Vacation Places Guides September – October 2017
September – October are superb holiday months in the Northern Hemisphere as the tourist hordes take their kids back to school but the sun still shines brightly in and seas are warmer than ever. However, by the end of September some summer-oriented tourist facilities start to shut down so public transport can become a problem – such as open-top buses and tourist ferries – while hotels, restaurants and bars start to close their doors for the winter season.
Low cost vacation places in 2017
Mexico’s currency is suffering from Trump nerves, it’s easy to reach and sunny though hot and occasionally wet during these months so plenty of bargain vacations can be found. For example Mexico’s Maya Riviera beaches such as Cancun – with incredible Maya sites are only a couple of hours away – and Cabo San Lucas on the Baja peninsula.
London’s accommodation is expensive – tho’ less so with the weak pound – but there are a huge number of world-class free activities available, such as sensational museums, art galleries and car-free city walks. September should offer a good chance of warm, sunny weather.
More low-cost holiday destinations in 2017 are: Portugal, offering Algarve beaches and plentiful ancient sights (perfect at this time); Bulgaria (we’ve never been there so no comment); South Africa (pretty good in September but a bit chilly); Spain’s downmarket Costa del Sol tho’ still crowded during these months. Next in line with terrific ancient sights and expansive beaches but terrorist problems and political issues is Turkey ( not a safe place to be at the moment!); then Hungary (especially Budapest); Czech Republic (especially Prague, beware crowds); Indonesia (especially Bali island (but avoid the horribly traffic-dominated Kuta-Legian-Seminyak stretch and if you want interesting beaches try the Bukit peninsula ), best May-October); Greece (especially the Greek islands, fine end to the season); surprisingly Japan is next, tho frequently wet and windy in September unless you head for the northern island of Hokkaido.
US September – October
So this is how they get high in New Mexico. The International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, USA, October 1 – 9. Photo by a4gpa.
Beach vacations will be attractive in California and Texas at this time of year but the weather in Florida is likely to be hot, sticky and stormy.
Hawaii is out of season during these months and the big surf has disappeared, so prices are lower and bargain holidays on offer for careful researchers.
September is a terrific time to take a road trip around southwest America’s awesome canyons and national parks or take a trip around Canada before the chills set in.
1 – 24 September is time for the Los Angeles L. A. County Fair, the largest fair in the USA featuring everything from pig racing to rodeos and big name bands.
1-3 September Seattle, Washington State, hosts Bumbershoot at Seattle Center, a 3 day music and art festival with over 2, 000 artists, many world famous, perform art of every kind from top flight rock to comedy, drama, poetry and bizarre sculptures.
In California the Strawberry Music Festival is one of US’s most popular music jamborees, 31 August-4 September inWestside Park, Tuolumne.
1-24 September, South of Seattle the Washington State Fair – also known as the Western Washington Fair – draws more than a million visitors annually to see rodeos, concerts, kid’s rides and chow down on a huge variety of food offerings.
October is a fine month for festivals in the USA, with the spectacular International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque from 7-15 October; Miami Broward Carnival (Caribbean Culture) 8th October; Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival in Texas, 6-8 and 13-15 October. Finally New York’s Village Halloween Parade is on the 31st as usual. English Speaking Festivals
Canada, September – October
The Capilano Suspension Bridge crosses the Capilano River in North Vancouver, Canada. It is 140 metres (460 ft) long and 70 metres (230 ft) above the river, in a private park with an admission fee. Photo by Leonard G.
Canada’s currency is not too high and they have no problems with terrorism so this could be another good year for Canadian tourism.
Summertime is almost over but this could be the best time to take a trip there to:
Best summer festival: Calgary Stampede, Alberta.
Best beaches: New Brunswick (Atlantic Provinces) and Vancouver (British Columbia).
Best wildlife: Quebec province.
Latin America September – October
Peru’s Inca Trail. The top of the first, highest and hardest pass, Dead Woman’s Pass at 4,200m. This is the killer. Get past it and you’re coasting to Machu Picchu.
Some of Latin America’s most colourful countries are perfect September – October, such as Peru, Brazil, Chile and Argentina, but Central America is generally overheated, oppressively humid and liable to rainstorms.