Where to Travel in September
Not everyone has to go back to school in September, and if you're lucky enough to be taking a break at this time it provides rich opportunities for unusual and exciting trips.
Here are our travel experts' personal favourites of where to travel in September.
Country houses in southern England
Elephant spotting in Sri Lanka
The Gathering is an exciting natural phenomenon whereby hundreds of elephants congregate in large groups at the Minneriya National Park’s main waterhole. This is a great time to experience Sri Lanka’s wonderful wildlife.
Beaches and safari in Zanzibar
Outdoor excursions in Patagonia, Chile and Argentina
Patagonia is an outdoor lover’s dream and in September you can enjoy the nice spring weather and fewer visitor numbers. There is also less wind at this time of year, making it perfect for outdoor excursions.
Sun and sea in the Maldives
This is the start of dry season in the Maldives, so head there early to avoid the crowds and get the very best of the gleaming white sands, sparkling blue seas, vibrant underwater life and sublime island lifestyle – there’s no better way to brighten up a grey September when everyone else is heading “back to school”.
Festivals and dramatic views in Ethiopia
On the edge of peak season, you should be able to avoid both the August rainstorms and the busiest months for tourism here. Ethiopia‘s dramatic landscape, from the sweeping highlands to the otherworldly Danakil Depression, are a spectacular sight, and September sees the Meskel festival, commemorating the discovery of the True Cross. See it all by helicopter for the ultimate Ethiopia experience.
Lush landscapes in Cambodia
If you can put up with a bit of rain (this is the end of rainy season in Cambodia), this is a great time to visit as September is particularly quiet here, with the lush scenery providing a stunning backdrop. Around the 20th, Pchum Benh (also known as Festival of the Dead or Ancestor’s Day) takes place. This is one of the most important festivals in Cambodia – wear white.
Spiritual seclusion in Ladakh
A high altitude desert that experiences little rainfall, Ladakh is warmest from May to September, with brilliant clear days and starry nights. Enjoy a uniquely spiritual escape in its stark landscape of snowcapped mountains, arid desert and deep turquoise lakes, dotted with monasteries and whitewashed stupas – this is one of the last surviving enclaves of Mahayana Buddhism, which has existed in the region for almost 1000 years.