Summer might be waning in most parts of the world, but travel does not have to be curtailed with the season's change. In fact, some people find it more lucrative to travel in during the Fall season, as in many countries the kids are back at school and popular tourist destinations are less busy. Of course, there will be things you want to visit and places to see, but you might want to plan your trip around a festival for a unique experience. Attending a festival can provide you with a unique cultural perspective, enable you to maybe hear some local music, meet people and feed your interests all at the same time.
Those booking European travel have many festivals from which to choose. The world-renowned beer festival, Oktoberfest, will take place in Munich starting mid-September, according to an article from Conde Nast Traveler which rounds up the top festivals around the world. There will be plenty of great food and drink to be found. And the added bonus? Munich is a beautiful, historic city.
If you'd rather be near the water, head down south to South Africa and attend the Hermanus Whale Festival for some whale-watching and marine environmental activities. Dubbed "the only eco-marine festival in South Africa," the village of Hermanus will play host to a three-day eco-tourism celebration. Watch some migrating whales and learn about efforts to save them from extinction, check out the marine themed eco village and be sure to check out some of the live music and entertainment.
Visit the Loopallu festival near Edinburgh for a two-day affair at the end of September to watch waterfront concerts and dine on local seafood such as oysters and fish and chips. If you are looking for events in October, there are ample festivals from which to choose. Head to Australia for the Melbourne Festival in October which runs for three weeks. The gathering unites theatre, music and artists for those looking for a busy and thoroughly stimulating experience.
In terms of festivals that are several days long, it is not always necessary to plan an entire trip around the event. You can always see some music, check out a few performances or just wander around the grounds (with a valid ticket) without the experience taking up all your time. Attending one of the many festivals will provide an unique look into a new country, and you might even make some friends during your time there.
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