September Travel Deals

by Jessica

December 6th, 2010

While it can be tough to talk about vacation planning to a worldwide audience – winter in one part of the world being summer in another, after all – there’s no confusion when you’re talking about September. September is the start of one of the two shoulder seasons of the year, and it doesn’t matter which hemisphere you’re in. In the Northern Hemisphere, September marks the start of the fall – while in the Southern Hemisphere it’s the start of spring. In either case, you’re looking at the best bang for your travel buck.

Depending on where you’re planning to go, September travel deals shouldn’t be too difficult to find. As always, in order to get the best prices it’s a good idea to start doing your research well in advance so you have a baseline for prices and know when a deal is truly a deal, but you’ll find your options are more plentiful in September. It’s a favorite month to travel for many people, with good reason.

As mentioned, September is a shoulder season, which means your travel budget will go further and the crowds in even the most popular destinations will be smaller. Some of the places that are experiencing shoulder season in September are Europe, much of Canada and the United States, Southeast Asia, and Southern Africa. The weather is quite good in these places, but prices aren’t as high for things like hotels and airfare – and if you’re paying attention you can even find special bargain prices on top of the existing deals as airlines and hotels try to keep seats and rooms full after a busy season.

There are also a couple holidays in September that are worth traveling for. Early September is home to the popular Bumbershoot Music Festival in Seattle, and of course there’s always Labor Day in the U.S. that marks the unofficial end of summer. The latter is such a major travel holiday that it’s well worth it to seek out special Labor Day travel deals well in advance.

And if you’d like to make a bigger trip in September and take advantage of both a shoulder season destination and a major annual holiday, then may we suggest a trip to Oktoberfest in Munich? The city floods with visitors in mid-September every year, so you’ll need to book your room months beforehand, but it’s a great excuse to party with the Bavarians and enjoy the benefits of the shoulder season as well.

If you’d prefer to play it by ear, you can always wait to see what pops up on the list of last minute travel deals when you finally decide you want to get out of town. There’s something kind of thrilling about packing a bag and not really being sure where it’ll go until a few days before you leave home – not to mention the money you’ll save in the process.

photo by ralphlunden

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