The summer holidays are over and most people are going back to work and school. Be one of the lucky ones to explore some of the world’s most sought-after destinations without the crowds.
Throughout September and October the ancient kingdom of Bhutan enjoys warm dry weather and, with tourism still carefully managed, there’s no risk of a sudden influx. Trekking has always been very popular due to the country’s mountainous beauty and its perilously-perched Buddhist monasteries remain a marvel.
It’s still prime season or a tented (or luxury lodge) safari without the crowds in Kenya’s Maasai Mara and Tanzania’s Serengeti with the wildebeest migration now heading south again. The islands of Mozambique are at their best with humpback whales migrating up the coastline and fantastic diving to be had from the comfort of your boutique African beach lodge. The Seychelles offers some of the most glamorous hotels and private islands in the world alongside great diving and a relaxed, Seychellois vibe.
Sandwiched between the Indonesian Archipelago and mainland Asia, Malaysia has long been a crucial trading post playing host to settlers coming from many different lands. Discover its melting pot of cultures, sleepy ports, buzzing cities, tea plantations and long white beaches or head offshore to Borneo with its orang-utans and infamous head-hunter tribes. The food is also some of the best in Southeast Asia.
The last week of September sees the USA head into ‘Fall’ and New England can show you autumn colours in the full glory like nowhere on earth. Take a look at our Boston, Beach & Country itinerary which takes in Cape Cod, Nantucket and Vermont, for inspiration.
Make the most of the still-warm Mediterranean as the August holidaymakers leave, temperatures are a more comfortable and prices come down. We recommend the Greek Islands, Tuscany and the Italian island of Capri in particular.