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If you are already bewailing the end of the summer, don’t despair! Channel your energies into planning the perfect October half-term getaway. Heading to the sun in the autumn months is a great way of boosting your mood ahead of the dark days of mid-winter.

There are plenty of destinations that offer the perfect sun-drenched escape at this time of year, boasting golden sandy beaches and fantastic facilities for kids of all ages. For the sunniest holiday, you could opt to venture outside Europe, such as to South Africa, Mauritius, the Middle East or even the beautiful Seychelles.

If you prefer to say closer to home, plenty of Mediterranean resorts offer pretty fair weather in October. The Canary Islands, being the furthest south, are probably your best bet if you are a sun worshipper. Europe is an extremely child-friendly continent, and many resorts in popular countries such as France and Italy have very good facilities for kids of all ages.

If you pine for the really hot sun of the Middle East, Oman or Dubai should tick all the boxes on your dream-holiday checklist. Resorts in these countries are set up for some of the best customer service on the planet, and their facilities are second to none in terms of pampering, sports, leisure and cuisine.

Mauritius is one of those destinations that will simply take your breath away. Turquoise seas, white sandy beaches and gently swaying palms are the backdrop to a break that is guaranteed to relax you. This a very friendly island, and the locals will go out of their way to make you feel at home. Many of the resorts are all-inclusive, meaning that you will have nothing to worry about, apart from whether to hang out by the pool or on the beach.

Nature lovers flock to Sri Lanka to try to catch a glimpse of the many exotic types of wildlife that live there. The stunning west coast is dotted with picture-perfect beaches backed by blue lagoons, with some great resorts that blend seamlessly into the landscape.

For a taste of the truly exotic, you could consider heading to Thailand. Beautiful beaches and a wonderful culture are just two of the features which entice visitors from across the world to visit year after year. A family holiday in Thailand will most certainly be an experience that you will never forget, and for all the right reasons.

If you like to explore whilst on holiday, Egypt offers everything you could wish for terms of fascinating history. And it also boasts some of the best beaches in the world, which provide the perfect place to catch a few rays after a busy day soaking up the unique culture and epic history of this unique destination.

Finally, don’t overlook the possibility of visiting South Africa this October half term. This is the perfect way to introduce your family to the charms of the continent, with the advantage that the time difference is a mere two hours, meaning that you will not lose valuable hours recovering from your jet lag.

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