Hooray, it’s October and my favourite season, autumn, is officially here! Skies are still beautifully blue but I’ve dug out slippers and sofa-blankets, and I’ve thought about collecting blackberries and conkers with my daughter (but am yet to actually action this).
But if swapping flip-flops for trainers saddens you, chase the sun to northern Africa. Our other Destination Focus this month is Morocco, a massive i-e staff favourite. Just a 4-hour flight from the UK, it’s a world away in terms of exoticism, with its colourful souks, authentic culture and amazing food. And there’s so much to see. Marrakech is perennially popular, a jostling mecca for shopping; the delightful fishing port of Essaouira with its cool cafes and chilled vibe; Fes, the spiritual core of the country, home to some of Africa’s finest mosques; the bewitching Sahara Desert, the towering High Atlas mountains, and hidden kasbahs and Berber villages. Best of all, it remains an incredibly affordable country to visit – cheap flights and amazing-value hotels.