Around the World in Autumn Days
Autumn, or what is also known as ‘Fall’, is many things. It is the dreamy scent of a bonfire on the crisp night air. It is blazing leaves turning colours on trees. It is saying adieu to the blistering heat of summer. For the savvy adventurer, autumn is the choicest season to explore. A classic road trip or a beach break may happen at a moment’s notice, but a walk down winding streets lined with the flaming leaves of the season happens only in October. And following closely on the heels of the onset of this vibrant season, are Fall festivals around the world. And to make things easier for you, let Indiana Travels plan your perfect Fall getaway to some of the choicest locations!
October in Europe will most likely conjure up images of Oktoberfest. While this month heralds the festival that beer-lovers wait for all year-round, experience the true spirit of autumn a bit later on in the month. Head over to Tuscany in neighbouring Italy to experience Fall at its most beautiful. This time of the year is chock full of post-harvest celebrations. Food festivals absorb you in mushrooms, truffles, sausage, and the ever-prevalent wine.
Indiana recommends taking a stroll through Piazza Matteotti on the 4th Sunday of the month to savour the Organic and Artisan Market to the foot-tapping sounds of local music. For a more once-in-a-lifetime experience and a mouth full of flavours the Festa Della Castagna (The Vallerana Chestnut Festival), Tartufo Bianco E Vino Novo in Palaia will be just the right fit for you.
Farmers’ Markets of Tuscany
Looking for more than just epicurean pleasures? Then picturesque clifftop villages or tourist-free coves on coasts that are warm with lingering sunshine, are ripe for exploring all over Italy.
Cross the Atlantic and enter the land where October is synonymous with Halloween. A trip to the United States of America this time of the year is bound to leave you with a lifetime of memories. Rows of houses spruced up, pumpkins carved to real-life perfection, and spooky celebrations occur across the country. The air is thick with revelry and trick-or-treating. We say, embrace the witchcraft and take a holiday in America on the last week of this month.
Indiana recommends a stopover to the spookiest city in the county – New Orleans – with its haunted hotels, ghost tours to the French Quarter and the Krewe of Boo parade.
The Halloween Krewe of Boo parade at New Orleans, USA.
Looking for a more outdoorsy Fall experience? Then a road trip to New England is in the books for you. Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire flourish in fall. Encounter foliage full of vibrant reds, yellows, and orange to nourish both the soul and the eyes.
For those looking for an unusual Fall holiday, our last selection is just a bit further down South and just up your alley. On the first two days of November, Mexico City celebrates Dia de Los Muertos or the Day of the Dead. True celebrations however, begin from the last week of October. Meant for remembering those who have crossed this mortal coil, the entire city is a giant party with denizens dressed up in terrifying costumes and parading through the streets with giant skulls – celebrating the Halloween of the Latin world.
Dia de Los Muertos celebrations at Mexico City
Indiana recommends visiting a little early to take part in traditions where the locals invite you to their home for pan de muerto, a type of sweet bread. The celebrations carry on to cemeteries where gravestones are decorated, and endless rounds of tequila are poured.
When your feet grow itchy, and you want to make a last-gasp escape from the impending winter, let fall colours be your guide. With Indiana, you get to check out far-away and exotic places that captivate with autumnal perfumes, hues, and food, without the hassle of planning it all.
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