Before the year turns to the fall calendar, September is a nice time to plan a vacation. Kids are back in school, the vacation rush is winding down, temperatures are starting to cool, there’s more availability in popular summer spots, and rates for hotels and airfares start to drop.
Destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia are cooling off, and popular tourist spots like the Grand Canyon and Barcelona have fewer crowds at their top attractions. Bucket-list locations like Zimbabwe are in the dry season, making it a perfect month for an African safari.
Introduction To To Travel In September?
Many believe that September is the best time to travel without the crowds that plague popular spots in July and August. In the USA, summer is winding down, making it easier to navigate the busy roads and find vacation deals.
Europeans are also escaping the summer heat, with many choosing to leave for their beach vacations in early August. It’s a great month to be in Europe, or anyplace that has a Mediterranean-like climate where summers are hot and winters are mild.
The tourism board at the city of Barcelona, Spain, is putting out a web campaign in an attempt to re-brand Barcelona as a year-round destination by enticing travelers to visit in September. In the USA, tourism officials in Texas, Virginia, and Vermont, are encouraging tourists to beat the summer crowds by visiting in September instead.
The beaches of Bermuda are breezy and uncrowded in September. Hotels along the coast, such as the Fairmont Southampton known for its spa, are offering discounts and special packages.
If you are looking to travel off of the beaten path, September can be an ideal time to go. When I visited Turkey in September, I saw only a handful of other tourists and experienced the country in a much more authentic way. I avoided crowds at the ancient ruins of Ephesus and experienced a magnificent sunset at the ruins of ancient Aphrodisias, the world’s best-preserved structure from the Roman Empire.
Traveling In September Is Best For Europe
Europe is a great destination to visit in September because it’s still warm in the Mediterranean climate and temperatures in the northern latitudes are warm enough to venture into the mountains. Spain and France are particularly good during the fall because the crowds have largely left for their beach vacations. The crowds will return in the spring, making September a great time to visit.
The cities of Milan and Bologna are great for art lovers. Milan is considered the design capital of the world, and many of the top designers have their shows in September, making it easier to get into the city.
If you want to escape the summer weather, the delightful city of Porto in Portugal is a great place to visit. Along the waterfront, grand 15th-century palaces overlook the São João River. The streets are filled with cafes and wine bars, making it easy to enjoy a lazy evening as you admire the architecture and listen to the chatter. Porto retains the feel of a medieval village, but its mosaic of ancient buildings is a treasure trove of art, architecture, and culture.
Traveling In September is Ideal For Southern Hemisphere
Paradise cove is a great way to travel in September with smaller crowds and significantly cheaper prices.
The southern hemisphere has a unique season to focus on in September, as many top destinations are in the dry season, which reduces crowding around the best attractions. In September, the dry season takes place in Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Australia and New Zealand are both in their warm season, making it an ideal time to discover the country.
In Australia, the town of Port Douglas is a great place to visit to because it offers great weather and loads of outdoor adventure. It’s also home to a community of people who have transformed the town into a resort town with yachts, waterfront restaurants, designer shopping, and exclusive homes. It’s far from the hectic crowds of the Gold Coast or Brisbane.
If you’re looking for a unique attraction, Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is a great place to visit. It’s one of the top destinations in Australia, but it’s less popular in September because of the heat. Uluru is a unique site because it’s one of the world’s oldest rocks, and a National Park. This means it is surrounded by a natural landscape of spectacular cliffs, and visitors can walk around the base of Uluru and to the summit. Along the way, you can learn about indigenous animals and plants. Uluru is one of the country’s best-kept secrets.
Antarctica is another base for travel in September. With few flight options and isolated communities, its ideal for nature lovers, wildlife watches, and adventurers. The weather is picture perfect with clear skies and chilly air, and great for exploring the vast ice sheets and cascading glaciers. If you’re looking for an adventure, do an Antarctic expedition or participate in a dog sled expedition. If you want to find out more about the history of the continent, Antarctica cruises are a great way to do so, as you get to know the culture of its people, including whale watching, and support ecoparks and museums.
The great thing about September is that it offers so much variety to fit different travel styles. Request a free travel itenerary today and your dream adventure could begin as soon as next month.
What are your favorite places to travel in September?
Lesotho in southern Africa, a monarchy which is surrounded by South Africa, is one of my favorite countries that I enjoy traveling to September and October. The fresh air, breathtaking views of the landscape, and friendly people are an awesome addition to getting away from the US.
Other than pleasure travel, there are many reasons to travel to September
Traveling during this time can reduce crowds.
If you’re looking for a vacation where you can have more options, this is definitely a great time to travel. The summer months are notorious for overwhelming crowds, so if you want to avoid the hustle and bustle, September can help you out.
Most families choose to vacation during the summer when their children are out of school. In September when summer is slowly ending but school has not started, most families are not at their children’s side and there are less crowds at the most popular destinations.
Travel during the fall weather for less money.
Cheaper international airfare usually coincides with September but doesn’t ensure that the price will fit your budget. If you’re looking to save money, realize that prices will be either lower or the same as other times of the year while the weather is perfect.
Revel in the autumn colors.
There is nothing like being able to watch the leaves change colors. In the United States, trees start changing colors around mid-September. The Commonwealth of Virginia boasts some of the best fall foliage in the country, but the city of Richmond is especially known for its blazing fall leaves, with hillsides that turn scarlet by early November.
Take advantage of lower prices.
For some, this is the number one reason why they need to plan a trip to September. Not only are airfares usually cheaper, but hotels, tours, and restaurants will also match the summer prices.
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Internationally, Greece has done a phenomenal job of containing the virus, and is currently considered one of the safest countries in Europe. It will be a popular spot to travel to simply because of how safe it is.
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