Don’t forget, some of the best European adventures take place on our own doorstep – and the autumn means typically busy homegrown destinations, including Cornwall, suddenly become affordable (and not over-crowded). An October to November visit to the southwest corner of England brings much-appreciated tourism income to the region when visitor numbers are low – and while there might be a few more clouds in the sky, the journey south is just as spectacular. The Night Riviera Sleeper leaves London at 11.45pm, only reaching those famous St Ives clifftops around 7am – giving you plenty of time to enjoy being rocked into a deep slumber en route. The final part of the journey can be taken by bus – settling you in to the traditional Cornish way of life.
How to get there: Great Western Railway’s Night Riviera Sleeper runs from London Paddington to St Erth, Great Western Railways run from St Erth to St Ives. The journey takes 8 hours and 18 minutes, with prices between £32 and £75.50pp for a twin cabin.