For many popular holiday destinations, September to November is known as “shoulder season”; it’s a time when crowds thin out but temperatures remain pleasant, meaning you can hit some of your bucket-list spots for a more affordable price (and under far calmer conditions). These are some suggestions for an autumn getaway.
Paris slows down in October and November, so you’ll save money and be able to experience the romance capital without the hordes of tour groups. Breeze in and out of the Louvre, take up space on a boat tour of the Seine and stroll the cobbled side streets with plenty of room to breathe.
Head to the Green Mountain State in early September and you’ll be greeted with serenity. The fall colours will just be starting to show, but throngs of snap-happy tourists don’t tend to turn up for foliage photoshoots until October.
Those who live in Rome consider October to be the best month of the year to experience the eternal city. The weather is much more pleasant than in the horrendously hot summer, and there’s enough produce still in season to taste all the incredible delicacies on offer. The tourist crowds will have come and gone and you can enjoy the Italian capital at its best.
Visit this classic New England seaside spot after summer’s over and you’ll be able to devour endless lobster rolls with enough elbow space to enjoy every bite. The breeze may be cooler, but packing a jumper is worth a day on a near-empty beach.
Early autumn is the best time to visit this jewel of the Cyclades. September weather is still warm enough to enjoy the water, but your view of the sunset won’t be interrupted by an endless sea of iPhone camera flashes.
Europe’s biggest summer party unplugs most of its speakers after August, so you can take in the quieter side of the Balearic island. Sip your tinto de verano – one part lemonade, one part red wine – in peace and watch the sunset from a quiet patch of beach. You may never want to visit in summer again.
Once school is back in session, the Aloha state becomes far more tranquil. You’ll find all the beauty the islands have to offer with fewer people, more affordable prices and shorter queues for poké and malasadas.
Capri is always a splurge, but less so in September and October. Walk through the streets in peace, enjoy the beaches alongside locals (as opposed to thousands of tourists) and eat as much gelato as you want without having to wait in a queue. Just be sure to plan your trip before most of the hotels and restaurants close for the season on 1 November.
October is the last month of Peru’s dry season, making it an ideal time to visit this popular South American country. You’ll have toasty, dry days as you trek Machu Picchu, explore the Amazon or take in the sights, sounds and flavours of foodie capital Lima.
For a well-priced slice of the French Riviera, head to Villefranche-sur-Mer in September. Half an hour’s drive from Monaco and an hour’s drive from Cannes, you can easily take in the glitz and glamour without the crazy price tags.
Everyone is talking about Portugal this year, but head to Lisbon in October if you want to miss the crowds (and gorge on as many pastéis de nata as your heart desires).
Vegas is always busy, but crowds recede slightly between mid-September and mid-October. Whether or not you manage to win at the slot machines, you’ll definitely avoid the worst of the tourist crush.