Right after Labor Day, summer’s last official holiday, and before the craziness that the upcoming winter holiday rush will bring, is that time of the year where travelers can find amazing deals to popular destinations.
“October is a popular month for travel,” Marsha Souder’s, president of Prestige Travel told CNN. “It’s less crowded, cooler weather and has affordable pricing to many interesting destinations.”
Often referred to as “shoulder season,” traveling in October means that you can expect a discount from the high prices from the peak summer season.
Here are 5 places around the world you should consider visiting this October:
Guatemala City, Guatemala
For years, Guatemala City has been long for criminal activity but the city’s reputation has been changing over the last few years.
Known for its Mayan history and beautiful scenery, Guatemala City is a fascinating city in Central America that does not get enough credit.
Its colonial architecture is breath-taking, there are some fascinating museums where you can explore Mayan history, excellent markets, and a musical hotspot.
Head to Skyscanner, where you can find flights for as low as $130 round-trip.
If you’re longing for a Caribbean destination this October but cautious because of hurricane season, there are a few destinations that you can travel to, and Curacao is one of those destinations.
Its close proximity to South America means that Curacao is generally out of the path of Caribbean hurricanes.
The country’s layered history combined with its melting pot of cultures makes it one of the best vacations in the Caribbean.
Palermo is the capital of the Italian island of Sicily and home to one of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful coastlines.
On average, a trip to Sicily can cost anywhere from $800 and $1,500.
But throughout the month of October, flight prices start as low as $394 round-trip on Skyscanner.
During your visit, explore the Palermo Cathedral, Capella Palatina, and Palazzo dei Normanni.
Lima is a bustling metropolis and one of South America’s largest cities. Most of the country is experiencing the last of the dry season and it’s a great time to experience City Beach in Miraflores.
If you plan to travel around the country, you’re in luck as Peru is quite festive all-month long.
Festivals will vary between different cities but some of the most popular include, Dia de la Marinera, Battle of Angamos, Piura Jubilee Week, and Fiesta Patronal de Santa Úrsula.
Flights to Lima are running for as low as $367 from various U.S. cities, according to Skyscanner.
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Situated on the southern Atlantic coast of Côte d’Ivoire is the beautiful city of Abidjan. Even though Yamoussoukro is the country’s official capital city, Abidjan holds its position as Ivory Coast’s major commercial and banking hub.
There’s a lot to see and do in Abidjan, including a visit to the markets, art galleries, modern landmarks such as La Pyramided and St. Paul’s Cathedral, and of eating your way through the delicious street food vendors.
Flights from various cities, including New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C. will have you in Abidjan for as low as $580, according to Skyscanner.