19 Cheap destinations in 2014 with great weather in September

Having wrapped up the articles for cheap cities with great July weather and cheap cities with great August weather, it’s nice to arrive in a month where better bargains are available in places with manageable crowds. The savvy budget traveler skips the summer months to take advantage of better weather and lower prices in September.

Europe in particular really opens up with some great deals in cities that actually have their best weather of the year at the end of summer. Airfares get lower and hotels and hostels get cheaper and easier to find, so this is really perfect if you’ve got the time off.

On the other hand, there are fewer good destinations in the Americas this time of year, and Southeast Asia, which is normally the budget traveler’s Mecca, is at the peak of a harsh rainy season this month.

Prices listed for each city are from our Backpacker Index for 2014, which compares cities around the world for the same common budget travel expenses.

The Americas

While more cheap destinations have better weather in September on a global scale, the Americas are still in an in-between phase, with chilly temperatures in most of South America, and the rainy season in full effect in Central America.

The Caribbean

SamanaDRNot many people consider the Caribbean in September because it’s the heart of the tropical storm season in the region, but many savvy travelers go anyway, taking advantage of rock-bottom prices and lovely weather. The truth is that parts of the Caribbean rarely get storms and the whole area is dry most of the time. The risks are extremely low and the prices are too so those who plan trips this month can get much more luxury than at any other time of year.


Cancun, Mexico

Cancun

  • September avg high: 91F/33C
  • September avg low: 76F/24C
  • September avg precip: 8.9″/22.3cm

While it’s true that September is one of the more active months for potential hurricanes in Cancun, they’ve only hit the area about once every 10 years, and only one of those in the last 40 years was in September. In other words, the chance of being effected are extremely slim, and the resort and airfare discounts are HUGE.

Most likely you’ll get a handful of quick downpours each week, and you can get 4-star beach hotels for well under US$100 per night for two people. Even all-inclusive resorts only cost a bit more. It’s not for everyone, but savvy travelers flock to these sorts of places when the general public massively overestimate the potential risks.

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Montego Bay, Jamaica

MontegoBay

  • September avg high: 89F/32C
  • September avg low: 76F/24C
  • September avg precip: 2.3″/5.8cm

If Cancun isn’t your cup of tea, then Montego Bay just might be. On the northern coast of Jamaica, it tends to have a limited exposure to any possible hurricanes, and they only get near the place on average every 11 years. In most years, they don’t even get much rain in September, much less a tropical storm.

But because so many members of the public overestimate the risks, resort prices hit their rock-bottom levels this time of year. You can get a room in a luxury all-inclusive resort for under US$200 per night for two people, and airfares tend to be cheap as well.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • September avg high: 81F/27C
  • September avg low: 64F/18C
  • September avg precip: 2.4″/6.0cm

September is yet another excellent month in Rio de Janeiro, still a few months before the rainy season kicks in that is also accompanied by the hotter summer temperatures. Every day in September should be pleasantly warm and every night should be cool enough to be enjoyable as well.

Another key detail here is that this is part of the low season for hotels, so you should be able to get some of the nicer places overlooking Copacabana or Ipanema beaches for surprisingly good rates. Overall Brazil has gotten to be a bit on the expensive side due to its rising currency, but it’s still a great bargain compared to Europe or North America.

2014 Backpackers Index: US$54.04

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New Orleans, USA

  • September avg high: 87F/31C
  • September avg low: 71F/22C
  • September avg precip: 5.6″/14cm

Especially during the second half of September, New Orleans starts getting over the muggy summer sizzle, with temperatures becoming quite nice most of the time. There’s definitely the threat of a bit of rainfall, but that’s actually true in every month of the year in New Orleans.

Compared to nearly every other major American tourist city, New Orleans remains a bargain. Hotels usually have lower prices through summer, and that includes September at many places, so this is an ideal month to take advantage of lower prices and some rather nice weather at the same time.

2014 Backpackers Index: US$58.90

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Europe

September might be the best month of the year to visit Europe for the budget traveler. Most of the cheaper cities in the south have great weather, and crowds have already thinned out from the August peaks.

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Sofia, Bulgaria

  • September avg high: 73F/23C
  • September avg low: 51F/11C
  • September avg precip: 1.5″/3.8cm

Europe’s cheapest tourist city does start to get cool at night toward the end of September, but at least the crowds thin out a bit at the same time, making this an ideal time to come. Hotels still are in high-season mode through the month, though prices are generally so cheap compared to anywhere else in Europe that it’s barely worth worrying about.

Sofia is becoming a favorite among low-budget backpackers who are looking for a place to slow down for a while. The hostel beds are also shockingly cheap here, even compared to other cheap cities on this same list. It can’t stay this affordable forever, so don’t wait too long if you are a cheapskate who likes to brag about being places before the masses come.

2014 Backpackers Index: US$25.95

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Krakow, Poland

  • September avg high: 67F/19C
  • September avg low: 50F/10C
  • September avg precip: 2.2″/5.5cm

It might be a bit of a stretch to say that Krakow has “great weather” in September, especially in the second half of the month, but we’ll keep it on the list one last time because it’s still very pleasant this time of year, and crowds are much more reasonable after the August rush as well.

Krakow is a long way from any coast so it has a good 5 to 6 months of frigid weather each year, making a visit during the warmer months pretty much mandatory. This continues to be one of the cheapest and most charming cities in all of Europe, becoming very popular with stag parties and such as well, so if you are in the area it would be wise to plan at least a short stay.

2014 Backpackers Index: US$28.78

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Budapest, Hungary

  • September avg high: 72F/22C
  • September avg low: 53F/12C
  • September avg precip: 1.7″/4.3cm

September is the perfect month to visit Budapest since days are almost all warm but never out of control, and it’s one of the drier months as well. This city continues to get more popular and more expensive each year, so avoiding the July and August crush is ideal if at all possible.

Availability at hotels can still be tight, so it’s best to book in advance if you can, but at least you know you’ll be able to find something decent and in your price range if you just show up in September. This is another of Europe’s best travel bargains for the budget traveler, and by October it cools off quite a bit, so now is the time to go.

2014 Backpackers Index: US$32.69

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Istanbul, Turkey

  • September avg high: 77F/25C
  • September avg low: 60F/16C
  • September avg precip: 1.7″/4.3cm

Combining the massive crowds of August with the muggy days, a visit to Istanbul during the peak months might not be wise, but during September things get quite a bit better. Days are warm but rarely too hot, and there’s still not much rain to worry about. Better yet, the insane summer crowds definitely start to ease up a bit, making shopping and sightseeing much more pleasurable.

Istanbul had certainly gotten much more expensive in recent years, but the weakened Turkish Lira has more than made up for it so it’s relatively cheap again. Bargains are still possible, but definitely more hidden than before, with hotels in particular being weirdly expensive most of the year. Book well in advance to find the better accommodation deals.

2014 Backpackers Index: US$35.39

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Antalya, Turkey

  • September avg high: 89F/32C
  • September avg low: 66F/19C
  • September avg precip: 0.6″/1.5cm

The beginning of September can still be a bit scorching in Antalya, but by the middle of the month it’s usually wonderful and still perfectly sunny. The beach resorts outside of the city are much cheaper and less crowded after the August crush, so those looking for an all-inclusive package holiday will find excellent value this month.

The city of Antalya itself has only a few hostels and none are as cheap as they probably should be, so the city comes up as a bit pricey on the Backpacker Index, but the cheap hotels through the historic city center more than make up for it. This city is an excellent bargain for those looking for sunny weather on the Mediterranean, and cheap flights are usually easy to find as well.

2014 Backpackers Index: US$29.19

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Prague, Czech Republic

  • September avg high: 67F/19C
  • September avg low: 50F/10C
  • September avg precip: 1.6″/4.0cm

Another city where “great weather” might be a stretch during September, Prague is so unbelievably crowded during the warmer months that it’s far better to pack a light jacket and come after summer than deal with the herds. The first half of September is actually quite nice, with very little rainfall, so it’s the perfect time of year to visit unless you like to bundle up during the day.

The secret of Prague’s charms hasn’t been a secret for over a decade now, and prices keep rising to meet the increased demand. Yet, it’s still quite cheap compared to other European cities that aren’t half as lovely or charming. Hotels in particular can be expensive so it’s best to book early to lock in something in a good neighborhood if you can.

2014 Backpackers Index: US$50.30

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Lisbon, Portugal

  • September avg high: 79F/26C
  • September avg low: 63F/17C
  • September avg precip: 1.1″/2.8cm

September is the perfect month to visit Lisbon, with warm days, pleasant evenings, and still almost no rainfall. The crowds of summer have eased off as well, so sightseeing becomes far more pleasant as temperatures cool off as well. Starting in October the risk of wet weather increases a bit, although honestly Lisbon has perhaps the finest year-round climate in all of Europe, so there’s really no bad time to go.

Hotel prices are still near their peak during September in Lisbon, so this is a perfect time and place to consider a hostel, even a private room in a hostel. There’s an unusual hostel culture in this city that has somehow spawned several of the world’s highest rated backpacker places, so there’s no better place to give it a try yourself.

2014 Backpackers Index: US$59.32

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Athens, Greece

  • September avg high: 85F/29C
  • September avg low: 63F/17C
  • September avg precip: 0.6″/1.5cm

The peak of summer can be brutal in Athens, so a trip in September makes a lot of sense, even though the city will still be crowded and hotels are still charging their peak rates. The weather in September, especially the second half, is very pleasant day and night, and crowds have thinned out at least a bit after August.

Since Athens can be visited effectively in only a few days, many people choose to spend the balance of their trip out of one of the islands. The weather at the popular islands will be perfect in September as well, with crowds and hotel prices well off their peaks, so a combination trip like this is strongly advised, and ferries are easy to reach from the heart of Athens.

2014 Backpackers Index: US$62.33

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Madrid, Spain

  • September avg high: 79F/26C
  • September avg low: 59F/15C
  • September avg precip: 1.1″/2.8cm

With a location in the center of Spain, Madrid can get insanely hot during the peak of summer, so September is when tourists begin arriving en masse again. The weather this month is nearly perfect, with warm days, pleasant nights, and virtually no rainfall to worry about. By the end of the month things begin cooling off a bit, so the perfect season doesn’t last long in autumn.

Interestingly, Madrid is one of the few cities where hotel prices actually fall in July and August, and start rising again in September, so booking early is recommended if you want a good bargain at a well located place. Hostels here can be great value, though some can be a bit shabby so it’s best to research before booking.

2014 Backpackers Index: US$68.77

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

  • September avg high: 78F/26C
  • September avg low: 66F/19C
  • September avg precip: 3.1″/7.8cm

As temperatures ease of a bit in Dubrovnik, the chance of rain does rise, but this is still an excellent time to experience historic coastal Croatia. Package tourism in this area has picked up dramatically in recent years, driving prices up as well, so timing a trip for after the August rush helps your chances of finding a bargain while still getting the great weather.

Dubrovnik is not really a cheap city anymore so it’s best to compare it to other coastal resorts to realize that it still offers very good value. Staying outside of the city walls will be necessary for those on lower budgets, but it’s easy enough to get around that it’s not a hassle anyway.

2014 Backpackers Index: US$76.91

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Barcelona, Spain

  • September avg high: 78F/26C
  • September avg low: 62F/17C
  • September avg precip: 3.4″/8.5cm

Barcelona is a city that really fills up during the peak summer months, so a trip in September is a much better idea if you have the time off. It’s still plenty warm enough both day and night, although rainfall does become a bit of an issue so it’s not all good news. The beaches should still be crowded through most of the month as well, and the parties never seem to stop.

This city is relatively expensive compared to most on this list, so the backpacker crowd really has to plan ahead in order to keep within their budgets. Fortunately, the main sights are mostly free or cheap, so it’s mainly a matter of finding a well located hotel or hostel and booking early.

2014 Backpackers Index: US$67.67

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Africa

Most of the African cities that we cover are either too hot or still too cold at this time of year, with one exception. But we only cover a few countries so this list is very incomplete.

Fez, Morocco

  • September avg high: 84F/29C
  • September avg low: 63F/17C
  • September avg precip: 0.7″/1.8cm

While nearby Marrakech, remains quite hot through the whole month, Fez is usually quite nice in September. If you are coming from any great distance you’ll want to visit both anyway, or you could spend some time on one of Morocco’s newer beach resort areas instead.

Really, Fez and Marrakech are quite similar so it’s probably best to just spend more time in one and skip the other, and since Fez has nicer weather it should be an easy choice. September is still part of low season for hotels as well, so you’ll often find very good value at some of the normally pricey places in the New City area.

2014 Backpackers Index: US$39.71

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Asia

September is not an ideal time in most of Asia, with the peak of the rainy season in Southeast Asia and India, making visiting most of the cheaper cities not recommended. There are a few good ones that have nice weather in September though.

Pokhara, Nepal

  • September avg high: 79F/26C
  • September avg low: 66F/19C
  • September avg precip: 7.4″/18.5cm

While the first part of September can still be rainy and steamy in Pokhara, the last half of the month might be one of the best times of the year to come to this trekking paradise. There are generally only 4 good months in Pokhara, but the latter part of September is similar to October, so it’s a bit of a bonus with smaller crowds and lower prices.

There are so many hotels in this city that finding one even during peak season isn’t difficult, so if you come in the shoulder season like this you’ll have your pick of places at low prices. Food and drinks are quite cheap year round, so this is a nice place to just hang around if you’ve got time in your schedule.

2014 Backpackers Index: US$14.31

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Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

  • September avg high: 85F/29C
  • September avg low: 76F/24C
  • September avg precip: 1.6″/4.0cm

September is yet another fabulous month in Bali for the weather, with warm temperatures that never really get out of hand, though it certainly will feel humid when you first arrive. Many Australians fill Bali up during July and August, but those crowds ease off a bit this month, making it a bit easier to get around.

Hotels start dropping their rates around the middle of the month, so some great bargains are possible even though the climate is still ideal. Look for bargains at some of the fancier places in September and you might find that they are cheaper than some of the lower-rated places nearby.

2014 Backpackers Index: US$27.14

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Beijing, China

  • September avg high: 86F/30C
  • September avg low: 66F/19C
  • September avg precip: 3.0″/7.5cm

Strangely enough, Beijing gets very hot, very rainy, and very polluted during the heart of summer, so September is an ideal time to visit to keep away from all of those things. Days are warm, nights are pleasant, and there’s very little rainfall to deal with.

Beijing is very affordable, even though it’s among the more expensive large cities in this part of Asia. Hotels tend to be of higher standards than you get in Southeast Asia, and street food is available at extremely reasonable prices. Many arrive on package tours of China, and getting a visa on your own isn’t always easy, but independent travelers can find excellent value here.

2014 Backpackers Index: US$28.97

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Middle East

Much of the Middle East is still hot during September, but there are still a few good choices to consider.

Amman, Jordan

  • September avg high: 87F/31C
  • September avg low: 64F/18C
  • September avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

July and August can be blazing hot in Jordan, but by early September things have cooled down to a very reasonable level, especially at night. Better still, there’s pretty much zero chance of rainfall this time of year so you can safely leave the umbrella at home.

Even though Amman is generally only used as a staging area for further trips to Wadi Rum and Petra, it remains one of the better bargains in the Middle East for the budget traveler. Hotel prices are very reasonable, especially through the 3-star range, although September starts the beginning of high season so it’s best to book well ahead.

2014 Backpackers Index: US$35.39

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Beirut, Lebanon

  • September avg high: 83F/28C
  • September avg low: 72F/22C
  • September avg precip: 0.1″/0.3cm

Even though this is the final month of high season for Beirut hotels, this is still a fairly reasonable destination for budget travelers when compared to Europe or the Americas. The weather will be warm around the clock still in September, but at least the days are rarely sizzling.

Hotels in general seem to be surprisingly expensive in Beirut any time of the year, so finding a good one well in advance is probably the way to go, or risk having to pay a very high price for a sub-standard place at the last minute. At least food is available cheaply if you eat what the locals eat, and it’s very filling as well.

2014 Backpackers Index: US$34.69

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2 Responses to “19 Cheap destinations in 2014 with great weather in September”

Although, all these 19 destinations could be great to visit especially in September but Asia is one I like the most and want to visit. Pokhara, Nepal seems very interesting place, and might be memorable to visit.

 
Jonathon says:

I already have a Prague-Krakow-Budapest trip planned for September. I’m all for great weather, too.

 

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