You can still travel a lot in September, with the big advantage of small prices. The peak season is off, and during the transition season (autumn in the northern hemisphere, and spring in the southern) you can save a lot of money.
With kids going back to school, and me exhausted after a very tiring summer, I find autumn to be my favorite season for romance.
Here are 10 wonderful destinations you must do in September.
1. The Greek islands.
The prices are much lower, the water still good for bathing, and you are next to the Gods. You have a big choice of smaller or bigger islands (Corfu, Santorini, etc )
2. Mallorca, Spain.
Wonderful Mediterranean island with beaches, mountains, olives plantations, and even windmills. Usually overcrowded and expensive in summer, is now much cheaper.
3. Paris. La Ville Lumiere
Paris. La Ville Lumiere is magnetic as ever, and the colors brought by Autumn make it even more beautiful. If you are from one of the 27 EU countries and 25 years old or younger you won’t have to pay for most of the museums & attractions (Notre Dame, Louvre, Orsay). Book in advance, and do not expect something cheap in Paris.
After the devastating recent wars, Croatia recovered very fast, becoming the tourist destination of the decade. Dubrovnik and the seaside are remarkable. The weather is great, rain doesn’t come often in Dubrovnik and since the summer rush is over you can take a few-hours-walk to enjoy the autumn colors anytime. Don’t miss the famous Orlando’s Pillar, Dubrovnik’s symbol of freedom, which is located in the geometric center of the city. You can also find some food specialties (pancakes filled with Dubrovnik bitter oranges jam yum!). And if you like the countryside, the Elaphite Islands is an untouched oasis not far from Dubrovnik.
5. Esfahan, Iran.
It is Iran’s most beautiful city and its central market build in 1602 is one of the world’s biggest. Typical Islamic architecture. Visit the Imam Square (Meidan Emam) which is full of unique buildings and where fountains and gardens represent an incredible beautiful maze. You can view it during the night as well!
A magic city with so many museums and many other attractions! Autumn is also the season of first nights in Vienna Opera
7. The Dominican Republic.
Fascinating beaches and resorts, friendly people, luxury prices. Not for budget travelers. If you are worried about hurricanes, you must know that the hurricane season isn’t too bad on the North Coast. The South Coast gets hit more often.
8. La Paz, Bolivia.
Remote, but an interesting destination. Very high altitudes, you might experience some breathing troubles. But a nice clean city, worth to be seen.
9. Wadi Rhum valley, Jordan.
Limestone valley with a traditional Bedouin way of life.
Always crowded and expensive, but if you are lucky you can get some discounts. The resorts from the Red Sea are fantastic for diving and snorkeling. You can also take a tour of the Nile (check the legend of the river). Used to be higher on our list, but due to the recent events with Mubarak there is a high level of insecurity and there are chances for terrorist attacks to occur. I will continue to update you on this situation.