One of the most crucial things that come into play when planning a holiday, is the weather.
Sometimes we get so caught up in where we want to go that we forget to find out what the climate is like there at that time, and when we finally arrive we get a full week of rain.
September is one of those months when the weather starts to change in many parts over the world – in some parts of Europe, it’s already autumn, while in others you can still swim in the ocean and lie on the beach.
In South Pacific, spring is on its way, and the weather is very moody – and it isn’t the ideal time to go on a Mexico holiday, since it’s hurricane season – so where is the right place to go?
Here are a few places that are absolutely perfect for this otherwise dodgy-weather-month…
Italy – Back To Normal
Out of all months of the year, September is probably the very best month to visit Italy.
The peak months are over, the days are still hot but the evenings are nice and cool, the tourist crowds are getting smaller, Italians have gone back to work and back to school, and left the beaches empty for you to enjoy in peace and quiet.
Rome is a strange city in peak summer (the residents escape if they can), and the Italian cities are much nicer when things are “back to normal” with opening hours and not just tourists on the streets.
Tuscany is especially beautiful, September also marks the beginning of the food festival season in Italy, and while it’s not the best month for bargain Italy holidays, prices do start to go down during the month.
Peru – Time to Explore
September is one of the best months to visit Peru, and since the weather is drier, this also means that there are less mosquitos, which makes it a good time to explore the Amazon basin.
It’s also a perfect month for the Inca Trail, but prepare for cold nights!
Portugal – Best of Both
We’re in Portugal at the moment, and the weather is perfect – cool mornings, warm days, and cool nights.
This type of weather is typical for September in Portugal, and aside from weather, there is one very good reason to visit northern Portugal this month: In the north, they are getting ready for harvesting the grapes, and the vineyards are at their most beautiful right now.
It’s also time for the Grape Harvest Festival, where the entire Douro valley celebrates the harvesting season.
Scotland – Beautiful Colors
You can never be guaranteed good weather in Scotland, but at least the odds are better in September. We went to Scotland last year in September, and it only rained three times in 10 days, and when it did rain it didn’t last very long.
The colors in September are stunning in the Highlands, with red, golden and rusty shades in patches over the flowing hills.
South Africa – Adventure Awaits
September brings spring to South Africa, and is one of the most beautiful months to visit, especially for adventurers and sporty people.
Not only is it a good time to climb Kilimanjaro, but it’s also the best month for “game viewing”, a good time to go diving, hiking and surfing.
But for me the main reason I would visit South Africa at this time is the whale watching. September is the peak season for whale watching, and daily sightings are practically guaranteed.
Where would you recommend going in September?