September is a multi-talented month for travellers looking for an easy and affordable escape. Spring has officially sprung in the Southern Hemisphere, and summer lingers in other parts of the globe - making it the perfect time to take advantage of warm-weather anywhere around the world.
Although an American or European escape is a tempting option for expeditionists who’d like to experience these destinations just outside of peak season, for those who may have already used all their annual leave in June here are several suggestions for shorter stays that can be tackled in 2-3 days too!
Lake Constance, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein
Swap sunny summers on the Mediterranean Sea for still-stunning autumn days by one of the many beautiful lake regions of Europe. While there is an abundance of options, striking Lake Constance is an excellent offering for all types of travellers. Its 279 kilometres of shoreline naturally lend to a range of water sports (sailing and windsurfing are particularly popular), however, the area is also famous for its culture and history – boasting old castles, quaint medieval villages, fine-wine production and a spectacular flower island. In addition, during September the forests around Lake Constance are famous for their late-August apple harvest – when the fresh fruits tickle the tastebuds of young and old travellers alike. Sharing borders with Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and Liechtenstein a trip to Lake Constance also offers an excellent base for those who can afford to spend a little more time exploring.
Seoul, South Korea
The heart and soul of South Korea can be found in, err Seoul. While the capital of this East Asian nation is a modern metropolis of skyscrapers, shops, and scrumptious dining options, it is interspersed with a generous smattering of national parks, traditional tea houses and temples – and September is the best month to explore them all. Travel to Seoul in autumn – when the cool weather and lack of rainfall provide perfect conditions for pounding the streets, and you’re almost guaranteed to ‘fall’ in love with its vibrant cityscape. Highlights include: Gyeongbokgung Palace (the main royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty); Bukchon Hanok Village and Gwangjang Food Market – where you can sample some excellent Seoul street food, including their famous bibimbap or the local version of KFC – Korean Fried Chicken.
Orlando, United States of America
Famed for its family-friendly theme parks (more than a dozen of them) a weekend in September is one of the best times to experience ‘The City Beautiful’, sans sweaty crowds. Favourites include Walt Disney World, (highlights include the Magic Kingdom and Epcot), water parks – such as Sea World, and the movie-themed Universal Studios. Those making a longer trek Stateside may want to take advantage of their time in the area and factor in some sightseeing in nearby St Augustine. Jump in the car (or bus) and head north and in just over two hours you can be trading theme parks for traditional Colonial architecture. The historic cobblestone streets of this 16th-century coastal town feature Castillo de San Marcos fortress and the Lightner Museum (housed in an 1887 Spanish Renaissance Revival-style hotel). And temperate September is a spectacular time to wander through and appreciate them all.
Lake Malawi, Malawi
The nation sometimes referred to as ‘The Warm Heart of Africa’ is home to the third-largest lake in the continent (and the ninth biggest in the world). And September is one of the best seasons to appreciate its natural beauty. With the thermometer hovering near the late 20s (degrees Celsius) and sunny days followed by pleasant evenings, visitors can spend their stay snorkelling, sailing, swimming or water skiing. As well as the world’s largest fish population, the landscapes surrounding this lake are a paradise for land-animal lovers. During September Liwonde National Park is the place to spot leopards, crocodiles, antelopes and endangered black rhinos. Or head to neighbouring Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve and Kasungu National Park to catch a glimpse of buffaloes, hippos, zebras, jackals and hyenas. Malawi’s land-locked location – framed by Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique – also encourage travel to the African nations that surround it.
It’s never a bad time to visit Adelaide, but September is a particularly good month to plan a trip to the City of Churches. Aussies looking for a mid-school-term weekend away can easily access the capital of South Australia, with flights from most major Australian cities less than three hours long. Some of the city’s highlights include: museums such as the Art Gallery of South Australia; the Adelaide Botanic gardens; Central Market and the Mount Lofty ranges – a panoramic lookout area also popular among hikers and mountain bikers. International travellers, or those with a little more time, should consider extending their trip to include some time in the Barossa Valley. This internationally-acclaimed wine region – encompassing the towns of Tanunda, Angaston and Nuriootpa – is a short 50-minute drive from ‘Radelaide’. And here, visitors can check out over 80 cellars, taste world-award-winning wines, meet the makers and sample some truly spectacular local produce. The highlight of the region’s annual events calendar is undoubtedly the Barossa Gourmet Weekend – this year featuring 28 events – and set to run from the 6th-8th September.
Its sheer size means that ideal times to travel to India can vary greatly depending on destination. However, Kerala (a state on the nation’s tropical Malabar Coast and Arabian Sea shoreline) is perfect for those planning a September sojourn. Known for its beaches and backwater canals, the most unmissable activity of the month is a cruise or houseboat down the picturesque backwaters of Alappuzha (Alleppey). Affectionately known as the ‘Venice of the East’, Alappuzha’s backwaters are also famed for their annual snake boat race in September when, after the heavy monsoons, the place is covered with lush greenery, countless coconut trees and the weather is practically perfect.
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Cocktails, hawkers and the (often chaotic!) traffic are some of the first things that might spring to mind when you think of Bali, but venture a little further and there is so much more to be discovered. Beyond the hustle and bustle of the popular hot spots lay sparkling beaches, quaint towns, tropical jungles and the kind of unique experiences that will have you returning time and time again.
Whether you’re a first timer or a Bali regular, it’s worth wandering off the beaten path to experience the beauty of these less explored destinations.
Visit for: Surf beaches, hip cafes, street art, the Canggu shortcut and Tanah Lot Temple
The OG surf destination, Canggu is now also a go-to for foodies, surfies and yogis alike. Just a 45-minute drive from Seminyak, the vibrant beach town offers a buzzy yet chilled vibe, perfect for an escape that’s still near enough to the central throng. The perfect sets at Echo Beach and Batu Bolong (Old Mans Beach) are a surfer’s dream, and there are plenty of gentle beach breaks for the rookies too. The hip beachfront bars and cafes are also a great spot to watch the waves roll in. Old Mans Beach Bar is a local favourite – just grab yourself a comfortable cosy nook and settle in! Desa Seni Wellness and Yoga delivers blissful zen, and ALLCAPS Studio has some of the most amazing street art.
For a cultural experience, visit Tanah Lot Temple. Just a short 20-minute drive north of the central buzz, it’s an easy trip and a beautiful spot to watch the sunset.
So whether you’re surfing, sipping, strolling or stretching, Canggu is the go-to for travellers chasing a trendy yet relaxed taste of Bali.
Visit for: Lush rainforests, coffee, rice paddies and yoga retreats
Whilst yogi’s and health nuts discovered Ubud years ago, the beautiful jungle town has managed to fly under the radar and remains a true hidden gem, offering a rare glimpse into traditional Balinese life. Less than 2 hours drive from central Kuta, Ubud is an easy day trip, with stunning rainforests, temples and rice paddies in abundance – it’s well worth adding to your itinerary. Whether you’re chasing waterfalls at Tegenungan Falls, exploring the sacred Tirta Empul Temple and Holy Springs, snapping a photo of the extremely photogenic Tegalalang Rice Terrace, sampling the local delicacy Babi Guling (suckling pig) at a Warung or getting bendy at one of the many picturesque yoga and wellness retreats, Ubud’s wild and untamed beauty is sure to reinvigorate and charm the most seasoned traveller.
For some of the best Babi Guling in town, Babi Guling Gung Cung is a solid contender! This local institution always has a steady line of locals by lunch, so be sure to get in early or risk missing out.
Visit for: Pristine beaches, heart-stopping surf breaks, remedial massages and Pura Luhur Temple
The sheer cliffs and sweeping ocean views make Bali’s South Coast a must for anyone looking for a scenic escape. Just a short 40 minute drive south of Kuta, the stunning area of Uluwatu offers beautiful beaches, great surf and a laid back atmosphere – perfect for losing track of time. A day at the secluded Nyang Nyang Beach (one of the areas best kept secrets!) promises to be a day of relaxation and sunshine, and just north Balangan Beach offers one of the biggest surf breaks on the peninsula for those looking to up the ante. After a day at the beach, a visit to the luxe Bulgari Spa for a relaxing massage or treatment is a must, followed by sunset cocktails at Single Fin Beach Club. For a change of scenery, the Pura Luhur Temple offers breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, as well as some very cheeky resident monkeys – be sure to keep a watchful eye on your belongings!
For a great day trip, Jimbaran and Nusa Dua are both less than an hours drive from Uluwatu and offer picturesque golden sand beaches, snorkeling and surfing.
Whichever direction you venture in Uluwatu, the spectacular beaches, stunning views and relaxed pace of life offer the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle.
Visit for: Snorkelling, beachfront bars, stunning sunsets and laid back island vibes
Known for its vibrant coral reefs and white sandy beaches, the archipelago of the Gili Islands sits just off the North coast of Lombok, with each of the three islands offering their own little slice of heaven. While they aren’t technically considered part of Bali, being just a 3 hour boat ride away, they’re definitely a worthy addition to a Bali itinerary.
Those seeking an endless happy hour will want to head straight for Gili Trawangan. The biggest of the three islands, it is lined with beach bars, clubs and restaurants, with a party happening every night of the week. Just a stone’s throw away sits Gili Meno, which is home to pristine white sand beaches and far less people, not to mention no motorised transport – just horses and carts. Meno is easily the quietest of the three islands, making it a great spot to disconnect and unwind. It also offers some of the most amazing diving spots, and is home to an abundance of green sea turtles as well as the Bounty Wreck and Jason deCaires Taylor’s Nest sculpture. Gili Air combines the best of Meno and Trawangan, boasting a lively yet laid back atmosphere. Whilst there are plenty of bars and clubs on the eastern side of the island, the party culture isn’t quite as vibrant as Gili Trawangan, which makes it the perfect place to enjoy a quiet evening and a Bintang. Whether you spend a few days island hopping or spend all your time in one spot, each island offers a uniquely wonderful experience.
Home to a significant Muslim community, the three mosques on Gili Trawangan broadcast prayers regularly throughout the day (and night) so if you’re planning on staying on the islands and you’re a light sleeper, Gili Meno or Gili Air might be best for you!
Visit for: Rugged terrain, manta ray diving, sparkling azure water and Angel’s Billabong
Just a 90 minute boat ride off Bali’s East Coast sits the beautiful and mostly untouched island of Nusa Penida. The biggest of the three islands, which include Nusa Ceningan and the popular Nusa Lembongan, the island of Nusa Penida offers a sanctuary from the crowds and is a great place to slow it down a notch and enjoy life. For some of the islands best seascapes, Kelingking Cliff Lookout is a must, with the coastal cliffs offering stunning views of the sandy cove and sparkling turquoise beach below. Broken Beach and Korawa Beach Viewpoint also offer spectacular views but will require a scooter or a bike to get to. Marvel at the beauty of the underground temple Pura Goa Giri Putri, splash in the natural infinity pool Angel’s Billabong, or take a dive with the ocean’s gentle giants at Manta Bay – there truly is no end to Nusa Penida’s magic!
Lembongan and Ceningan Islands are just a 20 minute boat ride away, and are connected by a Love Bridge, which makes Nusa Penida a great base for a serene yet easily accessible getaway.
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The South Pacific is the perfect location for an intimate escape, even if you're into adventure sports
While often touted as a relaxing, beach-style vacay, the South Pacific is so diverse that it can be anything you want it to be. Are you into hiking, or swimming with sharks and golden jellyfish? Or maybe you love the idea of jumping off waterfalls, trekking the Kokoda Trail, or seeing the ice fields in New Zealand? Whatever your preferred style of escape, we have something for you.
There are endless possibilities for what you can see and explore! With so many options you're sure to find a trip for you. If you're ready to book a trip be sure to contact us today.
One island that's sure to offer you a tropical escape from the winter blues is Fiji.
The verdant islands of Fiji are famous for their eternal sunshine and their beauty is legendary, with orchids hanging over waterfalls in lush jungle, and palms lining long stretches of beach. Visitors can immerse themselves in offshore activities like swimming with manta rays, snorkelling over coral gardens, scuba diving on the famous Astrolabe Reef, or riding the 'Cloud Breakers', amazing 20ft (6m) waves off Tavarua, an island resort.
Suva is home to more than half of Fiji's population and it is not only the capital of the country, but an important regional centre of the South Pacific. In this city is is possible to eat on a floating fine dining restaurant, drink at vibrant and quirky bars, shop at the bustling municipal market or explore the Fiji Museum, one of the many historical and cultural sites in the city. During the day there is as much to do and see as there is at night down Victoria Parade, where the buzzing nightlife keeps the city alive when the sun dives below the horizon. Suva is also a good launching pad for venturing into the surrounding wild areas.
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