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Autumn’s best destinations for a post-summer break

28 SEPTEMBER 2012 There are lots of reasons why you’d choose to go away in autumn. A glamorous city break, a beach holiday away from the crowds, or just as an excuse to treat yourself after buying some new luggage from Antler.

If you’re already pining for some time away as summer peters out, take a look at our guide to the top destinations for an autumn break.

 

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Dublin
Autumn is the perfect time for a short city break away in Dublin. You can get cheap flights from a number of UK airports, while all you really need in the way of baggage is cabin sized luggage. It’ll save you money on the airfare and you’ll have everything you need for a few days away. The pubs will be much quieter away from the summer stag and hen dos, whilst the city itself has much quieter, atmospheric feel. If you enjoy Halloween this is a great time to head to the Emerald Isle, as it’s where it’s thought to originate from, with the Pooka’s Labyrinth Halloween parade taking place through the streets of the city.

New England
It’s probably not the first destination that springs to mind when planning a trip across the Atlantic, but to really appreciate the beauty of autumn (or fall as they say over there) there’s nothing quite like New England. You can drive scenic State Route 169 parallel to the Rhode Island border, head to Vermont or visit the beautiful White Mountains Region of New Hampshire. The colours of the foliage are the epitome of the autumn whilst the stunning coastline offers a retreat away from the summer crowds.

Turkey
Summer 2012 cemented Turkey as one of the top destinations for British holidaymakers; looking for some summer sun on a budget, with the crowds in many of the top resorts testament to its continuing popularity. If you’re looking for crystal clear water and white sand, but without the crowds, autumn is the best time of year to visit. The temperatures are a more manageable 30°C and the all-inclusive budget tourists are gone - head to some smaller fishing villages along the Turquoise coast for an authentic Turkish experience. Istanbul in autumn offers an alternative destination full of culture and some of the most intriguing buildings in Europe, including Hagia Sofia and the Blue Mosque.

Egypt
Similarly to Turkey, the Red Sea resorts of Egypt offer an autumn break by the beach. Temperatures will still be high, the beaches a little less crowded but all with a feel of a summer holiday. Those heading to the country’s biggest resort Sharm-el-Sheikh will find some of the best diving in the world amongst the dazzling coral reefs, a stunning array of resorts and great nightlife. It’s not all about Sharm, however, with other top resorts such as Marsa Alam and Makadi Bay. The cooler temperatures also make it an ideal time of year for a Nile cruise or a visit to the Pyramids, as well as the lower volume of tourists.

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