So with the final few days of summer winding down, I can already hear my sun-worshipping buddies crying from across the world. Yes, fall is upon us in the Northern Hemisphere of this fragile blue marble we call Earth. And what more, there’s nothing you can do about it but embrace it and make the most out of it!

With that in mind, I’ve set out to find the most awe-inspiring locations that you can visit this fall if you’re willing to do some travelling in order to relish the crisp, cooler breeze, the foliage turning all shades of burnt orange, to yellow, and everything in between. So, what are these awesome destinations where you’d experience the beauty of fall with all of your senses? Let’s just say, you’re in for a surprise.

Bavaria, Germany

Germany you say? To admire the beauty of nature? Well, let’s not forget that apart from the more industrial cities found mostly in the central and northern parts of the country, south, is where the beautiful province of Bavaria lies. Synonymous with BMW, Octoberfest, sausages, beer, leather shorts, and did I say beer??
The reason that Bavaria is one of Germany’s most popular travel destinations is a mix of the breathtaking scenery including pristine lakes and majestic mountains. Historical buildings, museums, castles, palaces and more manicured gardens that you can shake a stick at in Munich, the largest city in Bavaria is itself somewhat different in character compared to other parts of Germany which are the powerhouse of innovation, production of precision machinery, automobiles, aircraft and more. While Bavaria boasts its own world famous luxury car brand, BMW, it nonetheless is a region of the country where you feel that life ebbs and flows at a somewhat slower, more relaxed pace. The perfect type of place to explore, sample the local cuisine and wine, take part in the Octoberfest (if you’re lucky enough to find a space!), and do so much more.

Lake Como, Italy

Lake Como, or as I like to call it “heaven on Earth” is quite possibly one of the most picture-perfect destinations in the world. Located in Lombardy, in the north of Italy, it is a serpentine lake surrounded by majestic mountains and spotted with some of the most expensive lake side villas and other real-estate on planet Earth. Whether you’re looking for a hiking trip around the lake, a luxurious stay in one of its many uber-swanky boutique hotels, or to rent a cute Airbnb, you will be blown away every time you glance out of your window at the lake, the majestic mountains, the chic restaurants and amazing hiking trails, you’ll realize that this is one of the best places on Earth for someone who wants to destress while taking in the surreal scenery. What’s more, if you miss the city life during your stay, you can just as easily hop on a train or rent a car and make your way to some magical medieval towns such as Florence, Sienna, Luca, and many more!
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Cote d’Azur, Southeast France.

One of the true gems of the Mediterranean, the Cote d’Azur, or French Riviera as many of us English-speaking folk would call it has something for everyone. What’s most amazing about the riviera is that it is dotted with towns, cities, villages, ports, museums, points of interest and of course, the Azure coloured Mediterranean see! Several large(ish) cities include Nice, Cannes, Antibes, Grasse, Menton, St.Tropez and so many more. Each city has its own vibe and feel, with some like Cannes being known for their swanky hotels, restaurants and nightlife, meanwhile Antibes, a mere 15 minute drive away is a medieval port town which sports the world’s largest Mega-Yacht club, open to pedestrians and dreamers alike! Inside the old city of Antibes, Restaurants, cafés, art exhibitions, and a generally lively, fun atmosphere make it a great place to spend some time, whatever your age group. My personal favorite, Nice, is a large city where you’ll find great shopping, pedestrian only zones with endless restaurants, cafes, bars, nightclubs, parks, and live performances virtually any time of the year. It’s got to be experienced to understand just how different it is being able to sample a different city, each with its own character, every night.
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Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia

If going for a long hike while admiring the awe-inspiring beauty of mother nature is your thing, then the Cabot trail in Nova Scotia is something you should definitely add to your bucket list. Old growth forests, hidden waterfalls and secluded beaches as a few of the delights that await you in this majestic slice of Atlantic Canada. Not only is the nature incredible, you’ll be pleased to know that this area has some of the best restaurants and cuisine, with shellfish netted right off the shores of the north Atlantic. Whether you love oysters or a piping hot clam chowder, you’ll never run out of culinary options here.
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Depending on your budget and preferences, you’ll also find a wide range of lodging, from high-end beachfront resort hotels to quaint, cozy Airbnb’s offered up by warm hosts, while the well-known maritime accent may make it feel that much more authentic!

Kyoto, Japan

One of Japan’s major cities, Kyoto is known for having a slightly slower pace of life than its much larger sibling Tokyo. Apart from the slower pace of life, Kyoto, which was once the capital of Japan is today considered as its cultural capital. You won’t run out of Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines or even amazing hiking trails. The city’s slower pace of life may deem it to be more inviting for those of you who are intimidated by Tokyo’s uber-fast pace. In addition to that, Kyoto is known for its more traditional and superb restaurants, so if you’re a fan of everything Japanese, don’t forget to add Kyoto to your list!