Travel & Leisure

International Vacations in the Late Summer/Early Fall

Given the lower rates and smaller crowds of tourists, this might be the perfect time to plan a getaway


By Katrina Caruso


The period from the end of August until early October can be a great time to get away on a vacation—flights and hotels become more affordable than in the summer, most tourists have gone back to work, and kids are back in school. Here are few tops picks for you to consider when booking your last-minute trip this season.

Portland, Maine: Visiting Portland after Labour Day might be the best for cutting costs. The city is a great choice for foodies looking to enjoy a small-town vibe on the coast.

Maui, Hawaii: The second-largest Hawaiian island, Maui offers a wide range of activities, from snorkelling, surfing, and golf to shopping and sightseeing.

Bodega Bay, California: From August 25-26, Bodega hosts a Seafood, Art and Wine Festival, which is sure to be a treat for any seafood lover. This fishing village has plenty of outdoor activities to take advantage of.
Chautauqua-Allegheny, New York: This region boasts two state parks, beaches, wineries, breweries, and much more. It’s a great place to take your bike or to get some horseback riding in.

Yellowstone National Park: Stretching over three states (Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming), Yellowstone is a gorgeous place to visit if you’re looking for an outdoor adventure.

Caribbean and Central America:
Barbados: If you want to stay at a resort on the beach, Barbados is one of the most beautiful islands and hosts some of the best beaches in the Caribbean.

Mexico City, Mexico: September is less hot here, and direct flights can be snagged for super cheap prices. There’s so much to do in this beautiful city, including visiting Frida Kahlo’s home.

With the crowds gone, it’s the ideal time to visit.

Paris, France: If you’re planning to go to France, go in September. Enjoy the sights, the food, and the fashion.

Florence, Italy: Florence is chock full of museums, historical and religious sites, and some of the best food. From there, you can also do some tours of other Tuscan villages.

Budapest, Hungary: Head to this UNESCO World Heritage Site for the ultimate relaxation: the city abounds in spas and thermal springs.

Photo: iStock/sankai.