If October half term is your last chance for a family holiday in 2014, you'll want to make sure you head for somewhere hot and sunny before the Christmas madness begins!
With the cold weather, no Bank Holidays until the end of the year and the days getting darker earlier, it's the perfect time to escape on an exotic adventure with the children. Portugal, Mauritius and North Cyprus are fantastic options for warm seas, long days at the beach and getting active with water sports.
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Culture vultures will love Jordan for its Roman ruins, epic scenery and delicious food, while those who fancy an all American getaway should look no further than Arizona, where the children can explore their surroundings on horseback, have fun with cookouts and campfires, and Tucson-inspired massages await the adults.
Whether you fancy a relaxing family holiday or an action-packed trip filled with exciting adventures, there are many destinations to experience sunshine, fewer crowds and hot weather in October.
Tuscany, for example, is perfect in October, when you can expect fewer crowds at the sites and warm temperatures of 20C. A villa is a great option for families, looking for freedom, plenty of outdoor space and stunning views.
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