In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s way too easy to feel burnt out and overlook the importance of taking a break. With family obligations typically in focus this time of year, planning a November vacation might not be the first thing on your mind.
But this month is actually an ideal time to travel, even if it’s only a short vacation. Whether it’s the thrill of a spontaneous road trip or an international adventure, the act of travel, even in small doses, is powerful in nurturing mental health. With stress and seasonal blues rampant in November, the remedy may lie in the open road and discovering new parts of the world.
You could even combine the traditional seasonal get-togethers with travel by inviting your friends or family to come along for a shared experience beyond the dinner table. So, pack your bags, hit the road and let November be the month you give yourself and loved ones the experience of a lifetime!
3 TOP PLACES TO TRAVEL TO IN NOVEMBER
Looking for inspiration for where to travel this November? A change of scenery — be it in the bustling streets of a city or in the serene landscapes of a national park — provides an opportunity to hit the mental reset button. Here are three destinations that are perfect to visit this month.
- New York City
A visit to New York City in November is sure to be memorable with the grandeur of the world’s largest marathon, the iconic Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony and the breathtaking fall foliage of Central Park.
And don’t forget about the legendary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Accommodation tip: Pick a place with mesmerizing views of the Empire State Building.
- Northern Thailand
November marks the end of Thailand’s rainy season, so Phuket, Bangkok, Khao Lak and Chiang Mai are all ideal to visit.
If you’re usually freezing where you live in November, just picture yourself snorkeling in the clear waters of Phuket, lounging on the sun-kissed beaches of Khao Lak or embarking on jungle adventures in Chiang Mai’s mountainous terrain instead.
Accommodation tip: One of the most popular places to stay in November is near the Monkey Banquet at Lopburi.
- Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Patagonia is one of Earth’s most breathtaking destinations, with Torres del Paine National Park in Chile boasting some of the region’s most impressive landscapes.
A must-do is the renowned O Circuit, a hike celebrated for its awe-inspiring rock formations, an expansive ice field and unparalleled vistas.
November marks the beginning of the tourism season in Patagonia, aligning with the Southern Hemisphere’s kick-off to summer. This means excellent weather in Torres del Paine (but thankfully, November has fewer crowds compared to December and January).
Accommodation tip: Think you’ll be stuck camping if you go to a National Park? You won’t! Beyond camping and glamping, there are luxury lodges, hotels, hostels and farm stays.
Plan your November escape with Navé … it’s not too late!
6 ROAD TRIP PACKING TIPS
November is one of the most popular months to take a road trip! Think you can get to one of these destinations or another of your choice by car? Don’t let the challenge of packing stop you. The struggle to fit everything in your vehicle is very real, but we have a list of our best tips to optimize your car’s space and make your road trip more hassle-free.
Tip 1: Bring the Essentials
Beyond clothes and personal items, certain essentials are crucial for a smooth road trip experience. Ensure you have a spare tire in good condition, a functional tire jack and a well-stocked first aid kit. Water jugs, an umbrella, USB cables and hand sanitizer are good to have, too.
Tip 2: Roll Clothes, Don’t Fold, to Optimize Space
Clothing tends to dominate your luggage space. Get packing cubes to keep different types of clothes organized and together. Then, take it a step further by adopting the roll-not-fold method, which can save space and minimize wrinkles.
Tip 3: Use Space Bags for Bulky Items
For bulky items, such as pillows or puffy coats, invest in space-saving vacuum-sealed bags. These reusable bags reduce the volume of these items by removing excess air, allowing you to maximize your car’s storage space.
Tip 4: Utilize Every Nook and Cranny
When’s the last time you took advantage of that space under your seat? You can stash extra shoes under there, and other small things, too. Don’t forget about the glovebox and center console either.
Tip 5: Bring Large Plastic Tubs for Organization
A set of plastic storage tubs can be used for organizing everything you pack. They also help you when you need to carry items from your vehicle into your accommodation. For example, use larger tubs for that puffy jacket that’s not fitting in your suitcase and smaller ones to tote around your cell phone charger and water bottle.
Tip 6: Have a “Go Bag”
Introduce a “go bag” strategy into your next road trip to streamline your daily routine. This bag, containing a few days’ worth of clothes, shoes and toiletries, saves you from the constant packing and unpacking. Once used, you can swap the clothes, and have a new set ready for the next destination. This is especially handy if you’re going hiking or camping!
Most importantly, don’t forget to rest along the way at one of the many accommodations that Navé can get you for a fraction of the price.
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