There are few greater pleasures in life than stealing a few days out of your work week to take off on a city break or a seaside holiday. And although the summer sun might already have faded, this does not mean vacation season is over.
Autumn breaks are a particularly good choice as most locations tend to be much quieter in the off-season, which means you won’t have to contend with crowds like you would in the summer.
However, planning autumn breaks can often be a bit of a mixed bag. From changeable weather to towns that are dead once the off-season hits, choosing the perfect destination for an autumn break is no simple feat.
With that said, in this article we will give you a few tips, tricks and considerations to keep in mind when you start planning your upcoming autumn break, which will, hopefully, help you to avoid common travel pitfalls.
Plan your location
Although it might seem like an obvious consideration, choosing the right location for your autumn break is absolutely essential.
It’s important to remember that autumn – caught as it is between summer and winter – can be quite a changeable season weather-wise. So, it can often be a bit of a toss-up in terms of what the best destination may be.
While nowhere in Europe is likely to have summer-like weather into the autumn, there are a few locations in the Mediterranean that will stay reasonably warm and temperate at least into the early winter.
If you are planning a trip for early autumn, one of the beachside locations might work to catch some of the fading summer sun. But the deeper you get into autumn, the more likely it will be that a city break might be a better option.
Plan activities for your flight
Another important element of planning for your upcoming autumn break is choosing some activities to keep you occupied during your flight.
This will ultimately depend on how far you are travelling. Don’t forget that if your trip is on the shorter side, you might not have in-flight entertainment. This is the case on many European flights, which tend not to have any entertainment options available.
If this is the case, we would recommend pre-downloading some activities to your phone or tablet to ensure you don’t get caught out. While books are always a solid choice, we find that reading on an aeroplane can be difficult at the best of times, let alone when you get stuck behind a screaming toddler for four hours!
If in-flight wifi is available, it might be worth the cost. And if you do choose to invest, you can easily keep yourself entertained by checking out the latest sports news on sports portals such as WSN.com or logging into your sportsbook account to see if the sweepstakes has come good yet.
Depending on where in the world you are travelling to, packing for an autumn break can often be a bit of a challenge.
On the one hand, there is a very real chance that you might enjoy some remarkably temperate, late summer temperatures, while on the other, you run the risk of being rained on for five days straight.
With that said, when you are packing for an autumn trip, it is important to give yourself lots of options, as well as clothing choices that can easily be changed depending on the weather.
Thinking about your outfits in terms of layers is a great way of building your autumn break wardrobe. This will give you the option to layer up or down, depending on the temperature that day. Similarly, a light rain jacket is always preferable as it will provide you with the protection you need from the rain, without adding the bulk of a winter coat.
Changeable weather can make or break an autumn trip. And for this reason, you should always plan ahead and plan smart!
Choose your footwear wisely
As an extension of planning smart when it comes to your clothes, choosing the right footwear is an equally important decision to make in advance of your trip.
What counts as appropriate footwear will, of course, depend on the kind of trip you are taking.
For example, there is a huge difference between the kind of footwear you will need on a coastal holiday versus a city break. In the case of the former, a pair of flip flops or light sports shoes might suffice, whereas a city break will require something a little more sturdy. And if you intend doing any amount of sightseeing, make sure you take shoes that you can comfortably walk in for the whole day.
Footwear is a particularly important consideration in autumn, given that the weather can be so changeable, but a solid autumn shoe is something light that should still withstand a bit of rain.