Rain is one thing the UK has in abundance.
From the dreich of Dundee to the wet and wild weather of Wycombe, it’s a country renowned for its damp climate – not to mention its inhabitants’ rather peculiar fondness for discussing the finer points of meteorology.
For some sun-starved Brits, however, the seemingly constant drizzle of Dear Old Blighty – and even the most casual reference to rain – is enough to make them storm the Met Office in an attempt to garrotte a weatherman.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Wherever you are in the UK, you can escape the clutches of another bleak autumn by sunning yourself in one of these top destinations. For the purposes of this article, we drove to Gatwick (we used a Gatwick meet and greet service to drive straight to the terminal to begin our journey.
1. Abu Dhabi
Head to Abu Dhabi in October and you’ll typically enjoy temperatures in the 30s as you make your way around the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Whilst it’s most famous for its oil exports, the only oil you’ll be interested in during your stay is suntan oil.
When you’re not busy sunning yourself, however, the city has a number of scintillating tourist hotspots. For our money, the best places to visit are Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Saadiyat Island and, if you’re looking for some gifts to take home, check out Marina Mall.
The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife has long been a popular holiday spot for sunseeking Brits – and its agreeable climate attracts visitors all year round, with most flocking to Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas.
Head there in October and you’ll enjoy temperatures in the 20s. During your stay, be sure to check out the island’s selection of stunning beaches and head to Teide National Park, which is home to the highest mountain in Spain.
3. Addis Ababa
It may not be the first destination that springs to mind when you’re looking for some autumn sun, but Ethiopia’s bustling capital is a veritable melting pot of culture and contains countless sights for the discerning tourist.
For instance, check out the National Museum of Ethiopia, which houses a smorgasbord of artistic treasures, as well as some of the world’s most important archaeological finds, including the remains of Lucy, the partial skeleton of a specimen of Australopithecus afarensis.
What do you think?
Where are your favourite places to visit to escape the doom and gloom of Blighty in the autumn? Perhaps you’ve visited one of the above? Whatever your story, please let us know by leaving a comment below – we’d love to hear from you.