So summer is finally over, and you know what that means – it’s comfy sweater season! Oh yes, the sizzling summer months have finally waned, and given way to a cooler time of the year, a season full of beautiful sights, sounds, and smells that never fail to put a smile on our face. With that said, autumn is not just perfect for sipping on that delicious pumpkin spice latte, as this is also the perfect time of year to have yourself a restorative fall vacation.

Just imagine walking down one of those autumn-leaf-laden roads somewhere deep in the tranquil countryside as you’re soaking in the chill autumn morn, or exploring the historic quarter of a new city as the mild autumn breeze whizzes past your ears and the faint hint of cinnamon rolls from around your corner teases your senses. And while all that is going on – no-one so much as glances in the direction of you and your partner, let alone gives you an all too familiar nasty look. Ok, enough fantasizing, here are the four tips on how to organize yourself an unforgettable queer vacation – fall version. 

Research fun fall activities

Autumn is a very festive season, so there’s plenty to see and do wherever you go – you just need to do a bit of research through a good travel magazine before you hit the road in order to discover those fun activities to fill your time with. Now, the activities you choose will greatly depend on the nature of your trip; however, there are some beautiful spots that blossom during the fall season and are known to be gay-friendly, so you don’t have to worry about getting romantic in public with your significant other. 

If you’re more of a city type and have nothing against experiencing the beauty of fall as it graces the cobbles, the marvelous architecture, and the busy vibe – look no further than New York. There, you can enjoy a nice glass of wine as you look at people pass by without giving you or your partner ‘the look’. However, if the smog happens to be too much for you and your lungs have grown a taste for something far fresher than the New York air, then maybe you can pick a countryside where you won’t be bothered. 

Plan out a nature escapade

Yes, if a truly peaceful and restorative fall vacation is what you’re looking for, something far away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, then you should consider organizing a nature escapade for you and your family. There’s nothing quite like booking a secluded woodland cabin as the vibrant autumn colors start to appear, but you need to come prepared if you’re heading deep into the great outdoors.

Keep in mind that woodland lodges and cabins have their unique ecosystems and air quality, something you or your family members might not be used to, which might cause allergic reactions. Be sure to research air purifiers for allergies before you go, and check if the lodge already has an air purifier or if you need to bring your own, because you want to avoid allergic reactions or prevent health concerns in the case that any of your family members have asthma or similar conditions. This is a common problem many people overlook when booking their stay in the great outdoors, so be sure to take every precaution. 

Europe is your friend

Urban exploration is one of the best and most exciting ways to spend your fall vacation days, and for a number of compelling reasons. Now that the outside temperatures are finally back to normal, you can finally explore the bustling urban beehives and soak in all of their autumn splendor. But you have to be quick to book your flight if you’re planning on making a visit to one of your dream destinations, because people from all over the world are making their fall vacation plans as well.

Some of the most popular cities to explore in the fall are, of course, Paris, Bruges, Rome or Florence, Prague, Budapest, Istanbul, Lisbon, and Copenhagen, to name a few. And that’s just in Europe. Mind you, these are all popular destinations, and for a good reason, and the cities are visually as fall-friendly as the people will be towards you and your boo. If you’re looking to make like-minded friends and explore queer events, Europe will be a ton of fun for you and your boo. 

Pack according to the weather and destination

Next, it’s important that you pack according to the weather and the destination, as you want to be able to enjoy your vacation as much as possible. You can expect the city to be much warmer than the great outdoors, so you can pack lighter clothes and bring your favorite pieces for when you’re out exploring the city. That said, fall in nature can oftentimes feel like winter, especially when the sun sets, so be sure to pack some of your winter clothes as well, and don’t forget to bring all of the necessary outdoor gear for camping and hiking. 

Whether you’re a lover of those sizzling summer vibes, or if the colder months of the year are the seasons you’re most excited about, there is no denying that fall is just perfect for a quick getaway. Be sure to use these tips to plan out the perfect autumn vacation with your loved ones.