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With autumn now officially here, many of us will find our thoughts turning to the October half term and where to book a great last-minute break.

If you are craving some last rays of sun before winter kicks in, Cyprus is a great location to visit at this time of year. This is your best bet for some Mediterranean sunshine, as this lovely island is still getting round nine hours of solid sunshine in October, and the sea is still perfect for swimming as it retains its residual heat from the preceding long hot summer. The prettiest resorts are to be found on the west coast, and there is a whole wealth of villages and countryside to explore inland too.

If it’s proper tropical sun you’re after, then you can’t do any better that Mauritius in October, when the temperatures on this stunning Indian Ocean island are at their best. Temperatures hover in the eighties, but there is none of the humidity that characterises the summer months. If you are travelling with children, you’ll also be pleased to know that the time difference is only three hours, thus cutting down on the chance of jet lag making your little ones tired and irritable. This is a very popular time of year to visit Mauritius, so you would be advised book as soon as you can - there are still some great deals to be had.

If a city beak is what you fancy, why not consider Munich? This is a much-overlooked destination, which is strange because the city has so much to offer. With one of the most wonderful art collections in all Europe, some great architecture and, of course, the famous beer festival, this is a destination that offers something to all. If you do intend to visit during the beer festival, it’s as well to book early and try to find a central hotel so that you will be within easy walking distance of all the attractions.

If you want to stay closer to home, there are plenty of beautiful places in the UK to explore. While the Lake District can be rather wet during the summer months, in the autumn it tends to be brighter - if rather chilly. Cumbria is undoubtedly one of the most gorgeous destinations in the UK, and it is an ideal place to visit if you like active holidays. If you are unlucky enough to get caught by the rain, you can seek sanctuary in one of the traditional pubs that encircle the lakes, and dry off by a roaring log fire. It's the perfect way to spend an October afternoon.

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