1. Chicago, USA
Go there in September to secure the space right near Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate and beat the huge crowds queuing for lifts at Willis Tower and gawping at the golden-colored art deco Carbide & Carbon Building.
2. Kyoto, Japan
Japan’s most romantic city shines brightest in September. The weather is gorgeous, and the hotel prices plummet to make up for the out of season demand.
3. eSwatini (formerly named Swaziland)
Visit eSwatini in September for springtime flowers and to get in there before the sticky summer rainy season begins in October.
4. Cali, Colombia
In September, the annual Festival Mundial de Salsa is held here, so visit for free shows, live music and spontaneous dancing in its cobbled streets.
5. Gothenburg, Sweden
Enjoy leafy walks in Slottsskogen or the harbour views from Keillers Park in between stops at the city’s wide choice of sustainable restaurants – try organic hotspot Taverna Averna, where they grow their own veg on the roof.
6. British Columbia, Canada
Head out to the majestic forested mountains and glaciers in Northern British Columbia. Or if nature with wild swimming, local wine and a bit more proximity to civilisation is more your jam, try the Okanagan Valley.
7. Corsica, France
France has somehow managed to keep this sun-drenched, mountainous island, 174km off its south coast in the Mediterranean, a secret. And with around 200 beaches, there’s enough room for a quiet break.
September, however, is a blissful time to visit, as the crowds thin out and the history and culture of this fascinating little country take centre stage.
9. New Zealand
New Zealand is a paradise, but the first days of spring make it jump off the page just that little more.
10. Munich, Germany
From beer halls to underground jazz clubs and museums, the Bavarian capital has a lot going for it at any time of year – but the real party starts in September.