If you’re planning a holiday towards the end of the year, then there’s plenty of destinations to enjoy. Head to Japan
in October for its spectacular red leaf season, known as koyo or momiji. Admire the blazing red leaves of the Japanese maples and chow down on some udon noodles and fresh sushi or teppanyaki as you venture from the dazzling lights of Tokyo to the ancient capital of Kyoto. October to November is also one of the best times for clear views of Mount Fuji.
Eastern Canada is also a popular choice for leaf peeping, with dazzling displays of crimson red and golden yellow leaves as the aspens reveal their autumnal foliage to all who venture beneath.
Of course, Europe is a must from late November to December for its magical Christmas Markets. Enjoy a festive river cruise through Europe and stop by the wooden stalls in Nuremberg, Cologne and Vienna for handmade gifts, baubles, and artisan goods for loved ones back home. If you’re lucky you may even enjoy a white Christmas with a sprinkling of snow.
For a holiday slightly closer to home, then a Mekong river cruise
through Vietnam and Cambodia is equally worth considering. Visit ancient temples, be blessed by monks and tantalise your tastebuds with an abundance of Vietnamese and Cambodian delicacies. And if you’re brave enough you could even try tarantula! If time allows, spend a few extra nights in Ho Chi Minh City before or after your cruise to really soak up the historic sights with highlights including the Opera House, City Hall and the Reunification Palace, the city’s most iconic building.