September is a multi-talented month for travellers looking for an easy and affordable escape. Spring has officially sprung in the Southern Hemisphere, and summer lingers in other parts of the globe - making it the perfect time to take advantage of warm-weather anywhere around the world. Although an American or European escape is a tempting option for expeditionists who’d like to experience these destinations just outside of peak season, for those who may have already used all their annual leave in June here are several suggestions for shorter stays that can be tackled in 2-3 days too!

Lake Constance, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein

Swap sunny summers on the Mediterranean Sea for still-stunning autumn days by one of the many beautiful lake regions of Europe. While there is an abundance of options, striking Lake Constance is an excellent offering for all types of travellers. Its 279 kilometres of shoreline naturally lend to a range of water sports (sailing and windsurfing are particularly popular), however, the area is also famous for its culture and history – boasting old castles, quaint medieval villages, fine-wine production and a spectacular flower island. In addition, during September the forests around Lake Constance are famous for their late-August apple harvest – when the fresh fruits tickle the tastebuds of young and old travellers alike. Sharing borders with Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and Liechtenstein a trip to Lake Constance also offers an excellent base for those who can afford to spend a little more time exploring.

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Seoul, South Korea

The heart and soul of South Korea can be found in, err Seoul. While the capital of this East Asian nation is a modern metropolis of skyscrapers, shops, and scrumptious dining options, it is interspersed with a generous smattering of national parks, traditional tea houses and temples – and September is the best month to explore them all. Travel to Seoul in autumn – when the cool weather and lack of rainfall provide perfect conditions for pounding the streets, and you’re almost guaranteed to ‘fall’ in love with its vibrant cityscape. Highlights include: Gyeongbokgung Palace (the main royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty); Bukchon Hanok Village and Gwangjang Food Market – where you can sample some excellent Seoul street food, including their famous bibimbap or the local version of KFC – Korean Fried Chicken.

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Orlando, United States of America

Famed for its family-friendly theme parks (more than a dozen of them) a weekend in September is one of the best times to experience ‘The City Beautiful’, sans sweaty crowds. Favourites include Walt Disney World, (highlights include the Magic Kingdom and Epcot), water parks – such as Sea World, and the movie-themed Universal Studios. Those making a longer trek Stateside may want to take advantage of their time in the area and factor in some sightseeing in nearby St Augustine. Jump in the car (or bus) and head north and in just over two hours you can be trading theme parks for traditional Colonial architecture. The historic cobblestone streets of this 16th-century coastal town feature Castillo de San Marcos fortress and the Lightner Museum (housed in an 1887 Spanish Renaissance Revival-style hotel). And temperate September is a spectacular time to wander through and appreciate them all.

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Lake Malawi, Malawi

The nation sometimes referred to as ‘The Warm Heart of Africa’  is home to the third-largest lake in the continent (and the ninth biggest in the world). And September is one of the best seasons to appreciate its natural beauty. With the thermometer hovering near the late 20s (degrees Celsius) and sunny days followed by pleasant evenings, visitors can spend their stay snorkelling, sailing, swimming or water skiing. As well as the world’s largest fish population, the landscapes surrounding this lake are a paradise for land-animal lovers. During September Liwonde National Park is the place to spot leopards, crocodiles, antelopes and endangered black rhinos. Or head to neighbouring Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve and Kasungu National Park to catch a glimpse of buffaloes, hippos, zebras, jackals and hyenas. Malawi’s land-locked location – framed by Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique – also encourage travel to the African nations that surround it.

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Adelaide, Australia

It’s never a bad time to visit Adelaide, but September is a particularly good month to plan a trip to the City of Churches. Aussies looking for a mid-school-term weekend away can easily access the capital of South Australia, with flights from most major Australian cities less than three hours long. Some of the city’s highlights include: museums such as the Art Gallery of South Australia; the Adelaide Botanic gardens; Central Market and the Mount Lofty ranges – a panoramic lookout area also popular among hikers and mountain bikers. International travellers, or those with a little more time, should consider extending their trip to include some time in the Barossa Valley. This internationally-acclaimed wine region – encompassing the towns of Tanunda, Angaston and Nuriootpa – is a short 50-minute drive from ‘Radelaide’. And here, visitors can check out over 80 cellars, taste world-award-winning wines, meet the makers and sample some truly spectacular local produce. The highlight of the region’s annual events calendar is undoubtedly the Barossa Gourmet Weekend – this year featuring 28 events – and set to run from the 6th-8th September.

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Kerala, India

Its sheer size means that ideal times to travel to India can vary greatly depending on destination. However, Kerala (a state on the nation’s tropical Malabar Coast and Arabian Sea shoreline) is perfect for those planning a September sojourn. Known for its beaches and backwater canals, the most unmissable activity of the month is a cruise or houseboat down the picturesque backwaters of Alappuzha (Alleppey). Affectionately known as the ‘Venice of the East’, Alappuzha’s backwaters are also famed for their annual snake boat race in September when, after the heavy monsoons, the place is covered with lush greenery, countless coconut trees and the weather is practically perfect.

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