September is a great time to release some stress, pack your bags, and set your sights on a thrilling location for one last getaway before the holiday season officially begins.

Budget-conscious travelers enjoy this time of year as it is sometimes referred to as “shoulder season” and hotel prices generally drop in most places from their higher summer rates.

Here are a few of the best places to travel to in September if you are looking for a bargain, along with some suggestions for things to do that are inexpensive or free while on vacation.

Take It To The Top In Tanzania

Perfect weather and sunny skies are just a few reasons to make your way to Tanzania, and Kilimanjaro National Park should be at the top of your list.

If the four-day trek to the summit of the mountain is not a priority, consider going to  Chala Crater Lake which lies in the shadow of Kilimanjaro Mountain on the border between Kenya and Tanzania.

You can swim, hike, and soak up the awe-inspiring views. If you’re lucky you may even catch sight of some endangered fish like the Chala tilapia darting below the surface.   

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Dive Deep Into Portugal’s History

Famed for its delectable cuisine, historical architecture and lively culture, Portugal is an excellent place to visit in September. If you want to have an unforgettable experience that won’t break the bank, be sure to visit the Drowned Village of Vilarinho da Furna. This is a 2000-year-old town that was purposely flooded by an electric company in the 1970’s.

You can see ruins of the stone buildings and barren walls emerge from the depths when the water levels from the dam drop. Even if the water is too high for a glimpse from the shore, you can hop on a glass bottom tour boat to examine the underwater village.  

There is also a museum dedicated to the lost city in nearby São João do Campo that’s worth checking out when you’re in the area.

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Keeping It Classy In Berlin

Berlin is a vibrant and energetic destination, and there are many inexpensive things to do like visit the war memorials and museums.

However; if you are looking for something that is “classy and cultured,” make your way to the Berliner Philharmonie concert hall. They offer free lunchtime concerts every Tuesday at 13:00 hours. Modern and sophisticated, it’s an elegant way to “while away a few hours” and enjoy some unforgettable classical music.  

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New York’s Urban Oasis

There is nowhere in the world quite like New York City, and the weather in September is at its best. The clear skies and temperate climate make it perfect for outside activities, and one way to save a few bucks is to spend the day at one of NYC’s many parks.

Make your way to Central Park in Manhattan and go to the fantastic zoo, hit the bike trails, or opt for a stimulating yoga class. If you prefer to see where the locals hang out, skip Central Park and head to either Brooklyn Bridge Park or Hudson River Park.

You’ll discover a ton of sports and activities, or you can just spend the day enjoying the views and exploring the greenery.  

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Melissa is a passionate foodie, travel writer, and editor working in media internationally and in the USA. She has lived in Bangkok since 2004 and has a background in the travel industry. Melissa’s writing has been published globally in many prestigious online and print magazines for over a decade. Her motto for life is “You cannot live or love well if you have not wined and dined well!”