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Vancouver, Canada

With imposing mountain ranges to the north and the Pacific Ocean nuzzling the coast to the west, Vancouver is a nature enthusiast’s nirvana. But it’s not all about hiking through bear country; the city boasts a thriving creative community as well as an ever-evolving startup scene, giving it a young, arty edge.

Botswana, Africa

A less obvious choice than Kenya, the dry weather in September results in less vegetation and plenty of thirsty animals gathering around the watering holes, guaranteeing you plenty of opportunities to spot some of Africa’s most spectacular game.

Ibiza, Spain

Get your last dancing fix with the legendary White Isle closing parties, or make for the hills on the the other side of the island and do the exact opposite: recharge at a yoga retreat or organic farm. We recommend both – in that order.

Ethiopia

If you’re after an adventure which will open your eyes to new people, places and things, this West African country is ripe for exploration. Poverty may still be a very real thing, but the economy is thriving and the capital, Addis Ababa, has an effervescent creative spirit about it, with an enviable coffee culture to boot. Escape the city and head to the Simien Mountains for your wildlife fix afterwards.

Cartagena, Colombia

This colourful walled ex-pirate town on Colombia’s Caribbean Coast looks like it was plucked from the pages of a story book. Street sellers peddling giant avocados set up shop alongside pretty boutiques as reggaeton beats gently waft past dilapidated colonial buildings – it’s hard not to get caught up in the heady rhythm. Just a few hours away, Tayrona National Park offers sweeping white-sand beaches as reward for hiking through lush rainforests.

Chefchaouen, Morocco

This northern Moroccan city has exchanged the terracotta-hued architecture typical of the rest of the country for brilliant blue hues. Nestled in the Rif mountains and slightly inland from the Mediterranean, it maintains a temperature more akin to a European summer than the scorching desert heat you’re likely to experience further inland.

Tenerife, Canary Islands

This Atlantic island is alluring at any time of year, but particularly as autumn approaches when the stable temperature (usually above 20 degrees) feels particularly luxurious. If you’re looking for something more than simply sunbathing, head here to surf black-sand beaches and descend gaping gorges – fuelled by plenty of fresh fish.

Comporta, Portugal

Often compared to a laid-back Ibiza, this beach-shack town in the Alentejo region of west Portugal is one of the country’s best-kept secrets. Portugal’s long summers mean the weather is just perfect in September – spend days horse-riding, exploring sleepy fishing villages or simply reading a book. If you’re feeling intrepid, embark on a road trip through Portugal’s wild west.

Izmir, Turkey

This youthful city is packed with intrigue thanks to a lively student population juxtaposed with ancient monuments, galleries and museums. If you liked the buzz of Istanbul’s bazaars and the romance of Athens’ crumbling temples, this Aegean port town has similar charms but fewer people.

What’s happening in the world in September?

25 August – 2 September: Burning Man Festival, Nevada

6-7 September: Birdsville Races, Australia

6-14 September: New York Fashion Week, US

14-18 September: London Fashion Week, England

19-25 September: Milan Fashion Week, Italy

25 September – 3 October: Paris Fashion Week, France

21 September – 6 October: Oktoberfest, Germany

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