Quick get-aways to somewhere sunny seem to be top of every family’s list for October halfterm holidays. We have plenty of choice – even if you only have a week to spare.
Just a short plane ride, and yet a whole world away are North Africa and the Middle East. After the heat and crowds of the summer have died down, you are left with warm days which are perfect for exploring ancient sites such as Egypt's Pyramids at Giza or the magnificent Petra in Jordan. Or how about enjoying cultural experiences such as shopping in Morocco's traditional markets or riding a camel into the Sahara Desert.
Europe is holding on to the last of its sunshine, while Southern Africa is just coming in to spring time – with warm dry days and blossoming flowers.
All October 2013 half term holidays