Travelling in the height of summer doesn’t appeal to everyone, we get it. Sweltering temperatures, soaring prices (especially if you forgot to book through Cheapflights.co.uk) and children hyped up on ice-cream and freedom from education definitely aren’t the makings of a relaxing break. It’s totally understandable why travelling in September is so much more appealing. It’s still summer, albeit slightly less humid, there are less selfie-stick-touting tourists and school is definitely no longer out for summer.
But where should you go? And more importantly, what destinations offer the best value if you’re looking to book now? We’ve searched through all our flight search data (and trust us, there was A LOT) in order to answer that very question. Take a look, get inspired and then head on over to Cheapflights.co.uk to search for those bargain flights…Start your search
For budget travellers…
Short-haul pick: Mahón, Menorca
Flights to Mahón, Menorca’s capital, are an average 26% cheaper in September than any other time of year. Although the island’s Blue Flag beach-flanked resorts will certainly appeal to most, it’s worth factoring in some time in the capital itself. It’s got that quintessential Mediterranean feel, with a harbour packed with elegant wine bars, narrow streets lined with boutiques and an impressive Gothic cathedral. With temperatures still comfortably in the twenties, Menorca is a good spot for catching the Med’s last few weeks of summer sun.Find flights to Menorca
Long-haul pick: Hanoi, Vietnam
Visiting Hanoi in mid-September means you’ll miss the humid summer months and save 16% on your flights compared to the yearly average. Crumbling colonial architecture, stalls brimming with sizzling street food, plus the constant buzz of people and mopeds, makes Hanoi an exciting and vibrant city to visit. It’s worth getting up early and visiting the shores of Hoan Kiem Lake, to watch locals do Tai Chi and have a moment of respite before launching yourself back into the city bustle.Find flights to Hanoi
Short-haul pick: Paphos, Cyprus
September is a great time to visit Paphos and as our flight data reveals, that fact has not been kept a secret. Flight searches to Paphos are up a whopping 96% for this particular month, with holidaymakers making the most of the high temperatures (it’s not unknown for September to see highs of thirty-something degrees). Pathos combines sea, sand, watersports and nightlife, plus historical attractions that include Roman mosaics and a Byzantine fort. So there’s plenty to offer those who are looking for more than just your average beach-bum holiday.Find flights to Paphos
Long-haul pick: Kathmandu, Nepal
Heading into September, Nepal says farewell to the monsoon season and hello to months of clear skies. Trendsetters are embracing Kathmandu this year, with flight searches up 54% for September. Nepal’s capital is a rewarding city break on its own, or a great starting point to backpack the country. Jump on a rickshaw and explore the venerable temples, vibrant alleys and noisy squares and then get out into the surrounding country to hike and cycle in the valley fringe.Find flights to Kathmandu
For advanced planners…
Thinking ahead? If you’d rather wait until September to book a trip for later in the year, our recent ‘When to buy, when to fly‘ article revealed that booking in September and travelling to Switzerland in the final week of October is a great shout. In fact, you could see savings of up to £139 compared to the most popular month of travel (May). Come for the chocolate, cheese and clocks, stay for the beautiful autumnal scenery and leaf-peeping opportunities.Find flights to Switzerland
Just so you know, this data is based on averages from departure points across the UK and is intended as a guideline only. Check the latest up-to-date prices and search for flights at Cheapflights.co.uk.