The time of year when we all want to make the most of those last rays of sunshine before mid-winter draws in is here. And there is no doubt that you all must be looking forward to spend your October half term holidays at a beautiful destination.

Be it the last of the sun’s rays in the UAE you want to catch, the thrilling adventure in the USA you wish to delight in or the perfect beach escape in the Indian Ocean you dream of, here we’ve compiled the list of five wonderful destinations to spend October half-term family holidays:



With the most impressive skyline and the tallest building in the world – Burj Khalifa, Dubai has become one of the top holiday destinations in the world. Springing up from the Arabian Desert, the beauty of the city knows no bounds. From skiing in the desert to shopping at the world’s best malls, and soaking the sun across 1,000 kms of coastline to spotting the biggest fountain display in the world, there’s a lot to do here in the city for travellers of all age groups.

Sri Lanka

Sprawling sandy beaches, underwater adventures and wildlife safari – all make Sri Lanka a wonderful holiday destination for people of all tastes. Though the island covers only an area of around 65,000 sq km, there’s a lot to explore and experience here. Be it whale watching on the southernmost point – Dondra Head, encountering an elephant in the Minneriya National Park or taking a ride through the rainforest of Sinharaja, you are sure to have an ideal adventurous time in the island. Besides, there are a number of ancient sculptures, old monasteries, stupas and age-old statues to discover the rich culture and history of the island.


Every year thousands of families visit Orlando, a city in Florida – the theme park capital of the world. You can consider Orlando to spend your October half-term holidays if you wish to experience the best of family fun in the USA. With 233 sunny days a year, several thrilling theme parks and various breathtaking sports and world-class spas, the city leaves no stone unturned in offering a perfect adventurous time. For shopping lovers, Orlando has a wide selection of outlet shopping malls and shopping centres that are worth visiting. Universal Studios and Disney’s Magic Kingdom are some of the popular theme parks one cannot miss spending a day at.


Most of us think of Mauritius as another island country with sandy beaches and clear waters, but there’s much more to it. Be it the history, nature, adventure or food, everything here is a delight to explore and experience. Often referred to as the pearl of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is quite popular across the world for its world-class diving and dolphin watching opportunities. Each beach in the island has its own characteristic and beauty; you can simply relax soaking up the Mauritian sun or can indulge in an array of water sports there. Besides, Port Louis, Charmarel, Grand Baie and Black River Gorges National Park are some of the must-visits here.


Another beautiful island nation in the Indian Ocean, Maldives is always a hit among holiday-makers. There are over a thousand magnificent islands and the 26 coral atolls filled with marine life attracting thousands of tourists every year. You can plan a visit to the island with your family and grab some peaceful moments while delighting in the breathtaking nature’s beauty and thrilling adventures. Be it relaxing on the beaches, swimming with the sharks, diving into the coral reef or cherishing Maldivian culture, there’s a lot for families to do here in Maldives. Meeru Island, Hukuru Miskiy and Hulhumalé are some of the major attractions of the island.

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