active family holiday for you.

Top picks for October half-term

Depressed by the thought of long winter nights setting in? Why not consider treating your family to an adventure holiday for an invigorating boost to break up the long Autumn term. In just one week you could explore countries like Morocco, Egypt, Jordan or Turkey on an action-packed adventure holiday. Or if you have a two week half-term, why not consider a long-haul destination such as India, Sri Lanka & the Maldives or South Africa?

Close to home

October half-term is an ideal month to head to a number of destinations including Sorrento and Tuscany in Italy or perhaps even the Dalmatian coast in Croatia. Enjoy the remaining sunshine as we spend a week enjoying canyoning, mountain biking and sea kayaking in comfortable temperatures. Furthermore, with the sea still pleasantly warm at this time of year and most of the summer crowds dispersed, it really is an ideal time of year for all the family to get away and enjoy quality time together.

Another hugely popular Explore family holiday destination is Morocco. Under four hours from the UK and with an increasing amount of direct flight options, the intense heat of summer is melting away and you can expect warm sunshine during the day with cool, crisp evenings and nights, perfect to unwind and relax after a busy day.

Far flung adventures

Late October is also an excellent time to visit Oman, India and Sri Lanka, when the summer monsoon has been replaced by clear, cool air and the fierce temperatures have dropped. Heading to the southern hemisphere, October half-term is an ideal time to travel around the Western Cape in South Africa and Namibia, temperatures are perfect, the dramatic landscapes burst into colour in the South African spring, while off-shore you can enjoy whale watching between June and November.

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