From the biggest festival in Brisbane to the best bungee jump in Zambia, we round up what’s hot for September 2019
Best for families: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Join Australians and welcome in (their) spring with the Brisbane Festival, an annual extravaganza of the arts that takes over the city.
This three-week celebration runs from September 6-28 with more theatre, music, dance and opera than you can shake a circus stilt at. Highlights this year include a performance by pop icon Kate Miller-Heidke (who represented Australia in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest) and don’t forget the Sunsuper Riverfire where the sky comes to life with an amazing firework display.
Getting to Brisbane, Queensland
Flights to Brisbane are easily accessible from Singapore and several Australian cities. Search for your flights on Skyscanner to find the best and cheapest available. Assuming you’re departing on September 8 and returning on 15, a check on July 11 reveals the cheapest flight from Singapore to Brisbane is with Emirates from S$646 return.
Best for city slickers: Ljubljana, Slovenia
If you’re looking for a dose of cultural enrichment this September, Slovenia’s capital and largest city, Ljubljana, will do the trick. Home to a collection of intriguing museums, charming parks and café-lined pavements, Ljubljana is ideal for those who want to simmer down and immerse themselves in the culture. Plan to visit on September 28 when the streets of the city come alive with the sound of music – organ music to be more specific.
Dressed in historical clothing and paying homage to the city’s traditions, organ grinders parade around Ljubljana playing the barrel organ – a simple instrument, which was used by 19-century buskers who travelled across the country. At first, this organ might seem as though it is played automatically, but it actually takes a great amount of skill and practice to master – and just turning the handle won’t suffice.
Getting to Ljubljana, Slovenia
Search for your flights on Skyscanner to find the best and cheapest available. Assuming you’re departing on September 26 and returning on 29, a check on August 07 reveals the cheapest flight from London to Ljubljana is with easyJet from £148 return.
Best for beach bums: Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA
Prolong your summer this year with a getaway to the coastal city of Virginia Beach where stretches of sand are fringed by a lengthy boardwalk, and towering rows of palm trees provide the perfect backdrop. When you’re not lounging under an umbrella or paddling in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean, make sure that you check out the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival. This year marks the 46th anniversary – and promises the ultimate beachside bash.
Taking place on various dates throughout the month, this festival, on Virginia Beach Boardwalk, offers over 40 events, including volleyball and golf tournaments, a surfing competition, an 8km race, a sand-sculpting competition, an arts and crafts show, a sailing regatta, live music concerts, a grand parade and plenty of food stalls to keep your energy up. There is even a wine festival, which features a selection of local wines at Neptune Park. Some of the events are free, while others require tickets – and rest assured that the audience has just as much fun as the participants.
Getting to Virginia Beach, Virginia
Virginia Beach is easily accessible from Norfolk International Airport. Search for your flights on Skyscanner to find the best and cheapest available. Assuming you’re departing on September 13 and returning on 27, a check on July 11 reveals the cheapest flight from New York to Norfolk International Airport is with American Airlines from US$157 return.
Before you go, check out the Virginia travel guide.
Best for thrill-seekers: Livingstone, Zambia
Untamed wilderness and fascinating wildlife make Zambia an appealing safari destination, but its most famous landmark is Victoria Falls, a thundering waterfall that it shares with Zimbabwe. Thrill-seekers come here to bungee jump, plunging 111m (364 ft) off the famous Victoria Falls Bridge and dangle above 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 a safari adventure. During your trip, you can even join in the conservation efforts by feeding, riding and playing with the African elephants. A visit to Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve might also result in you spotting an endangered black rhino, or another one of the Big Five game animals.
Travelling to Livingstone, Zambia
Get the best deals on Skyscanner. Assuming you’re departing on September 15 and returning on 22, a check on July 11 reveals the cheapest flights are:
- London to Livingstone Airport from GBP£526 with Qatar Airways and Kenya Airways.
- New York to Livingstone Airport from US$962 with Qatar Airways and Kenya Airways.
- Singapore to Livingstone Airport from SGD$1,402 with Qatar Airways and Kulula.
Plan your trip with our useful Zambia travel guide.
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