Autumn sunshine holidays 2014Hold on to the summer with an autumn sunshine break
Autumn is a fantastic time to jet off somewhere sunny. You don't need to go far to find better weather than British clouds, but it's not so hot in Europe that you'll need to hide in the shade. It's also much quieter than other times of the year, so you'll find cheaper travel and accommodation, whilst avoiding the mass crowds of summer!
This makes it ideal for sightseeing in France, the Canaries and Malta, but you have the bonus of guaranteed sunshine when on trips to Florida, Egypt and Queensland. Whether you want to top up your suntan or stretch your legs and adventure, autumn sunshine holidays are pretty hard to beat.
But where to stay when you jet off holiday? Well, booking private accommodation is one of the best options in autumn: not only do you save money by renting directly from the owner, but you enjoy the luxuries of having your own home away from home. Fancy your own private swimming pool, garden or terrace? Not a problem - simply select your desired guest facilities and find the property you've always dreamed of.
Top destinations for 2014 autumn sunshine holidays
Where better for autumn sunshine holidays than the sunshine state itself? Yes, Florida's a dream destination in every respect, with wonderful theme parks, beautiful coastlines, and plenty of exciting activities. But if Disneyland isn't your idea of an ideal getaway, why not try the North Gulf Coast? Just a few hours from Orlando, it boasts spectacular scenery, some of the world's finest beaches, and ample amounts of autumn sunshine.
The South of France is usually thought of as a summer destination: not only are temperatures high, but resorts become celebrity hot-spots. But autumn is a beautiful time to explore Provence, when towns are tranquil, temperatures reach 25°C, and beaches are blissfully peaceful. Try Carpenteras or Avignon for something a little different to St. Tropez: now characterised by friendly locals, small, intimate restaurants and balmy weather, what's all this fuss about summer?
The Canary Islands are great for autumn sunshine holidays: expect balmy temperatures of 29°C, and beautifully blue, warm seas. Lanzarote is possibly the hottest of all the Canaries - located just 70 kilometres from the Sahara Desert, you're guaranteed to perfect that sun tan. But Lanzarote's also a great destination when you want to explore, so grab your hiking boots and discover the island's volcanic terrain. It's at its best in Timanfaya National Park, where you'll experience truly unrivalled panoramas.
Egypt reaches highs of 31°C in autumn, so it's the best time to perfect that post-summer tan. It's also the ideal time to go diving off the coast: the sheer diversity of reefs is astounding, with areas suited to all levels of expertise. Spend a week on the Sinai Peninsula to take day trips to the St. Catherine's Monastery, or ride into the desert by camel with a stay in chic El Gouna. Wherever you decide to stay, Egypt's a winning destination for autumn sunshine holidays.
There's nowhere quite like Malta for autumn sunshine holidays. Strangely, the island experiences a sort of second spring during these few months, having been parched by the harsh climate of summer. You can expect warm seas, blue skies and lush, green landscapes, just perfect for enjoying outdoor activities. The best thing about Malta is that it's just three hours from the UK, so you won't have to endure long journeys for spectacular autumn sunshine. Spend a week in Paola or Mellieha, and you'll be planning to come back next year!
Queensland is a great destination for autumn sunshine holidays, particularly its magnificent Gold Coast. Famous for pristine beaches and excellent surfing opportunities, it also boasts the Australian Whale Sanctuary. There are plenty of tours here throughout the autumn, so why not treat yourself to a day watching wildlife? Of course, no trip's complete without seeing Australia's native inhabitants, and Brisbane's a fantastic destination from which to explore. From here, you can travel to Wacol in search of kangaroos, or even discover possums in the beautiful Boondall Wetlands.
If you're travelling with family and able to escape the bonds of school holidays, autumn sunshine breaks are fantastic. After the British weather's presumably let us down once again, we're all in need of some well-deserved sunshine! With promises of balmy weather, cheaper prices and seas warm enough to swim in, what's not to like?
Of course, while everything does become that little bit cheaper in autumn, package tour operators won't necessarily reflect that. But if you travel independently, you'll be amazed at the money you can save when booking no-frills flights and renting property directly from the owner. You'll also have the luxury of your own accommodation of course, as well as the ability to tailor your holiday to your needs.
So go ahead: treat yourself to autumn sunshine holidays with the help of HomeAway.