Top 12 Destinations to Travel after Summer Ends

Whether you don’t like crowds during summer holidays or you haven’t satisfied your wanderlust cravings, autumn is simply a wonderful time to travel. Moderate temperatures are perfect for both soaking up the sun at some nice beach and exploring the architecture and history of European cities. Even if it’s only a weekend in nature, you’ll enjoy its gorgeous colour palette, fresh air and starry nights. From weekend getaways to exotic holiday destinations, we’ve gathered a list of top destinations for you to visit this autumn. 

1. Lisbon, Portugal

This lively capital of Portugal has a lot to offer, no matter if you’re travelling solo, as a couple or as a family. Its vibrant colours and people’s hospitality will make your stay here unforgettable. You can indulge in a cup of coffee or a delicious meal in the old town and meet some amazing locals. You’ll learn a lot about their history and the mentality of people. Temperatures in autumn are around twenty degrees which makes it perfect for a trip to some of the mesmerising beaches outside the city. This region is famous for its wines, so if you’re a wine lover, you’ll give your palate an experience to remember. Also, make sure to try some of the local specialities and visit the markets overflowing with fresh fruit and veggies. One of the great things for people coming from other parts of Europe is that you’re just a plane ride away, which means no jetlag.

2. The USA

If you’re into Halloween, this part of the continent is a must-see. Perfectly carved pumpkins, creative costumes, and streets full of trick-or-treaters will ensure you experience this festive season like nowhere else. There are spooky celebrations wherever you go as well as street markets and numerous festivals. However, this is not the only reason why you should visit the States during autumn. Many people say that New York is the most beautiful during this time of the year. Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco are bursting with shades of browns and yellows. If you’re a nature lover, you can explore some of the amazing national parks since the temperatures are perfect for that kind of adventure. Depending on your preferences and the length of your journey, you can decide which part of the USA you want to visit, then choose how you want to travel around and then pinpoint all the important things to see and do.

3. Armenia

With its harsh winters and hot summers, autumn is the perfect time to travel to this part of the world. We’re not sure whether it’s diverse architecture, stunning scenery, memorable cuisine or the people, but Armenia is certainly a true Caucasus’ gem. The scenery is spectacular. If you’re an adventurer, make sure to visit Mount Ararat. It’s a snow-capped dormant volcano near the Turkish border. For those interested in religious sites, there’s a Geghard Monastery which is not only a UNESCO World Heritage site but for many, the most beautiful religious building in the country. Armenia is famous for its cuisine so make sure to try as many national specialties as you can. Our recommendations are stuffed wines leaves and delicious baklava.

4. Bali

When we talk about Southeast Asia, one of the most popular destinations in this part of the world is beautiful Bali. No matter if you’re in search of stunning beaches or wild nightlife, here you’ll find them both and so much more. Autumn is the perfect time to visit Bali and explore everything this island has to offer. Kuta Beach is a must-see for all those who would like to try surfing. The swells are gentle, making this beach perfect for beginners. If you’re looking for fun, then make sure to make a trip to Ku De Ta, a famous day club. You can rent some of fantastic Bali villas nearby and make sure you’re staying in the heart of all action. Para Ulun Danu Bratan or simply called the Bali temple international tourist is a sight not to be missed. What makes this temple gorgeous is the mixture of Hindu and Buddhist architecture. Sometimes it looks like it’s floating because of the rising mists from the surrounding lake. Other activities include visiting some of Bali’s famous museums, beaches, or adrenalin-packed activities like diving and zip-lining. Whatever you choose, one thing is certain – you’ll leave the island with unforgettable memories.

5. Finland

This is a perfect spot for all natural-wonder seekers. Despite the common misconception that mesmerising Aurora Borealis can be seen only during winter, we’d recommend you go during autumn. To enjoy this spectacular sight, you should get away from the city lights. You can stay in some of the secluded chalets for an unforgettable experience. If you like to spend time surrounded by nature than you’ll be thrilled to find out that beautiful Finnish Lapland is worth exploring both day and night. There are plenty of hiking trails in the countryside painted with every possible shade of red and amber.

6. Taiwan

Although it may not be a destination everyone is buzzing about, it’s certainly worth visiting. It has to offer everything from cosmopolitan cities, glorious temples, stunning landscape, and wild nightlife. Autumn brings cooler temperatures (22-26°C) making way for the northeast monsoon to arrive. Get ready to be thrown by the number of things to do, see, and places to eat. For those who prefer an active holiday, there are great hiking tours. This is a fantastic opportunity to explore the local villages and to get to know the culture and customs of people living there. Other sports that will get your heart rate up are biking and kayaking at Sun Moon Lake. When it comes to food, we highly recommend trying local specialities at one of many night markets.

7. Newfoundland

Heaven for solitude seekers, this Canada’s most easterly province will impress you. You’ll be surprised by the number and diversity of activities this place has to offer. Hunts for glaciers, picking blueberries, or hanging out with puffins are just some of the things that will leave you with unforgettable memories of this place.  Enjoy the sweeping coastline vistas or go on a tour to grab a chance to see a humpback whale leaping out of the water. Flights and accommodation are much cheaper during autumn so it makes it a perfect time to visit this fantastic island. 

8. Budapest

Hungary is one of the destinations that never stop to attract tourists. With its architecture, thermal spas, and delicious cuisine, Budapest has been one of the most famous tourist attractions for a very long time. The fusion of rich history and modern energy, it offers plenty of places to see and things to do. The number of hotels and places to stay is astonishing. You can find anything from cheap B&Bs to luxurious 5-star hotels. Cultural and nightlife scenes will ensure you never get bored in this city. No matter if you’re travelling solo, as a couple or with your family, you’ll find activities to enjoy. The end of summer is the perfect time to visit Budapest, especially if you’re a beer lover. There’s a famous beer festival on the Buda fortress where you’ll enjoy not only local craft brews but an astonishing view of the city. 

9. Istanbul

Home to 15 million people, Istanbul is the only city in the world that spans two continents. Famous for its grandiose palaces and mosques, many people become surprised by the artistic side of the city. In September, there’s an annual art fair which gathers artists, collectors, and everyone interested in art. If you’re more interested in architecture, then the options are endless. There are so many different districts to explore, but make sure you visit the famous Fatih district and its stunning structures dating from the Ottoman Empire. You’ll find that the streets are packed with places to eat, so make sure you try some of the local specialities. Turkish people love lamb with lots of vegetables. If you’re not a fan of veggies, don’t let that stop you from trying something new. Turkish cuisine is delicious and fun. If you have a sweet tooth, then you’ve come to the right place. Turkish baklava is something you have to try when in Istanbul.

10. Greece

If you like the seaside but hate the crowded beaches and overpriced hotels, then the autumn may be the perfect time for you to go south. Greece with its dreamy islands offers plenty of sunshine, turquoise sea, and delicious food. It is a destination suitable for every type of traveller. History lovers will get busy exploring the ancient cities and their ruins, while those looking for relaxing holiday can enjoy at the beach with books and cocktails. Sandy beaches and spectacular sunsets make Greece one of the most popular wedding destinations. If you’ve decided to tie the knot this autumn, many beautiful places will provide you a wedding of your dreams. For all those party lovers, the island of Mykonos is a place to be. It’s famous nightlife and dream-like beaches will make a truly memorable holiday.

11. Paris, France

This city doesn’t need much introduction. One of the most visited cities in the world, Paris is famous for its romantic atmosphere. If you decide to go to Paris, make sure to explore the city’s magnificent architecture and history and get to know a bit more about French culture. There are many cheese and wine tasting tours you can go on. Cruising down the river Seine will provide you with a new perspective of the city. Paris is also a city of art and fashion, so make sure you visit some of its famous museums. The Eiffel Tower, art galleries, and botanical gardens will surely make you fall in love with this city. The vibrant nightlife and numerous concerts are a perfect opportunity for all those night owls to explore the city by night. 

12. Rovinj, Croatia

Although all seasons are delightful, the best time to visit Rovinj is in autumn. It’s a perfect destination for those who want to get away from the big cities and enjoy some peace and tranquillity on the sea coastline. Rovinj will offer charming old cobblestone streets and good local wine. The centre of the town is overlooking the harbour and there you can find some of the best restaurants in the region. Fresh fish is served daily, as well as seafood. Whatever restaurant you choose, make sure to ask for truffles. 

Croatia is also a great destination to travel to during springtime, and if you are looking for other brilliant Easter holiday destinations to consider, you can check out this article on the award-winning Travel Money site.

The end of summer doesn’t have to mean the end of travelling. On the contrary, many places offer unforgettable experiences during this time of year, so make sure to choose yours in time and start packing.  

Stella Ryne

Stella Ryne is an art historian, traveller, conscious consumer and a proud mother. When she is not trying to improve the things around her (and herself, for that matter), she likes to lose herself in a good book. She’s deeply into green practices, cherishing the notion that sustainable living and sustainable travel will not only make us far less dependent on others regarding the dwellings we inhabit and what we eat, but also contribute to our planet being a better place to live on. Stay in touch with Stella via Twitter @RyneStella