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Where to Travel in September

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Written by
Emily Opie, Rachel O'Leary, Tess Van der Winsor & Jennifer Richt

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.

Gardens & Forests
Southern England
Sri Lanka
Great weather
Outdoor Activities
Patagonia, Chile & Argentina
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Country houses in southern England

Visiting England in September means you avoid the school holidays so expect fewer crowds at popular sites. The weather in the UK is notoriously unpredictable but this time of year often experiences brilliant sunshine. Visit beautiful country houses and gardens, and explore the New Forest.

Minneriya National Park, Sri Lanka

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

European school holidays are over, so expect beaches and hotels to be less busy. September is also a great time to visit weather-wise and combines well with an East African safari.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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Wine and walking in Tuscany

As Italy basks in the glow of the late summer sun, the heat gets less intense and tourists begin to thin out, this is a lovely time to come to Tuscany to enjoy a plethora of outdoor activities from walking to biking, hiking and paragliding, as well as – of course – the region’s sumptuous wines.

Talk to one of our experts today and start creating your perfect September getaway.