Plan Your Year - November Guide

From the magical Diwali celebrations across India to witnessing the spectacular northern lights of Norway, Finland, Iceland and more, let’s take a look at the top picks for November!


Known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali is one of India’s biggest and most important holidays of the year. Taking place over five days, the celebration is a special time for religious rituals and sharing traditional stories. Firecrackers, earthen lamps, gifts and sweets are all part of Diwali and help to symbolise the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance." There’s no better time to visit India and truly uncover the wonderful culture through this beautiful festival and more!

Celebrate Diwali in India this year

Day of the Dead

Celebrated mostly in Mexico on November 1st and 2nd, the Day of the Dead is a joyful holiday which helps people remember the deceased and celebrate their memories. Seen as a family reunion, except dead ancestors are the guests of honour, the Day of the Dead sees the majority of Mexicans celebrate by visiting cemeteries, decorating graves and cooking traditional dishes. It’s also common to create altars known as ofrendas in their homes, in order to welcome the spirits. Head to Mexico this November to uncover the rich history, vibrant costumes and fascinating traditions of this joyous event.

Experience the Day of the Dead

The Northern Lights

November is one of the best months to witness the breathtaking display of the northern lights. With darker skies and earlier sunsets meaning longer evenings, Norway and Iceland are two of the most popular countries to visit during this period. Tromso is widely regarded as one of the best destinations to capture the dancing lights, as well as Iceland’s Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Embark on an expedition cruise and voyage along the majestic coastlines of the Arctic Circle, delve into the pristine Canadian wilderness in search of the northern lights in the night skies of Alberta, or venture to the heart of Lapland and go aurora-spotting by snowshoe, ski, snowmobile or dog sled.

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With harvest season in full swing, spectacular wildlife viewing and pleasant temperatures all around, November is an excellent month to visit the United States of America. Enjoy a plethora of outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, mountain driving and rock climbing. Head to the tropical paradise of Hawaii to witness the humpback whales arrive, hike the epic national parks of Yellowstone, Yosemite and Grand Canyon or enjoy California’s beaches without the crowds before making your way towards Napa Valley for some world-class wine tasting.

Explore the USA this November


With lush green landscapes, little rain with warm temperatures and fewer crowds before the high season starts in December, November is an ideal month to visit Mexico and uncover the many highlights it has to offer. Explore the Yucatán Peninsula, home to the ancient Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá, magical cenotes and the picturesque beaches of Tulum on the Caribbean coastline. Make the most of Mexico’s huge range of memorable excursions and outdoor activities on offer during this month. Enjoy wildlife viewing and zip-lining at Aktun Chen Park, swim and snorkel through the Cabo Pulmo Marine Reserve and explore the unique cave system of Rio Secreto.

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