The global pandemic and lockdown that followed impacted travelling abroad for many, but with more countries opening up and restrictions easing, the opportunity to jet away this October is finally here.
So, where is hot in October and most importantly, where can I fly to from Belfast International airport?
Here are the 8 best places to fly to from Belfast International Airport in October.
Known for its otherworldly appearance, Lanzarote boasts year round sunshine and a warm, mild climate, whatever the time of year. In October you can expect highs of 26°C, which is ideal for escaping the first frosts at home. An ideal choice for families, Lanzarote has over 100 beaches to choose from and is home to three waterparks.
Known for its hot summers and mild winters, Zante is the ideal destination for October with highs of 24°C. There are plenty of activities to explore on the island, including scuba diving, jet skiing or cycling. One of Zante's most famous sites is a shipwreck located off the west coast of the island which can only be accessed by sea, if visiting, make sure to include a detour to the Blue Caves.
With highs of 21°C and up to 6 hours a day of sunshine, Nice is the ideal choice for a city break in the sun during October. The city in the French Riviera, boasts a bustling old town with cafes, restaurants and boutiques, set alongside charming traditional streets. Enjoy lazy afternoons choosing from one of the 20 public beaches Nice has to offer and spend your evenings strolling along the Promenade des Anglais. The biggest draw to Nice is its location to other destinations, with Monte Carlo, Monaco, Cannes and Antibes all a train ride away.
Another edition for the Canary Islands, Tenerife is a firm favourite thanks to its warm climate, plentiful beaches and family orientated atmosphere. Offering 7 hours of sunshine in October, with highs of 26.6°C, winter layers will be a thing of the past. The largest island of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is home to Spain's highest peak, the Teide Volcano, which is also a World Heritage Site. For anyone wishing to climb to the summit it takes around 6 hours, but those wanting a more relaxed pace there is also a cable car option, which will get you there in a few minutes.