Where to go on holiday in September 2018

Published on: Monday, August 13, 2018
Where to go on holiday in September 2018 - Victoria Falls, view from Zambia at sunset

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September is the perfect time for a quiet getaway after the summer rush, so we rounded up the best destinations to visit in September 2018

Best for families – Singapore

Singapore’s tropical climate and vibrant city scene attract visitors from around the world. The city is an authentic mix of Chinese, Indian and Malaysian culture. On 24 September, Chinatown hosts the Mid-Autumn Festival where Chinese culture is celebrated with traditional treats such as mooncakes and fine tea.

The Night Safari is a must-see, giving adults and children a chance to see nocturnal animals in their natural habitat. Right next door is River Safari, a wildlife park boasting the world’s largest freshwater aquarium and a pair of adorable giant pandas.

Eating well is a national obsession in Singapore. From 27 to 30 September, Resorts World in Sentosa, an island off Singapore’s southern coast, will be hosting The Great Food Festival where renowned chefs from the around the world will perform their culinary magic.

After a wholesome meal, burn off the calories by cycling around Pulau Ubin. Billed as the last kampong (village) in Singapore, this rustic island is crisscrossed with cycling and walking trails.

Travelling to Singapore

Search for your flights on Skyscanner, where you can look through multiple flight options and are guaranteed to find the best and cheapest.

Assuming you’re departing on September 21 and returning on 28, a check on August 9 reveals the cheapest flights are:

  • London to Singapore from GBP£391 with Qatar – this price is highly attractive and the quick stopover in Doha gives you a chance to stretch your legs. The duration is 16 hours 55 minutes.
  • New York to Singapore from US$651 with Air China with a stopover in Beijing. Take advantage of this stopover to visit Beijing as nationals from 53 countries (including Americans) can visit Beijing without a visa for up to 144 hours (six days) if you’re transiting through the city. To find out about visa-free transit in China, see the China visa & passport requirement guide.

Before you go, check out the Singapore travel guide.

Best for a beach break – Sicily, Italy

September is the perfect time to visit Sicily – the weather is warm, the summer crowds have abated and there are food festivals aplenty.

The warm turquoise water at San Vito Lo Capo is alluring, and after working up an appetite basking on the soft pale sands, indulge in San Vito Lo Capo’s offerings at the annual Cous Cous Festival (21 to 30 September) which features live music, cooking competitions and, of course, an abundance of couscous.

Less than two hours away from San Vito Lo Capo is Palermo. Anyone with a sweet tooth should make a beeline for the annual Sherbeth Festival (27 to 30 September), a celebration of the island’s famous gelato ice cream in Palermo.

Travelling to Sicily, Italy

Search for your flights on Skyscanner. Assuming you’re departing on September 21 and returning on 28, a check on August 9 reveals the cheapest flights are:

  • London to Catania Fontanarossa Airport from GBP£252 with British Airways. This direct flight takes 3 hours 5 minutes.
  • New York to Catania Fontanarossa Airport from US$724 with Norwegian + Transavia. This flight includes a stopover in Paris and takes 12 hours 30 minutes.
  • Singapore to Catania Fontanarossa Airport from SGD$1,404 with Emirates. This flight takes 17 hours 25 minutes with two stopovers in Sri Lanka and Dubai.

Before you go, see the Things to see and do in Italy guide.

Best for an adventure break – Livingstone, Zambia

Untamed wilderness and fascinating wildlife make Zambia an appealing safari destination, but its most famous landmark is Victoria Falls which it shares with Zimbabwe. Thrill-seekers come to bungee jump, plunging 111m (364ft) off the famous Victoria Falls Bridge into the mighty Zambezi river.

If you’d prefer to be on the river, rafting below the Victoria Falls is an equally adrenaline-filled experience.

September is the dry season in Livingstone, making it the prime time for safari. Join in conservation efforts where you can feed, ride and play with the African elephants, and track the highly endangered black rhino in the Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve.

Travelling to Livingstone, Zambia

Get the best deals on Skyscanner.

Assuming you’re departing on September 21 and returning on 28, a check on August 9 reveals the cheapest flights are:

  • London to Livingstone Airport from GBP£842 with Virgin Atlantic and British Airways. This flight has one stopover in Johannesburg and takes 15 hours 40 minutes.
  • New York to Livingstone Airport from US$1,424 with South African Airways. This flight has one stopover in Johannesburg and takes 19 hours and 5 minutes.
  • Singapore to Livingstone Airport from SGD$889 with Air China. This flight takes 21 hours 15 minutes with a stopover in Beijing.

Plan your trip with our useful Zambia travel guide.