Short Break (7 days) Costa Brava, Spain
While stretches of the Spanish south coast have surrendered to the ‘fly and flop’ brigade, the dramatic shoreline northeast of Barcelona has retained its Catalonian soul.
For the smaller resorts, Llafranc and Tamariu are gorgeous quieter spots with beaches sloping gently down to the beautiful turquoise Mediterranean.
In September, it will be generally quieter and therefore cheaper due to being out of school holiday season, with the weather being still warm and balmy.
If you like more than beaches, there are Greco-Roman remains at Empuries, Medieval Begur. So much to see and do!
Why not hire a car and nip down to Barcelona for the Festes de la Merce on the 24th?
Flights can be taken into beautiful Girona, which itself is worthy of a visit.
City Break (3 – 4 days) Munich Beer Fest (Oktoberfest)
Make a pilgrimage to the (in)famous world beer festival, Oktoberfest, which runs for 16 days from mid-September until the first Sunday in October.
With ceremonies, evening concerts, traditional Bavarian music and a big procession, it’s a colourful attack on the senses and worth a visit to tick that box!
There are plenty of lovely Bavarian culinary delights to soak up the suds and plenty of family activities too. As you’d imagine Munich is very busy at this time, so make sure you have all your travel and accommodation arrangements including your Beer Fest tickets well in place before you go.
Long Break (14 days) Vermont, USA
Now is that time to be dazzled by the fiery autumnal colours, with gold, red, orange and various other hues, Vermont’s hill will be flaming with colour.
Driving tours are very popular but you can also resort to pedal power for some amazing visits to the beautiful colonial towns and villages, such as Brandon, Middlebury and the fabulous Lake Champlain. It would take about three days to complete this triangular cycle to these three towns.
Here, try out the craft beers, artisan cheeses and of course America’s finest maple syrup! The weather is still warm, but make sure to take a cardigan!
Flying into Boston, you could catch an internal flight to Rutland Airport which is convenient for the Champlain Valley. Boston itself is fantastic and worth a good five days to visit in your Itinerary.