Travelling in October? Consider one of these destinations from the experts at Lonely Planet Magazine:
There are few better ways to see the season in its full glory than a leaf-peeping road trip through New England. Head for Maine's Acadia National Park, taking in the fishing village of Bar Harbor en route, for an unforgettable palette of natural splendour.
Carrying on with the foliage theme, autumn in Japan is a good time to travel, with pleasant temperatures and soothing colours; the autumn foliage pattern reverses that of the sakura (cherry blossoms), starting in the north sometime in October and peaking across most of Honshū around November.
A place with such unique appeal as Venice will always be busy, but October nicely strikes the balance between mild-ish weather and a lapse in the tourist flood. To really beat the crowds, try a walk around the Piazza San Marco at dawn.
West Country, England
It's apple-picking season in Somerset and Herefordshire - time for tranquil orchards, snuffling pigs and lashings of cider. Head for Burrow Hill farm in Martock for a great introduction to the traditions of this most ancient of drinks (ciderbrandy.co.uk).
Where to avoid: Thailand
Imagine how fantastic Thailand can be - turquoise seas, white sands, cocktails on the beach. In October, flip-reverse that image - raging, black waters, gluey mud, torrential rain. Not so much fun now, eh? Wait a couple of months for the end of the monsoon.
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