Autumn is a great time to enjoy the mild temperature and the beautiful changing landscapes in nature with a long, refreshing walk before the cold winter months settle in.
So, lace up your walking shoes and get ready to take in some fresh air with 7 of the best destinations across the globe to discover on foot.
1. Coles Bay, Australia
Highly endorsed by Booking.com travellers for beach walks, the seaside town of Coles Bay is a beautiful destination surrounded by imposing pink granite mountains overlooking the blue waters of Oyster Bay. The gorgeous Freycinet National Park is a short drive away and travellers can embark on everything from a relaxing walk to an intense hiking experience at this Tasmanian heaven. May is 36% more affordable than the most expensive time of year.
2. National Park, New Zealand
The small town of National Park is a popular starting point to visit Tongariro National Park, one of New Zealand’s oldest national parks and home to three active volcanoes and multiple striking lakes. The nearby Whanganui National Park is a gem for canoeing and kayaking as well as nature walks by the river. April is 21% more affordable than the peak price of the year so head out before the temperatures drop and don’t miss the iconic ‘Bridge to Nowhere’, a concrete road bridge surrounded by forests.
3. Stormsrivier, South Africa
The small village of Stormsriver is close to the Tsitsikamma National Park and the Storms River Mouth, a starting point for the magnificent Otter hiking trail, and the Dolphin Trail. Cross the spectacular suspension bridge over Storms River, one of the most loved attractions in Tsitsikamma region, or if you love adventure try zip-lining in the forest. May is 27% more affordable than the most expensive time of the year.
4. Pedra Azul, Brazil
The stunning granite rock formations at Pedra Azul along with the natural beauty around them are perfect for trekking any time of year. Hire a local guide and hike up to the natural pools carved inside the rock or just enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna at the Pedra Azul State Park. April is 23% more affordable than the peak price of the year and while the chance of rain is still present, the chances decreases throughout the month.
5. Esquel, Argentina
Set on the foot of the Andes Mountains, the town of Esquel is a great base to explore the Los Alerces National Park with the gorgeous lakes and the lush greenery. The park is considered to be one of the most beautiful ones in Patagonia and is ideal for nature walks and fishing. May is 24% more affordable than the most expensive month of the year.
6. Sidemen, Indonesia
Sideman is a valley featuring terraced rice hills against the dramatic backdrop of the volcanic Gunung Agung. Highly endorsed by Booking.com travellers for its scenery and tranquillity, this peaceful destination is perfect for long nature walks along the rice fields and through the beautiful valleys. April is 27% more affordable than the most expensive month of the year and you also have a good chance of avoiding the rainy season.
7. Franz Josef, New Zealand
The small town of Franz Josef is a tourist attraction thanks to its proximity to the glacier. The glacier is open all year round, but in the autumn the crowds thin out, giving way to a more peaceful walk. May is 50% more affordable than the most expensive month of year but temperatures are still mild enough to do the glacier walk.