Julia Jackson’s Top 2017 Fall Travel Destinations

Fall Travel Picks - Wings Journal - Julia Jackson

Summer has been in full swing for awhile now and as we quickly approach the beginning of August we can’t help but turn our thoughts toward Autumn. The season is a great time to see the world, both the locations close to you and those further away. It is the last time for people in many locations, to take in the beautiful warm sunshine and pretty fall foliage before the cold of winter arrives. And, traveling to see all that the world has to offer becomes more affordable as hotels begin to slash their peak season rates.

Traveling the US

Road trip in the US - Wings Journal - Julia Jackson

There are so many captivating places to visit in North America in the fall. From coast to coast there are destinations you won’t want to miss, such as experiencing the crisp ocean air coming off the ocean while driving up the east coast. The historical colonial towns will be surrounded by beautiful fall foliage. Or, venture out into the Great Smoky Mountains and stay in a cabin that provides astounding views of the surrounding area.

Great Smokey Mountains - Wings Journal - Julia Jackson

Hit the road to see the west coast during this time and enjoy the changing colors of the leaves with the snow-capped mountains in the distance, or take part in the fall festivals from state to state with barbecue competitions and chili cook-offs. Take a wagon ride into a pumpkin patch and allow yourself to enjoy the taste of fall – apple cider and donuts. Get lost in a corn maze and work together as a family to find your way out.

Autumn travel plans

While America has so many amazing destinations to visit this fall, don’t limit yourself to the borders of the country. There are destinations around the world that can create unforgettable vacations for you this fall. So, before you settle into your traditional autumn travel plans take a look at these destinations around the world that just might be calling your name:

Mayan Civilization, Ruins and Culture

Mayan Culture & Ruins - Wings Journal - Julia Jackson

Autumn is a great time to visit Chichén Itzá, one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico. It displays multi architectural styles of Chenes and Puuc of the Northern Maya lowlands. You will be mesmerized by the incredible detail that you can see in the ruins that were constructed over 1400 years ago. Being one of the largest mythical Mayan cities, it attracts hundreds of curious travelers each day from around the world.

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead, Mexico - Wings Journal - Julia Jackson

We celebrate Halloween at the end of October in America, but the Day of the Dead is celebrated on November 1st in Mexico. You can take part in this festival of skulls, skeletons, masks, music, and customers. While Halloween is celebrated on a larger scale by children in the United State, the Day of the Dead is a way for Mexicans to remember their deceased loved ones through graveyard rituals. If you want to witness these rituals you will want to stop at the islands of Janitzio and Xochimilco.

Festival of the Horned One – Italy

If you are suffering from heartbreak this autumn you should plan a trip near Rome to Rocca Canterano on the second Saturday of November. They hold the Festival of the Horned One for those that have been betrayed in love. Take part as people wear helmets with horns and costumes as they parade through the streets while crying and singing to symbolize their lost love.

Don’t forget to make a trip to see Tivoli’s waterfalls and the Colosseum in the center of Rome. It provides a perfect blend of nature’s beauty and historical architecture.

Capability Brown’s Gardens, England

Capability Brown's Garden, England - Wings Journal - Julia Jackson

September and October are a great time to visit the landscaped gardens that were created by the 18th-century landscape designer, Lancelot Brown. You can view these at the Blenheim Palace, Stowe, Warwick and Sherborne Castles, Harewood House, and many other locations around the area.

The Sherborne Castle is one of his greatest designs. It is a 50-acre lake that has sprawling trees and sweeping lawns. Brown’s gardens have a style of smooth undulating grass, belts, trees, and serpentine lakes. They are peaceful and serene.

Masurian Lakeland of Poland

Masurian Lakelands, Poland - Wings Journal - Julia Jackson

September and October create the perfect time to visit the Masurian Lakeland and Pisz Forest in Poland. The region provides the perfect iamge of traditional country life. The Masurian Lakeland is a chain of over 2,000 lakes. You can see beautiful blue rippling waters with both swans and storks. The Pisz Forest provides a nature lovers paradise. It holds deer, wolves, and wild boar. The fall foliage provides the perfect backdrop for hiking the area.


Seychelles Islands - Wings Journal - Julia Jackson

If you are looking to rejuvenate your body and soul plan a visit to the Seychelles. It consists of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean. There is a bio-reserve that preserves some rare wildlife in the area, including the giant Aldabra tortoise. If you plan a fall trip to this destination you can partake in everything from diving and snorkeling to birdwatching in the mountain rainforests of the Morne Seychellois National Park.


Rhodes, Greece - Wings Journal - Julia Jackson

Rhodes is the largest of Greece’s Dodecanese islands and is famous for its great beach resorts, antiquity, and the Crusades remnants. Its medieval Old Town provides many sightseeing opportunities with several narrow alleys, Ottoman mansions, and peaceful squares. The Petaloudes, otherwise known as the Butterfly Valley, is the most visited tourist spot, and if you head 8km south, you will find the hot medicinal springs of Kalithea.

Burj Khalifa of Dubai

Burj Khalifa, Dubai - Wings Journal - Julia Jackson

If you aren’t ready to enjoy the cooler weather head to Dubai in November. You can enjoy the hot weather and then take breaks to escape from the heat within the Burj Khalifa, which is an ultra modern architectural wonder. The Dubai Fountain is fascinating and has jets and lights that are choreographed to haunting musical notes. The city is full of culture, shopping, and nightlife.

Morocco’s Marrakech

Marrakech, Morocco - Wings Journal - Julia Jackson

If you are looking for something that is cooler than Dubai, head to Marrakech in Morocco. It stays a little cooler thanks to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The destination is favorite of many tourists as it has a mix of Berber, Arabian, and European culture. If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind shopping experience you can hit the marketplaces at the Djemaa el-Fina Square. You can browse through ceramics, jewelry, lanterns, and similar items. However, if history is what you are after you will want to take the time to see the Kasbah of the Udayas, which is a 12th-century fort overlooking the sea.

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey - Wings Journal - Julia Jackson

With an average temperature of 15°C in November, Turkey’s city of Istanbul straddles Europe and Asia along the Bosphorus Strait. The city cherishes a culture that has metamorphosed through the influences of many earlier empires. Apart from the centuries old Sultanahmet and the Roman-era Hippodrome where the rulers held the chariot races, the Byzantine Hagia Sophia still boasts of a soaring 6th-century dome and unique Christian mosaics.


Mauritius - Wings Journal - Julia Jackson

Lying off the coast of East Africa is the beautiful volcanic island of Mauritius, and it offers warm weather throughout the fall. If you love nature you will delight in the serene beaches, lagoons, and reefs of the island. Visit the rainforests of Black River Gorges National Park to see hike along rushing waterfalls.

Yangon-The land of pagodas

Yangon, Shwedagon Pagodas - Wings Journal - Julia Jackson

The largest city in Myanmar, Yangon, has a mix of British colonial and modern architecture, along with the Buddhist pagodas. You can view Buddhist relics at the Botataung and Sule pagodas. Another popular attraction among tourist is the Great Dagon Pagoda. There are more tourists coming to this city since the military rule has relaxed recently.


Bali, Indonesia - Wings Journal - Julia Jackson

Bali offers tourist many opportunities to heal their mind and body at several yoga and meditation retreats. You can take in the black-sand beaches, coral reefs, volcanic mountains, and forests. There are several popular attractions to visit including the Cliffside Uluwatu Temple, Kuta beach, and the resort towns of Seminyak, Sanur, and Nusa Dua.

Zhangye Danxia Rainbow Landforms of Gansu, China

Zhangye Danxia Rainbow Landforms of Gansu, China - Wings Journal - Julia Jackson

The Gansu Zhagye National GeoPark expands for almost 80,000 acres. The compressed red sandstone and mineral deposits over millions of years create unique rainbow formations over rolling mountain tops. This phenomenon is something that you don’t want to be missed. the park is located within Zhangye city.

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand Yi Peng Festival - Wings Journal - Julia Jackson

The affordability and activities of Chiang Mai attract many travel bloggers, digital nomads, and entrepreneurs. The city has become a sort of hub for conferences and meetings. Visit in November and you can celebrate the Yi Peng Festival where they pay their respects to Buddha by releasing thousands of candle-lit colored lamps into the night sky.

Trekking in the Himalayas

Trekking in the Himalyas - Wings Journal - Julia Jackson

If you are looking for a little adventure head to the Himalayas this November. It is an exceptional month to explore and take in the splendid vistas of Mount Everest and the surrounding mountain peaks. Fall is a popular time for tourism in the surrounding countries of Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet.

Pokhara, Nepal

Pokhara, Nepal - Wings Journal - Julia Jackson

The city of Pokhara on Phewa Lake in Nepal is a beautiful and enchanting city. It is the gateway to the Annapurna Circuit, which is the great Himalayan trail. The city is situated 827m above sea level and offers stunning panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks. Witness the passing mule trains that are camped on the outskirts of town as they carry goods to the remote regions of the Himalayas.

Bhutan, Asia – Tourist Paradise

Bhutan, Asia - Wings Journal - Julia Jackson

While you are visiting the Himalayas you can visit one of the smallest countries in the world, Bhutan. It is loaded with a rich cultural history. In Bhutan, you can witness festivals that locals participate in to honor deities and ward off misfortunes.

If you are interested in seeing more of what nature has to offer you will enjoy the flourishing flora and fauna that thrives in this area. It is considered one of the most biologically diverse regions on earth. The land is diverse. The northern regions of Bhutan are snowy mountains and glaciers, while the central and south regions have dense subtropical forests inhabited by hundreds of rare and endangered bird species.

Tibet, the roof of the World and Potala Palace

Tibet, Roof of the World - Wings Journal - Julia Jackson

The Tibetan Plateau is known as the “Roof of the World” thanks to its peaks and high altitude. You can see the Potala Palace, which was previously the residence of the Dalai Lama, and the Jokhang Temple, which holds golden statues of the young Buddha. If you want to visit Tibet you will need to hire a licensed guide to help you navigate the varying conditions of the changing climate.

The landscapes of Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay, Vietnam - Wings Journal - Julia Jackson

Vietnam is known for wonderful beaches, rivers, and being home to many Buddhist pagodas. The capital city is home to the Vietnamese War Musem and the marble mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh. A visit during cool weather allows you a great climate for exploring all that the diverse city has to offer.

The Philippines, the land of tribal pride

The Philippines, Paoay Church - Wings Journal - Julia Jackson

The Philippines is made up of over 7,000 different islands. It houses the 17th-century San Agustin Church and Fort Santiago. The capital of the Philippines, Manila, sits directly on the water providing beautiful views. The country has become a diverse place with pride from past tribes mixed with Catholicism and modern pop-culture.

Rajasthan, the land of kings

Rajasthan, India - Wings Journal - Julia Jackson

If you are looking for something unique during your traveling this fall plan a trip to see the floating palaces and forts located in India’s Rajasthan, the Land of Kings. You can see remnants of colonial rule and the Mughals at the capital city of Jaipur. There are many reserves that provide protection for local wildlife. You can see the extreme climate conditions of Mount Abu, a thorn forest at Aravali, and the wetlands of Bharatpur, along with the desert sanctuary of Jaisalmer.

As you can see there are amazing places to visit all around the world. Whether you are looking for a mountainous adventure or a relaxing week of yoga on the beach. The world is full of rich culture and history that is just waiting for you to explore it. This fall provides a great opportunity to take in all that is out there just waiting to be found.

About Julia Jackson

Julia Jackson - Jackson Family Wines - Wings Journal

Julia Jackson has always had a strong passion for the wine industry. With her parents being the owners of Jackson Family Wines, Julia grew up among the vineyards from a young age. It was always a part of her life. In the vineyards, she began a friendship with one of the winemakers’ daughters. The girl spoke French and this helped Julia develop a life long interest in France. A trip to the country only grew her love for it and she returned after college to study French business in the wine industry.

Julia Jackson - Jackson Family Wines Propreietor - Wings Journal

Jackson Family Wines has wineries in 6 different countries. Julia is working with international sales to spread the family wines to locations all around the world. Along with wine-making the family is passionate about giving back and sustainability.

About the Author

Julia Jackson
Julia Jackson is a proprietor of her family's business, Jackson Family Wines in Geyserville, CA. She has extensive experience in travel - both for pleasure and business - with a special love for France and anywhere that indulges in her passion and profession, wine.Julia works hand in hand with Seeds of Empowerment, a charity founded by Cambria (a label that Jackson Family Wines produces). This charity was founded with the mission to empower women and give those who have overcome great adversity a place to share their stories and encourage others in their journey.

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