Although all the sunny days and balmy nights of summer are behind us, we’re looking forward to the buzzing, bustling energy of fall. With kids heading back to school and the workforce kicking into gear, this is the time for grown ups to slip away. As the warm weather continues throughout the month, destinations like Europe, North America and the Caribbean make for ideal holiday getaways, minus the summer crowds. So let everyone else get back to their old routine, and take the opportunity to change yours!
Puglia, also known as the sun drenched land in the heel of the Italian “boot” is a great destination for those who want to get away from the typical tourist spots in Italy (Rome, Venice, Florence). With the longest regional coastline on the mainland, it not only means meandering from one picturesque seaside village to another — think: a miniature version of the Amalfi coast minus the price tag — but also unforgettable food, amazing architecture, a rich history and great beaches. From the city of Lecce, a.k.a. the Florence of the South, to hip Bari, filled with fabulous food, students and a youthful vibe, Trani, a playground for the well-heeled, or Gallipoli for its baroque-esque beauty, fall is the best time to make your way here. And with harvest season in full swing, wine lovers will fall for the region’s grape varieties including Primitivo, Negroamaro and Malvasia, while those who like the fresh air can rent bikes and take in the incredible landscape at a more relaxed pace.
Where to stay in Puglia
If you’ve already visited France and Spain, now’s the time to make your way to the warm, sunny shores of Portugal. With one of Europe’s most underrated food and wine scenes, this slice of life on the Iberian Peninsula stretches along the Atlantic coastline and borders Spain. From the vibrant city vibes of Lisbon, to Porto, the birthplace of port, and especially the sought after beaches of Algarve in the south, this colorful, varied and endearing country has so much to offer every type of traveler, it’s no wonder it’s one of the hottest—and most affordable—destinations to visit right now. With a landscape that ranges from mountains and vineyards in the northern countryside to desert-like conditions in the resorts of the south, Portugal has one of the warmest climates in Europe, making a September trip guaranteed to have summer-like temperatures perfect for swimming, sunning, playing golf (it’s a golfer’s paradise!) and eating incredible meals with a glass of Vinho Verde in the shade or under the stars.
Where to stay in Portugal
Sometimes, all you need for a great vacation is a little fresh air, some time with nature, an opportunity to unwind and a destination that’s only a short plane ride away. Enter the beautiful state of Wyoming. Home of vast plains, the Rocky Mountains and the infamous Yellowstone National Park, there’s also Grand Teton Park that should not be overlooked this time of year. The beginning of the colorful, brisk autumnal season could not be a better time to take advantage of Grand Teton’s truly breathtaking natural beauty. Marvel at the mountains that rise nearly 23,000 ft from the valley floor, looming over the park’s 300,000-plus acres of coniferous forests, flowery alpine meadows, ice-blue glaciers and gray, granite peaks. Home to Jackson Hole, The Snake River, several lakes, wetlands and plenty of wildlife including moose, elk, deer, and all kinds of birds, whether you want to hike, bike, wander, drive or just admire from afar, this memorable piece of country is a truly an awe inspiring getaway. Wildfires are affecting park access in certain areas – check the National Park Service before you travel.
Where to stay in Wyoming
Right off the coast of Venezuela, this small Caribbean island makes up the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) and is part of the Dutch Caribbean. Although not all Caribbean islands are ideal to visit at this often stormy time of year, Bonaire is outside of the hurricane belt, making September ideal for travelers looking for a dose of Caribbean sunshine this fall. Peaceful, relaxed and with a truly tropical pace of life, this small, dry island has a steady yearly temperature of 81°F (27°C) and is known for consistent sunshine, beaches and incredible diving. Although primarily recognized for its scuba spots (Bonaire Marine’s Park offers a total of 86 dive sites), there is also snorkeling in Bonaire, including Red Beryl – considered the best area – Andrea II, Windsock and Tori’s Reef, all full of abundant sea life in less than 10 feet of water. If diving is not on the agenda, there’s plenty of other water and wind sports, as well as hiking, biking, reading a good book on the beach, and of course, enjoying all the freshly caught local seafood your heart desires.
Where to stay in Bonaire