Traditionally September is a time that marks summer being over, people returning to work and school starting but if you can swing it September is one of the best times to travel. For weekend trips, Europe is the most viable as it is closest.
In the most popular European destinations, September means tourists leaving and citizens coming back from their own holidays. Hotels are often emptier and cheaper, lines for attractions are shorter and prices begin to drop into off-season discounts.
The weather in western Europe tends to have cooled down a bit from the boiling summer temperatures, to more tolerable but still warm, with most Mediterranean locations settling at a comfortable 20-25 degrees.
This allows for a much wider range of activities, as it is still warm enough for the beach but cool enough for city holidays. Many you will be able to relate to that feeling of wanting to see so much on holiday but having to return to the hotel or Airbnb after just one activity covered in sweat and exhausted from the heat.
In eastern Europe temperatures begin cooling down, but this is nothing a coat or layers cannot solve, and you’ll likely have a lot of tourist sights almost to yourself. Of course, the pandemic complicates things, but a lot of countries have eased their restrictions and an EU Digital COVID certificate gets you in pretty much everywhere
For example, some countries close by that only require the EU Digital COVID certificate (and a passenger locator form) if traveling from Ireland, as of right now, are Spain, England, Portugal, Turkey, France, Germany and Italy.
If you’re remote studying and can take more than just a few days off and are craving something more exotic, a bit further and a bit hotter, Egypt is a great opportunity. Nothing says you have to be attending lectures from your bedroom, so why not be by the poolside or the ocean?
With current temperatures of around 30+ degrees and no rain, Egypt is hot, dry and great for a late summer vacation. All that’s currently required for a trip to Egypt is a negative PCR test and a passenger locator form and as an added bonus, Egypt made vaccinations mandatory for all tourism workers, so you can enjoy a more worry-free vacation and stay safe.