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After a particularly devastating few months, the hurricane season in the Caribbean is coming to an end. However, the clean-up operation has far to go. Homes and infrastructure still need to be rebuilt in several of the affected areas. Puerto Rico, Cuba, Dominica, the US Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands, Saint Martin and Sint Maarten and the island of Barbuda (part of Antigua and Barbuda) are the worst affected. Relief operations are ongoing, but it will take a long time to restore normality to many of the devastated communities.
Cruise ships may re-route their scheduled journeys over the coming months. Some hotel accommodation may no longer be available, so be sure to check in advance of any trips. Otherwise, conditions will hopefully improve for the authorities and relief workers seeking help communities rebuild.
Elsewhere in the world, independence movements in both Iraqi Kurdistan and Catalonia faced clampdowns from their respective central governments in October so expect more protests and even violence in November, particularly around the disputed Iraqi territories. You can see our update on the Iraq-Kurdish confrontation here, as well as the Iraq page, including travel tips on the Kurdish region here.
The extremist group Daesh continues to lose major ground which is extremely positive, but expect survivors and sympathisers to go underground. The spectre of mass-casualty terrorist attacks by the group will remain a major concern, not just in Iraq and Syria, but the wider region and internationally, including Europe and North America.
Travellers should expect further unrest and violence in Kenya after the controversial polls held on the 26th October. This is one of the most visited and commented-on pages on the Starling site so be sure to check it in advance of any trips to the country.
Elections are also due to take place in a number of other parts of the world. Somaliland will hold presidential elections this month, Nepal will hold parliamentary elections, Chile and Honduras will hold (heated) general elections while further legislative polls are expected to take place in San Marino and the Falkland Islands (although the dates of these two have not yet been confirmed).
Finally, as the United States prepares for Thanksgiving, expect the calamity that has come to be associated with Black Friday. Not only does the day see frenetic shopping around certain retail establishments, it has also become a rallying point for anti-capitalist protesters. Expect demonstrations, internet attacks and website crashes, not just in the US, but across the world – especially Europe – around the day.
Cambodia: Water Festival
Somaliland: presidential elections
Jordan: Remembrance Day
Azerbaijan: Day of National Revival
Democratic Republic of Congo: Army Day
Czech Republic: Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day
Greece: Anniversary of 1973 Student Uprising
Slovakia: Revolution Day
Lebanon: Independence Day
Mongolia: Constitutional Day
Worldwide: Black Friday
Suriname: Independence Day
Venezuela: Anniversary of coup attempt
Liberia: Former President William V.S. Tubman’s birthday