September doesn’t have to be all about school runs with the grandchildren and back-to-work blues. Outside of peak season, September presents a marvellous month to go travelling – flights are cheaper, the heat abroad isn’t as intense and you avoid the crazy crowds, giving you a more authentic travelling experience.
Looking for a last-minute getaway? Here are a few suggestions…
For a short-haul adventure, you can’t beat Europe. From the beautiful spas of Budapest to the celeb-strewn Italian lakes, Europe is the perfect place for a late summer escape.
For those seeking sun and sea, September in Spain still holds true to her reputation. The cooling Costa del Sol provides the perfect equilibrium for not-so-certain sunbathers, or those looking to discover Malaga’s main sights, museums and eateries without melting.
However, if you’re dreaming of swimming in crystal clear waters and relaxing on unspoilt golden sands, try Ikaria, Greece. Named after Icarus, this forgotten Greek island looks more like Mamma Mia than it does Mykonos. While slightly hilly, when the sun goes down the small isle becomes an atmospheric, glowing oasis on the edge of the Aegean Sea.
For the night owls among us, visit the ‘vampire village’ of Christos Raches, where shops and bars stay open all night and there is organic wine aplenty. Cue the Abba anthems!
In Eastern Europe, experience the gorgeous Gdańsk. Its history as a vital harbour for Poland’s lifeblood has left this city with a distinctly unique feel. Feeding off various imported influences, here you can get a taste of old Teutonic Prussia and Slavic Poland.
Or, try the cobble-stoned Riga, a city of gothic spires and winding alleyways. With an old town aesthetic, art-nouveau facades and the sea resort of Jūrmala just a short drive away, you can enjoy the best of both traditional and modern-day Latvia.
For something surreal and worth writing home about, why not see Turkey’s Cappadocia from the sky and explore her otherworldly landscape by hot air balloon?
Morocco’s Marrakech has long been a firm favourite with travellers, but it has come on bounds in terms of luxury escapes in recent years. Best described as lovingly chaotic, the sights and smells of this vibrant city will leave you feeling as though you have been transported back in time. Meander through the markets or pamper yourself in ghassoul, a black soap made from natural mineral clay in Marrakesh’s top spas.
Another not so well known island paradise, is the archipelago of the Seychelles. This string of 115 luxurious islands is a honeymoon – or anniversary – hotspot and it’s easy to see why. Away from the picture perfect beaches of Anse Georgette on Praslin and Beau Vallon, you can watch wild sea turtles hatch and escape into the ocean to spot exotic birds and tropical wildlife. So whether you like slow days spent sunbathing with a cocktail in hand, or prefer to snorkel in unspoilt reefs, the Seychelles could be your ideal destination.
The island of Bali is unlike anywhere else in Indonesia. Far flung from the high-tech heights of skyscrapers and booming business, Bali is the chilled-out younger brother ready to welcome visitors to his tropical paradise.
For a truly special, spiritual getaway that will rejuvenate your mind, body and soul visit Ubud, Bali’s mystical heart. Vibrant traditional festivals and rituals are commonplace here. Daily offerings are made to the spirit world and to Hindu gods in the form of folded palm leaves, each enclosed with limes, nuts, flowers and more.
Japan is also at its best in September. Tokyo is beautiful all year around, but this kaleidoscopic city of electricity flourishes in autumn. From the bullet train to a trip to Mount Fuji, this is a once-in-a-lifetime destination where lasting memories are sure to be made.
So, what are you waiting for? With last-minute flights leaving from every UK airport, all that’s left to do is choose a destination, get covered with the right insurance and get packing!