Where to travel in October 2019

Emily Williams, dnata Travel’s resident globetrotter, reveals where to travel to this month

Yosemite National Park

A scenic four-hour drive from San Francisco takes you to Yosemite, a vast protected area of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Yosemite is home to granite cliffs, lakes, giant sequoia groves, glaciers, waterfalls and forests, which turn a mishmash of vibrant hues in the autumn months. A paradise for outdoor adventure seekers, it’s an idyllic spot for white-water rafting, hiking, rock climbing and horseback riding.

Highlights

1 Visit the Ansel Adams Gallery to view the Martino Hoss fine art exhibition, which captures the beauty of the majestic landscape (from 13 October to 16 November).

2 Hug one of the largest trees in the world, the enormous Grizzly Giant, which is thought to be over 2,000 years old.

3 Be mesmerised by the picture-perfect green foliage and cascading waters of Vernal Falls. 

Sarajevo

Tourists are flocking to see the scenic landscapes and charming towns of Bosnia and Herzegovina, including its culturally diverse capital, Sarajevo, which is tucked inside a valley and surrounded by mountains. Avoid the crowds by going in the autumn, when the ancient woodlands glow with shades of gold. Discover the museums and sample the lively nightlife before taking the three-hour drive to Mostar, where the iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge) sits. 

Highlights

1 For a bird’s eye view of the city, take the cable car up Trebević Mountain. If you’ve energy to burn, you can hike or mountain bike back down again. 

2 Pay a visit to the former Olympic Bobsleigh track, and take a stroll along the tubes adorned with funky street art. 

3 Admire the neo-Moorish architecture of Vijećnica (the City Hall) and venture inside to swot up on the history of the city and the building itself.

Colourful houses in Santiago, Chile
Colourful houses in Santiago, Chile. Photo: Getty Images.
Santiago

It’s springtime in Chile and the country is starting to blossom. Almost half the population lives in the cosmopolitan capital Santiago de Chile, a metropolis surrounded by the peaks of the Andes. Make like a local by shopping for locally-made goods at the popular Santa Lucia Artisan Fair, sampling delicious street foods from the food trucks, and watching the sun set from the tallest building in South America, Costanera Center.

Highlights

1 Watch the Changing of the Guard in front of La Moneda Palace for some historical fanfare.

2 Visit the home of Chile’s Nobel Prize winning poet, Pablo Neruda, and discover the quirky objects the artist collected throughout his life.

3 Foodies can follow their noses to Mercado Central marketplace to sample its famous lunchtime seafood dishes, such as custardy crab pie.

Giant bamboos in Mauritius
Giant bamboos in Mauritius. Photo: Getty Images
Mauritius

Stretches of white sand, turquoise lagoons and luxury resorts may spring to mind, but Mauritius is so much more than just a beach destination. Its mountainous scenery presents brilliant hiking opportunities, with unforgettable views of Le Morne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. What’s more, its coral reefs and centuries-old shipwrecks offer world-class diving, while its forests are home to precious wildlife, including the Mauritian flying fox.

Highlights

1 Check out the multi-coloured sand dunes of the town of Chamarel, a rare natural phenomenon that’s destined to be an Instagram hit.

2 Venture south of Port Louis to Eureka House, an ode to colonial living that’s now a fascinating museum.

3  Head north to the quaint town of Cap Malheureux and watch the fishermen making their living on the beach.

Photos: Getty Images

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