If you’re fortunate enough to find yourself with a little time off this Autumn, then why not make the most of it and plan a vacation?
When you open up the whole world, then there’s something exciting going on every day of the year! These are some of my personal favourite spots to visit during Autumn.
From trips as far-flung as bright and colourful Mexico to cheering on a sports team a little closer to home, there’s something to suit just about everyone.
Arts and Sports in Houston
A visit to Houston may seem like an unusual holiday choice at first, but there’s a whole lot going on there this Autumn! For sports fans, the college football teams are going great guns at the moment, so it’s worth checking out the upcoming Cougars game.
The team is tipped to do well in this year’s league, and there’s no atmosphere quite as electric as in the stands supporting the winning team.
Get yourself a hot dog and a foam finger, and get involved! I never had myself down as a football goer, until my first game—after that, I was hooked!
If you’re not a sports fan then Houston could still be a fun destination for your Autumn trip.
The brilliant Via Colori festival sets up downtown towards the end of November each year—this year it’s on the 23rd and 24th.
On Hermann Square, you’ll find three live music stages, as well as plenty of food and drink stalls. The real draw here, though, is the art!
More than 200 artists, both local and international, create enormous chalk murals on the sidewalk. Tickets are only $10, and almost all of the fee goes straight to charity, so you can have a great day out and do some good.
Pirate Week Festival, Cayman Islands
This is a great one for the young at heart. Pirate Week is the largest celebration in the Cayman Islands, bringing around 35,000 visitors to see the events.
The whole celebration kicks off with two huge ships landing in George Town harbour and pirates pouring off the boat and capturing the Governor.
Watching the whole thing unfold is an absolute joy, as a new twist is planned each year, but is always just as hilarious as the last.
There’s plenty of different events going on throughout the islands—usually around 30 in total. Whilst I would dearly love to go through each and every one of them, I’ll stick to the big hitters.
The float parade is truly a sight to behold; it has a real carnival feel as hundreds of floats take to the streets to a steel pan soundtrack and great cannons of glitter.
The underwater treasure hunt is also great fun, whether you’re a spectator or a participant—and it’s sure to crack a smile from even the most miserable!
Of course, the Cayman Islands are home to fantastic Caribbean cuisine, so expect street food stalls lining every parade, with everything from ocean-fresh fish, to juicy jerk barbecue.
Come with an empty stomach and leave full of food and happiness—and covered in glitter.
Dia de Muertos, Janitzio, Mexico
Now I know what you’re thinking, surely Mexico City is the place to be for this spooky celebration? And, in a way, you’d be partly right.
Mexico City is undoubtedly a great place to spend the ‘Day of the Dead’— it’s bright and colourful and has a real carnival atmosphere. However, there’s a much smaller island location that celebrates
Dia de Muertos is one of the most beautiful ways I’ve ever seen. Janitzio is a very small island in Patzcuaro Lake, where an indigenous group lives.
They take the celebrations more seriously here, making food as offerings for the spirits and leaving marigolds out on altars.
The most spectacular sight is when the fishermen come out late at night in their rowing boats, with torches and beacons lighting up the lake.
You feel transported back to a simpler time, and it becomes obvious just how long this wonderful tradition has been alive for.