Summer may have packed up its suitcase and fled England's shores, but there's no reason why you can't do the same this September. Why not prolong the summer by taking a holiday late in the season? The fact that peak time is over could work strongly in your favour. Lower demand means lower prices and less crowded resorts.
With the new school tern beginning, September sees a big drop in flight prices (sometimes up to 50%). Accommodation is also much cheaper in most cases, and you can get some great package deals. If you can afford to wait until the end of August, you will also be able to find last minute bargains, but this obviously leaves your holiday plans a little uncertain.
The Mediterranean climate is really accommodating at this time of year, with baking sun replaced by a balmy heat and perfect water temperature for swimming. On top of this, you will find that the Greek Islands are much less crowded than in August, with even the most popular spots on Corfu and Crete feeling relatively laid back. In September, you can therefore visit extremely popular beaches and resorts, such as those on the southern Spanish coast, without feeling as though you have brought half of England with you.
If you have you heart set on a holiday further afield then September is a great time to travel for a cheaper holiday. Look out for all inclusive package deals and bargain cruises to the Caribbean. Destinations such as the Maldives and Seychelles are also much cheaper at this point in the summer, so this is a good time to honeymoon.
When it comes to city breaks in Europe, September sees great deals on low cost airlines. Why not try out Slovakia, Slovenia or Croatia for a culturally rich experience that doesn't cost the earth. Croatia's Dubrovnik is emerging as one of the best city break destinations in Europe.
Your money will go further anywhere outside the Eurozone. With this in mind, why not take advantage of the mild, late summer weather by embarking on an activity holiday to Bulgaria or Croatia. Breathtaking scenery, mountains and outdoor pursuits will leave you spoilt for choice as to how to fill your time.
Although there is no guarantee, glorious September weather is not that uncommon across the UK in September. Why not take the ferry to Scilly Isles or Isle of Wight and enjoy some English seaside charm. In Devon and Cornwall, you'll find plenty of family activities for rainy days too, just in case. Taking the kids to the fossil coast is also a great September holiday. Lyme Regis is packed full of fascinating museums, shops and cute B+Bs.