5 best places to go in September and October – A Luxury Travel Blog

Although not the first one to say, I’ll reiterate—these are weird times. And while international (and sometimes even domestic) travel is basically out of the question at the moment. We and many other adventuresome folks are thinking ahead to when it’ll be safe for us to explore the world again. Nothing right now is guaranteed, but we are hopeful that travel will resume by the summer, if not sooner. That being said, fall trips are probably a safer bet. So, where can you start dreaming about?

Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast in September

As one of the sunniest spots on the Mediterranean coast, Europeans (and others) flock to this Riviera during July and August. That makes for crowded streets, beaches, shops, restaurants, and just about everything else. September is the beginning of Croatia’s shoulder season and the intense summer crowds start to thin. It’s also when the temperatures are more moderate—warm enough to explore without jackets, but not so warm that you’re sweating and uncomfortable.

Spain in September or October

In the north, September is considered one of the best months to walk the Camino de Santiago because the weather is generally warm with blissfully cool evenings and mornings. Plus, the trails are not as busy as in July and August. In the south, October is the shoulder season, which like Croatia, means fewer crowds and more moderate temperatures. This is also the time of year when you might see olive or grape harvests going on depending on seasonal factors.

The Himalayas in September or October 

Fall in Bhutan and Nepal typically brings the driest weather, which means the clearest skies. And it’s important to have clear skies to enjoy views of the spectacular and humbling mountains. If you want to see Everest and other sky-high peaks on your hikes or through a plane window, this is the time to go. You’ll see farmers in their fields harvesting the season’s bounty, and temperatures can still reach into the 80s in some places!

Portugal and the Azores in September or October

Summertime in Portugal is hot and dry and the most popular time for visitors. But by autumn, the intense heat of the summer has passed, and there are fewer crowds, which is better for both your urban and rural exploration. Whether you choose to explore the mainland, the lush volcanic archipelago in the Atlantic, or both, you’ll find pleasant temperatures both on the ground and in the water (if you choose to take a dip).

New Zealand in October

October is one of the best months for spotting dolphins, whales, and penguins (who doesn’t love penguins?). Since it’s spring in the Southern Hemisphere, you’ll also see adorable baby lambs grazing alongside their mothers and wildflowers blooming on the hillsides. There’s something lovely about seeing the landscape come to life again with color. Plus, you can often find better airfare prices!

Matt Holmes is the Founder & President of Boundless Journeys. Boundless Journeys is an award-winning tour operator that goes off the beaten path for immersive and authentic travel experiences.

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LEGOLAND New York Resort Opening Pushed Back to 2021

The highly anticipated opening of LEGOLAND New York Resort in Hudson Valley has been postponed until 2021 due to the ongoing global impact of coronavirus (COVID-19), Merlin Entertainments announced Tuesday.

The theme park, which will be located approximately 60 miles north of New York City, was previously scheduled to open on July 4, 2020.

“Nothing is more important to us than the health, safety and security of our team, the partners we work with, and the communities we serve,” said LEGOLAND New York Resort Divisional Director Stephanie Johnson in a statement accompanying the announcement. “We are in an unprecedented situation that has affected businesses worldwide. By opening LEGOLAND New York Resort in 2021 we are building an attraction that not only meets our high standards, it also gives our guests the best possible experience.”

“We are grateful for the support and understanding from our guests and neighbors as we navigate the challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic,” added Johnson said. “We look forward to building unforgettable memories with our guests and their families when we open in 2021.”

The resort confirmed that all previously purchased annual passes and single-day tickets will be honored when it opens next year and that those who have booked vacation packages through LEGOLAND Vacations will have the opportunity to be the first to book for the 2021 season.

Important update from LEGOLAND New York Resort. Please visit our website at https://t.co/Nc9ZnzHz3b for more information. pic.twitter.com/ZPcH4DcKEJ

Once open, guests will have access to as many as seven themed lands featuring more than 50 rides, shows and attractions as well as the LEGOLAND Hotel, which is also scheduled to debut in 2021.

Contact your travel advisor or visit LEGOLAND.com/new-york for more information. Guests can also email their questions to [email protected]

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Strict new isolation measure for anyone returning from overseas

Australians returning from overseas will be placed into makeshift quarantine camps established at hotels and the military will help ensure they don’t leave.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced strict new isolation measures for those who have come home from abroad, which will be in place by Saturday at midnight, in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus.

“States and territories will be quarantining all arrivals through our airports in hotels and other accommodation facilities for the two weeks of their mandatory self-isolation before they are able to return to their home,” Mr Morrison said at a press conference in Canberra.

“If their home is in South Australia or Perth or Tasmania and they’ve arrived in Melbourne, they will be quarantining in Melbourne.”

Mr Morrison said the strict new measure was necessary given two-thirds of all confirmed cases of coronavirus in Australia are the result of Aussies coming home from overseas.

And to ensure people remain in the hotels where they’re placed for 14 days, the Commonwealth will provide support by deploying the Australian Defence Force “to assist with compliance”, he said.

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Australians abroad continue to make their way home, but from Saturday, they’ll be made to spend 14 days in quarantine.Source:News Corp Australia

Scott Morrison announces strict new isolation measure.Source:SKY

The PM was at pains to stress that the military had not been authorised to prosecute people for breaches – that remains the responsibility of law enforcement agencies in each jurisdiction.

“The ADF will be there to support those enforcement authorities. And so, we will be turning to the Defence Forces to support compliance with these new arrangements.

“It will require cooperative and facilitative support, and I have no doubt the Forces will do that in the most sensitive way they can, but it is necessary.”

For some time now, anyone arriving in Australia from overseas has been required to fill out an isolation declaration card, detailing where they will be self-isolating.

“This is enforceable by law,” Mr Morrison said.

There have reports of breaches of those self-isolation requirements and states and territories have stepped up their enforcement protocols.

“If you have come back into Australia, you need to live up to this pledge and the state and territory governments are going to make sure you do.”

But people were previously able to do that at home – something that ends tomorrow.

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Australians returning from abroad will be forced into quarantine for 14 days. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

“For those who are seeking to make their way back, know these arrangements will be in place and they are mandatory,” Mr Morrison said.

“They should also know that it won't be before too long where we will be very difficult to get back do Australia.”

In terms of the number of returning Australians likely to be quarantined, the PM said 7120 people arrived at airports across the country yesterday.

The same new arrangement will apply to the Vasco da Gama cruise ship that’s currently off Perth, with a number of Australians on board.

The West Australian Government plans to quarantine those passengers on Rottnest Island, which was this week cleared to make way for them next week.

The Vasco de Gama cruise ship is currently off Perth.Source:Getty Images

Speaking in Melbourne this afternoon, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said it didn’t matter where Australians were returning from given coronavirus is “running so wildly rampant in a number of other countries”.

“If you have been in international airports and are returning from anywhere, really, you are an unacceptable risk if we just let you go about your business,” Mr Andrews said.

“You have got to quarantine, and we are now going to have a situation from midnight tomorrow night where you will not be quarantining at home on an honesty basis.

“You will be quarantining with appropriate support at a hotel with everything, here in the CBD, in the suburbs or in regional areas, and we will make those arrangements as convenient as we can.

“It is a big step to take away someone's liberty and make them go to a certain place and stay there for two weeks but this is life-and-death.”

Between 1300 and 2000 people are arriving back into Melbourne each day and the Victorian Government has 5000 hotel rooms on standby.

“We will do the work to step that up,” Mr Andrews said.

“Those numbers (of arrival) will perhaps drop off in coming days but we have sufficient capacity and we have done the work early to be able to accommodate those people.

“They will be housed, fed and transported at no cost to them but this is the best way to ensure absolute compliance.”

Some 500 police officers are conducting self-isolation enforcement now for those who have arrived back in recent days and weeks to ensure people are where they should be. “So, if you are doing the wrong thing you will be caught.”

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says the new quarantine measures as a matter of “life and death”.Source:News Corp Australia

Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy said health authorities are “worried” about the continued rapid growth in infection numbers, which today tipped over 3000.

“But as the Prime Minister said we're in an almost unique situation in this country in that even now a substantial part of the new cases is returned travellers,” Professor Murphy said.

“Our numbers have not been helped by a recent cruise ship, which has given lots of cases in Sydney. We are still seeing significant numbers of returned travellers with the virus developing an infection and, in many cases, passing it on to their families.”

It’s critical to “stop the capacity” for any returning travellers to spread coronavirus, Professor Murphy.

“We would look after them when they get the virus, as some will do, as they continue to come home, coming from countries now that have large outbreaks, so the risk is getting higher and higher as the number of flights reduce, but the risk in those countries increase.

“ This is a really important thing. But we are also worried about community transmission. That is the single most important concern for the health experts.”

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