Holiday Calendar Month by Month – CN Traveller 2012 (Oct to Feb)
Often there is no definitive time to go somewhere: for some, braving the icy streets of New York in December may be worth it just to visit Macy's for a spot of shopping; and while lovers of peace and tranquility will avoid crowded Europe's beaches in August, others enjoy the buzz of holidays with guaranteed sunshine and a busy nightlife … Take a tour through the all 12 months (first we will start from Oct to Feb) and please tell me where you have been or where are you planning to go …
Florida is just coming into season, while Mauritius is perfect for sun, sea, sand and nature breaks. Réunion, the latter's less explored neighbour, has less spectacular beaches, but more than compensates for it with wildly dramatic peaks and a lush green landscape.
Lisbon is sultry, sexy and quiet during autumn, while Seville - Andalucía's sunny city - finally arrives at a temperature that allows you to explore its extravagant Moorish architecture and exuberant street life without needing a siesta. Athens is also excellent in October.
Texas is home to some of the most vibrant cities and towns in North America, such as the liberal metropolis of Austin, the architecturally stunning San Antonio and the prairie town of Bandera, and the best time to explore them all is now.
October also offers the last chance to see the best side of Perth - the capital of Western Australia (pictured). Located on the shores of the Indian Ocean, it is known for its excellent weather and clean, wholesome environment.
South America is the place to go for adventures: Ecuador, which has a number of beautiful national parks (including the Galápagos Islands) is excellent for scenic treks, while Argentina's barren but breath-taking Patagonia is dotted with huge estancias from which you can explore the surroundings on horseback.
New York City makes an excellent city-break destination in NOVEMBER: like New Orleans, it is fantastic in the run-up to Christmas. In Cape Town, you'll find chic hotels, excellent surfing beaches and charming vineyards along the pristine coastline, while Hong Kong offers a mix of British colonial history with a rich Chinese culture and tradition. As one of the world's busiest business centres, it is an ideal destination for shopping, too.
If you're able to take more than a week off work, we suggest you set your sights on New Zealand, where Auckland offers city sophistication and the rugged landscapes of the North and South Islands are full of natural wonders. Hawaii, too, offers dramatic scenery and stunning beaches, the latter of which can also be found in the Brazilian coastal state of Bahia (pictured).
Early winter in Vietnam is sunny and warm, and the country's white sand beaches are less busy than neighbouring Thailand's during this season, while Oman's glorious mountains, spectacular deserts and thousand-odd miles of seaside are also perfect right now.
Plus, the ski season is just beginning in Aspen, Colorado...
Want a sunshine break over the Christmas holidays in DECEMBER? Pack your bags and head to the glorious Caribbean island of St Barts, where you'll find peace and dazzling beaches - at high-season prices. Baja California, off Mexico's Pacific Coast, is decidedly more bohemian - with stunning beaches and luxury resorts, this stretch of coastline is once again a hot holiday destination. Belize, a country of sapphire seas, coral reefs, kaleidoscopic wildlife, great Mayan history and the most understatedly slick resorts, is also perfect.
Humidity levels in Cambodia are relatively low, making December an ideal time to discover Siem Reap and Angkor Wat. Neighbouring Laos, home to the historic mountain kingdom of Luang Prabang (pictured) is also excellent right now.
Hot city destinations include Melbourne and Miami, but you shouldn't miss the opportunity to explore Europe's colder cities in the run-up to Christmas - Berlin is freezing but beautiful, as is the pretty and perfectly conserved medieval city of Bruges in Belgium. But if it's a skiing holiday you want, the French Alps is the place to go: Courchevel 1850 is still its glitziest resort.
Is a great month for sale-shopping in Europe, but risks of bad-weather hiccups mean holiday breaks around the continent tend to be restricted to winter sports. The Swiss Alps (pictured above) are great destinations for skiing at this time of year, and tend to not be overcrowded with children as they can be when the school breaks get underway in February (for more options check out our recommended Ski Holidays section). But you can also make use of the weather to go on a cultural break during the low-season - Florence, for example, is cold and rainy at this time of year, but with hardly any tourist visitors in town, January is a great time to go to visit its stunning museums.
For warmer climbs, the trip from the UK is a long one to guarantee hot weather, with Asia, South America and Africa the best hotspots. Visitors to Chile and Peru will find a dry climate on arrival, and now is also a good time to see the secrets in Laos and Vietnam. The paradise islands of the Maldives are perfect, and while the east coast of Africa can get very hot, Zanzibar and South Africa offer great weather in stunning destinations. Mali - off the beaten track on the edge of the Sahara - is also warm and dry. Check out more hot destinations in our Tropical section.
Is a great month to find your inner karma around the world. Spiritually guided destinations like Goa (pictured above), Delhi and Marrakech are all great to visit at this time of year, whether it's for yoga, sightseeing or simply getting a winter tan in foreign climes.
For city visits, Delhi is fantastic, Miami offers some South Beach cool, and Mexico City is a giant that needs cool temperatures of this month to be enjoyed, while Adelaide's mix of city and nature makes it our favourite Australian city right now.
In North America, the skiing is good in Banff (Canada) and Jackson Hole (USA), among others nearby, while beach lovers should head to Australia, one of the West Indies' many islands, or perhaps even to Venezuela.
Remember to tell me, where is your next trip to ?