According to Lonely Planet, September is the best time to travel!
In the northern hemisphere the weather is more temperate upon moving into autumn; mainland Europe, the Mediterranean and North Africa is ‘back to work’ properly after the traditional ‘shutdown’ during the extreme heat of August. In South Africa it is moving into springtime when it is cool and dry and therefore perfect for safari and outdoor activities, whereas North America (particularly New England) and Canada, offer marvellous autumnal sights as the trees change colour in preparation for the ‘fall’.
In the southern hemisphere chills are dissipating and Australia and New Zealand’s spring weather is sunnier and warmer than that experienced in Europe, with China and Japan not as hot and humid, and Southeast Asia emerging from the wet season.
But, significantly for British travellers, the schools have started the new academic year and therefore prices are more reasonable and airport lounges, beaches and hotels less crowded! Springwood caters exclusively for adult travellers as we appreciate that many people prefer to start and finish their holidays in a relaxed frame of mind – before even reaching the airport check-in desk!
Here are a few holiday ideas to consider for the autumn:
- A beach holiday can always be found on any of the Greek Islands and some of more remote islands offer an escape from the real world. For those feeling a little more adventurous use the abundance of ferries available and take the opportunity to island-hop!
- In September many of the larger European cities are pleasant to stroll around as the weather is more manageable and they are generally less crowded. This is a perfect time to visit the museums, art galleries and churches in Rome, Florence and Paris. Take the opportunity to visit the Palazzo Barberini in Rome which is fully open again for the first time in sixty years following – obviously – vast restoration projects. This museum is home to ‘ancient’ art in Italy – from the twelfth century to neoclassicism (late eighteenth century) – with many works by Caravaggio as well as Titian, Raphael and Bernini.
- However, of course, there are a number of well-established festivals to be enjoyed too. If you want a fiesta of acrobats, jugglers, live music, dance, fireworks and parades then head to Barcelona as it celebrates its protecting spirit – the Virgin of Mercy Festival (La Mercé) (dates to be confirmed but usually around the 24th).
- Or why not sample the beers at Oktoberfest in Munich which actually starts on 19th September and runs until 4th October.
- Maybe head a little further afield to Malaysia and Singapore for the Mooncake Festival on the 12th September – which celebrates the seasonal changes when the moon is at its roundest and brightest. It is one of the most important festivals within the Chinese calendar, giving thanks to the gods for the harvest. It is an attractive festival with moon-viewing parties held in parks and gardens which are lit by the soft glow of paper lanterns.