Fall is my favorite time to travel. There is something about the cooling of the weather, the leaves falling and the tourists deserting the monuments that makes fall my favorite time to travel. Fall has always been my favorite season so its really no surprise that its my favorite time to travel. My birthday is in the fall and I have always identified with the idea of fall ushering in a fresh start and new adventures. It is always great to be somewhere new on my birthday and I am just glad it occurs in the fall.
Overall though (and my birthday aside) fall is a great time to travel; the fall months, especially October and November, are fringe months so often times prices are lower and temperatures are lower (in the northern hemisphere at least) but the weather is usually still really nice wherever you go. In the southern hemisphere October and November are Spring so you are still in the fringe season before the heat really sets in. Also prices are lower all around, Alex and I have been able to visit some pretty amazing places because the prices were lower in the fall.
Traveling in fall also means that you can start to see cities turn on their Christmas charm. Many European cities have Christmas Markets that go up in November with amazing local food and winter desserts. They also will have some type of warm delicious alcoholic beverage such as mulled wine and spiked chocolate. One of the best things about travel in fall is the warm cinnamon and sugar rolled bread you can find all over Eastern Europe, it happens to pair very nicely with palinka too.
My favorite travel photos to take are in the fall. The changing colors of the leaves combined with the softening sunlight can produce stunning photos even for amateurs like me. Fall is a magical time of year when the weather cools down, you can explore a city by yourself, the leaves change and it becomes perfectly acceptable to spend your time in a pub when you get a little chilly. If you have not had a chance to explore a new place in the fall I would go now. Go explore somewhere new in the fall!
If you liked this article about our fall travels check out some of the other places we have been to in the fall: