I don't think many people view Autumn as the most ideal time to travel, but for me, it's always been a real pleasure traveling when the temperatures are mild and everyone has gone back to school. My mom is really big into foliage and the turning of the leaves, while I've only just begun to truly appreciate the beauty that is the changing Earth. When I travel, I look for the experience, you know, the relaxation, the adventure, or the time spent with my family. History also plays a big role when searching for that next travel location. However, now I really want to find a good medium when it comes to travel, blending both my desire for the adventure or historical aspects with the seasonal changes that only come around once a year.
Seeing as Fall is just a month away and I'm always looking/planning/dreaming of my next trip, I thought I'd share some travel destinations/trips I think are most ideal during this cooler time of the year.
Lake Louise, Canada
If you haven't heard of this dreamy Canadian location, well now you have. I came across this through Instagram of all places and naturally fell in love with it's beauty. Located in Southwest Alberta, this idyllic lake, surrounded by snow-capped mountains and turning leaves, is perfect for anyone looking for a romantic (is hosts a slew of weddings) destination, or for those who love nature and mountain getaways. To me, Autumn seems like the perfect time to visit because, duh, the turning of leaves and the surrounding lake region won't be covered in snow.
Most people don't associate the color orange with Scotland- except if you're thinking of the gorgeous hair color connected to Scots. To me, when I think Scotland, green takes over my mind. But after doing some research, parts of this historic land does change color for the season. In fact, the best time to see the fiery glories of fall foliage in Scotland starts at the end of September. With tourism slowing in Fall and the weather cooling, some say the latter months of the year are the best time to visit Scotland.
The major thing that draws me to Iceland is the Northern Lights. I mean, who doesn't want to see that wonder? And in Iceland, September is the month when The Northern Lights make their first appearance. Iceland can get dark and cold in the Winter, so Autumn is a great time to get to do most of the activities that are available in the Summer, while also enjoying the turning leaves and Northern Lights. Kind of the best of both travel experiences, if you ask me.
I've actually been to London in October and absolutely loved it. The weather was cool, crisp and sunny, for the most part. I got to experience the wonder of the city, while still enjoying the colors, flavors, and weather of Fall. My favorite memory from that time was sitting in a tea shop and looking out the window at all the people, just living their lives. London is such a culturally rich and historical city, with more than enough to see and do, taking a break to just sit and enjoy the scenery is the real travel experience.
Where would you want to go this Autumn if given the chance... what's on you travel bucket list? And where have you traveled in Fall that you just absolutely loved?? I'd love to know!