Tired of the summer heat and overcrowded places? This problem is so easy to solve: Just relax at home and enjoy the British summer and go on holiday in September instead!
Great value deals are there to be snapped up for when the back-to-school season kicks in – here’s a selection of our favourites.
There are countless quiet Greek Islands to kick back on, as well as gorgeous hidden spots in Turkey that turn on their charm with un-crowded beaches and idyllic views. A hot-air balloon over Turkey’s Cappadocia or a romantic Greek taverna meal at the water’s edge is sure to leave lasting memories.
For a different kind of adventure, the Baltic states, Scandinavia and Russia will be cooling down, but the temperatures are nothing that a few warm layers won’t handle.
North, Central & South America
Central Canada, Québec and the Midwest see a mass exodus of tourists during the harvest season. And with the kids back at school, cities are that much more fun, navigable and authentic than during the summer heat. Perhaps, time your visit for New York’s Atlantic Antic festival; alternatively, the many September art festivals in San Francisco or Los Angeles’ exciting music and arts festivals.
The beaches of Cancun, Mexico empty as the summer vacationers vanish yet average daytime temperatures sit at a comfortable 28°C – perfect for a crowd-free September holiday.
In China and Japan, the overwhelming heat and humidity of summer finally subside in September, making the unmissable Great Wall, the Terracotta Army and the Forbidden City all the more enjoyable. What’s more, the high mountains are easily accessible for tranquil hikes and awe-inspiring views.
South Asia has cooled off too, thanks to the monsoon season – September temperatures are often considered to be the best, especially in Sri Lanka or India. On the islands, the rain subsides so September is the time to go to avoid the crowds and high prices.
India’s mountains of Nepal and Central Asia are drying and just entering the peak tourist season – see if you can squeeze a holiday in before the crowds arrive.
Africa & the Middle East
By September most tourists have left Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt, so you can visit the Pyramids and the souks without elbowing past crowds of fellow holidaymakers.
September’s also the time to go to Zimbabwe and Kenya on safari. Wildlife congregates around the watering holes as temperatures begin to rise and rain becomes scarce. This may be high season, but the extensive game parks don’t get overcrowded.
Meanwhile, wildlife enthusiasts particularly love South Africa in September. The weather is dry and temperatures are perfect for hiking – there also couldn’t be a better time for spotting wildlife.