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As the memories of summer fade, the nights draw in and the temperature plummets, we may find our thoughts turning to where we can get a dose of sun to lift our spirits. 
Don’t fall into the trap of believing that, if you fly long-haul, the weather is bound to be good at this time of year. In some cases you may be greeted by the rainy season or temperatures so intense that they do not make for a relaxing break. 
If the Caribbean is on your wish list, do bear in mind that October is at the tail end of the stormy season there. Generally speaking, the most pleasant and least humid months to plan a trip there are between January and April. If you are after a bargain, you could risk May, when the prices are significantly lower and the weather fairly reliable. 
Florida is a classic location for a great family holiday in the sun. If you are visiting during the winter, you should remember that while the days are normally lovely and warm, the evenings can be pretty chilly. If you are heading to Orlando, travelling between April and June will see the best all-round conditions - albeit also with the most expensive flights and accommodation. This is especially pertinent if you travel during the school holidays. Miami is normally a fair bit warmer than Orlando, and the peak season there is between December and April - so great for a Christmas break if you have been saving your pennies.
Mauritius is a perfect paradise, popular with honeymooners, couples and families. The best time to experience this gorgeous island is in October and November - at this time of year the temperatures do not soar and there is little rain. April and May run a close second. If at all possible, try to avoid January, February and March as this is when the heavy rains fall. June and July are normally pleasant, but the temperature does drop quite sharply at night. Throughout the year, the winds can be pretty brisk - while often a welcome relief from the high temperatures, this can make you more prone to sunburn. 
If Thailand is your dream destination, it pays to plan carefully. The top time to travel is during the UK winter - particularly if you are bound for Phuket. For resorts on the east coast, including Koh Samui, the very best conditions are during February and March. Before then you may find yourself experiencing the best the monsoon season can throw at you. Generally speaking, it is between May and October that most rain will fall.

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