September is quite possibly the most under-rated month of all. Sure, it is a month that signals the end of summer with its shorter days and longer nights, but this beautiful month also brings with it glorious sunshine coupled with the first hints of autumn; orange/brown leaves and a renewed energy.
If you’re thinking of getting away for a few days or a few weeks, whatever your budget, read on for our top tips on what to do in the beautiful month of September.
1. Yorkshire Wolds Walking and Outdoors Festival
Looking for a bit of exercise to blow away the lazy summer cobwebs, but don’t want to over-exert yourself? Maybe there’s a group of you with a mixed-bag of fitness levels? Then off you go to the Yorkshire Wolds to enjoy this annual walking and outdoor festival and see the stunning sights on offer.
This activity-packed ten-day event offers exciting activities organised by prominent activity groups such as The Ramblers Association, Countryside Access and various cycling associations. Through these activities, you’ll have the opportunity to discover the region’s picturesque landscapes, to keep fit and to meet new people.
The outdoor pursuits on offer include cycling, horse riding, guided scenic walks, photography walks, special interest walks, sat nav treasure hunts plus lots more. And there’s something for everyone too, with events that appeal to all ages, abilities and interests.
For a full itinerary of this year’s festival, which runs from 8 – 16th September 2018, download the brochure.
2. Aldeburgh Food And Drink Festival
Head further down the country to the glorious seaside town of Aldeburgh in Suffolk to experience its annual and highly regarded food and drink festival.
This foodie-heaven, spanning two days each September, will not only offer you the chance to taste gastronomical delights from numerous pop-up restaurants, but will also offer you the chance to attend workshops so that you can learn about pasta making, bread making and foraging. And for those that are partial to a little tipple, you can partake in wine, cider and beer tasting classes, too.
Now in its 13th year, the festival organisers promise that this year’s event will be better than ever, with more than 100 food and drink producers taking part.
For more information on this fabulously food-driven event, including where to stay and how to buy tickets, head to the website. This year’s festival runs from 29 – 30th September 2018
As Audrey Hepburn once said, “Paris is always a good idea” and I bet you’d be hard-pushed to find many reasons to disagree.
Paris, in September, is like no other month. After the eerie-stillness of August where many Parisians jet off to the coast (although tourists visit to relish the calm), there’s a renewed energy in September where the natives return with vigour and the city becomes alive again.
September sees the winding-down of the peak tourist season, and therefore hotel and air fares reduce accordingly. Plus, the weather is just that little bit cooler which is perfect when hitting the dazzling array of wonderful shops in the city.
Activities ideal for September include a leisurely cruise on the Seine river or a visit to the annual Kiosquorama Arts Festival which aims to raise awareness about sustainable development in major cities. The festival showcases performances from musicians and artists and offers a fab, laid-back vibe whilst also educating.
Alternatively, you might want to explore the city by foot, so have a look at this 2-day Paris itinerary to give you some inspiration on where to explore.
So, whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend away or whether you’re looking to explore, you’re sure to find something to suit everyone in the wonderfully elegant French capital.
A Week Away Or More
So if you’d like to get away for a week – or even longer if you’re really lucky – then check out the ideas below…
1. Ibiza Chill
You might be looking to laze on the beach in the day and party all night long. Or you might fancy some relaxation, exploration and to taste some fabulous cuisine. Whatever you’re seeking, you’ll find it in or around Ibiza in September.
The glorious month of September will offer you a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere, which is welcomed after the hedonism of the summer months. However, closing parties for the clubs are during the first week in October, so if you want to let off some steam and go wild, you do still have that option.
Hiring a private villa in Ibiza will give you the flexibility to come and go as you please – and they’re especially worth it money-wise if there’s a group of you. Also hire a car to discover even more of the unspoilt beauty of this magical island, finding hidden, secluded beaches and amazing little restaurants tucked away in the hills.
If you’re looking to sample some tantalizingly luxurious cuisine with a twist, then you MUST head to La Gaia in Ibiza which offers a fusion of flavours from japan and Peru. It’s not light on the pocket, but a meal here will be one to remember
2. Buenos Aires
The weather in Argentina in September is akin to Europe’s Spring, so it is an ideal time to explore this interesting and culturally diverse capital.
Buenos Aires is often referred to as “The Paris of South America” and once you’re there, you’ll easily see why. Cosmopolitan, tree-lined streets teemed with elegant natives and tourists relaxing in bohemian coffee shops, perusing upmarket, quirky boutiques. You could easily spend an entire day people-watching in Buenos Aires.
However, if you thrive on a bit of culture, head for the Art Basel Cities Week festivities in Buenos Aires. From September 6-12 this year, local artists exhibit their artworks and installations throughout the city which will also enable you to tour the city’s most vibrant neighbourhoods. Go to the website to find out more information on Art Basel Cities Week and to find out what’s on where.
You can’t go to Buenos Aires and not at least see some live tango dancing. After all, it is the birthplace of this lively and passionate dance. Stroll through the city early to late evening and you’re bound to witness some professional moves or head to a Milonga (a venue to practice tango) and have a fantastic time dancing the night away, meet new people and learn a new skill.
How about something really different for a September getaway? Experience the bi-annual migration of nomadic Ait Atta tribes people, a tradition that dates back some 4,000 years and sees the tribes people travel through the stunning Atlas Mountains of Morocco.
Joining the tribes people, you’ll travel from Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains with a local Berber family who are making their annual journey from the stifling, hot city to the cool and relaxed mountains and become part of the family on a unique eight-day walking expedition.
Highlights include sleeping in remote mobile campsites; assisting with the daily chores like animal herding and food preparation and exploring some amazing cities; experiencing life like a nomad. You’ll also get to eat some amazing home-cooked authentic Moroccan dishes and even learn to cook them yourself.
If you’re looking to create deep connections with people living a profoundly authentic and wholly different way of life, then this is the adventure for you.
To learn more about this wonderful opportunity, go to Another World Adventures website. Prices are around £765 for an eight-day trip.
So, hopefully you have some inspiration on how to spend leisure time in September. Unwind, experience new things and meet some fabulous people and you’ve spent your time well in September.
About the Author
My name is Natalie Blackburn and I’m a busy 36 year-old mum of two under five. I am from, and still live, in the vibrant city of Manchester. Since entering into my thirties and becoming a parent, I developed an interest in good financial planning, and coupled with my passion for writing, I have lovingly created the blog that you read on Sophisticated Savers.
Other interests of mine include reading (autobiographies are a particular favourite) and running (but only if I am pushed to, so I wouldn’t really call it an interest, but just wanted to sound as though I was quite fit!) and yoga (that is a real interest!). Wine and chocolate are also my real interests, and the occasional travel when I have the time.