Looking for a place to travel this November? We reveal a few top destinations to visit from a New York City break to an action packed South African road trip.
Extended Garden Route, South Africa.
The Garden Route is one of the best ways to introduce yourself to South Africa. It is an amazing self-drive trip covering a stunning stretch of coastline in the Eastern and Western Cape Provinces. The official starting point of the Garden Route is Mossel Bay to Storms River, however, we highly recommend stretching the route a little further, starting in Cape Town and flying home from Port Elizabeth.
There is nowhere quite like Cape Town. Its rich natural and cultural heritage is unique. Nestled among the majestic Table Mountain National Park and pristine white beaches lies a vibrant and lively city. Cape Town is home to world-class restaurants, hip markets and a thriving art scene. In our view however, to truly appreciate modern day Cape Town, a visit to Robben Island and The District Six Museum are poignant reminders of what the city has experienced and what has shaped it to become the place it is today. Cape Town is not only a melting pot of people, it is a melting pot of emotions. It is beautiful, inspiring, challenging and sobering, the mixture of which keeps you returning time and time again.
Past Cape Town’s borders a world of adventure awaits. Stunning vineyards, mountain ranges, national parks, charming towns and rugged coastlines. A sprinkling of bungy jumping, kayaking, game drives, penguin spotting all thrown in for good measure! Your TripMapper itinerary will help you plan for and budget this epic SA adventure!
Great time to visit (weather): Year round, with spring (September to November) and autumn (April to May) ideal almost everywhere.
New York City, United States of America.
New York City is a buzzing, trendsetting, multicultural metropolis. The Big Apple is an unforgettable city and a feast for the senses. You'll be blown away by its flourishing art scene, culinary delights, soaring skyscrapers, endless shopping opportunities and lively nightlife. Take it from us, TripMapper’s budgeting tool will come in very handy!
The majority of New York’s best known tourist attractions can be found in Manhattan. Spend your morning catching incredible city views from the Rockefeller Center’s Top of the Rock before admiring the striking collections at The Met, MoMA or Guggenheim. For lunch why not feast on a delicious pizza slice in Little Italy or grab a bagel on the go? Your afternoon could be spent browsing boutiques in SoHo or learning the history of Ellis Island. After dark, if Broadway doesn’t beckon, there is an abundance of Michelin-starred restaurants to choose from.
The city’s four outer boroughs, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island, have plenty of their own charm and flavour. Brooklyn entertains multitudes and the fantastic views of the city’s landscape are unparalleled. Queens' food scene will satisfy every taste and is home to stunning flora at Queens Botanical Garden. The Bronx is the birthplace of hip-hop and home to the New York Yankees. Staten Island, the borough of parks, has miles of beaches, architectural landmarks and incredible views of New York Harbor.
Take a trip to New York City and you’ll see why it’s nicknamed ‘the city that never sleeps’.
Great time to visit (weather): From April to June and September to November, temperatures are mild and pleasant.
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
When visiting the United Arab Emirates, a trip to the capital is a must! Abu Dhabi is an energetic and cosmopolitan city with an astonishing blend of Arabian tradition and innovation. With its opulent architecture, dynamic arts scene, ostentatious shopping, theme parks and stirring sand dunes, Abu Dhabi is a destination for fun and luxury.
If art and architecture are your thing, head to the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Louvre Abu Dhabi is an architectural masterpiece housing a captivating collection which celebrates the contemporary Arab world and the region’s vibrant multicultural heritage. Your next stop must be the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, a marvel of modern Islamic architecture and one of Abu Dhabi’s most iconic landmarks. You will be inspired by its beauty and gain a deeper understanding of the emirate’s cultural beliefs.
Your next stop will take you away from the ultra modern landmarks to an area of fascinating archaeological and historical remains. Jebel Hafit Desert Park boasts majestic natural surroundings where you can discover remains that tell stories of the Neolithic period from 8,000 years ago, to the 5,000-year-old Jebel Hafit Tombs.
If your visit to Jebel Hafit left you wanting to explore, the vast and undulating Empty Quarter desert sands are an enchanting destination. Head here for dune bashing, desert walks and camel trekking. End your day with a sunset Bedouin dinner, before gazing blissfully at the blanket of stars above.
If dune bashing is just scratching the surface for the thrill seekers amongst us, Yas Island will continue to scratch that itch. Splash away at Yas Waterworld; enjoy speed and thrills at Ferrari World; and immerse yourself in entertainment shows and state of the art rides at Warner Bros. World.
After the adrenalin has worn off, perhaps a relax at one of Abu Dhabi’s beaches is much needed! Corniche, with its powdery white beaches and generous promenade, or Saadiyat beach, are the best public options.
Finish your Abu Dhabi experience by immersing yourself in nature, on land and on sea. Arabian Wildlife Park, located on Sir Bani Yas Island, is one of the region’s largest wildlife reserves home to more than 17,000 free-roaming animals, including Arabian oryx, gazelles, giraffes, hyenas and cheetahs.
Just outside Abu Dhabi city centre is the sprawling Mangrove National Park. A real haven for nature lovers, the mangroves are home to a surprising variety of inhabitants. Keep your eyes peeled for flamingos, heron and turtles as you explore the waterways by kayak.
Great time to visit (weather): Late October to late February.
India’s Golden Triangle, the route between Dehli, Agra and Jaipur, is a fantastic introduction to the sights of the country. The triangle’s third corner, Jaipur, is the gateway of Rajasthan, the land of the Maharajas and a land to explore.
Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital, is as mesmerising as it is colourful and chaotic. At its heart lies the ‘Pink City’, the old walled quarter, where you’ll stumble upon the splendours of Jaipur’s majestic past including the Hawa Mahal and the impressive City Palace.
The leafier area south of the ‘Pink City’ is home to the Ram Niwas Gardens while the city’s outskirts are dotted with intriguing relics, most notably Nahargarh Fort, the cenotaphs at Royal Gaitor and Galtaji Temple, which is home to hundreds of monkeys! About 11km northeast of Jaipur is Amber Fort, a formidable fort overlooking Maota Lake.
Jodhpur is another of Rajasthan’s colourful cities. The ‘Blue City’ is centred on a labyrinthine old walled town, whose mass of blue houses is overlooked by the imposing Mehrangarh Fort. Jodhpur is also gateway to the Thar Desert where villages are home to desert dwellers.
Striking architecture and colourful cities are not the only jewels in Rajasthan’s treasure chest. Ranthambore National Park, a beautiful national park, is another precious gem. Ranthambore boasts a rich wildlife population, including tigers and leopards who roam through the deciduous forest ornamented with crumbling remains. The park’s other highlights include Padam Talao lake and Ranthambore Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Great time to visit (weather): October to February.
Editor's note: During COVID-19 there are restrictions on travel. Check the latest guidance before booking and departing and always follow local health guidance.