An old city, dotted with ornate palaces and Byzantine churches, bustling with merchants and decorated with historic monuments. Restaurants serve up traditional Turkish cuisine, and the sea lies in the south.
International Istanbul Biennial art festival (odd years only), the Akbank Jazz Festival, the Istanbul Coffee Festival.
There are plenty of outdoor sports and activities in health-conscious LA. Sandwiched between mountains and the Pacific Ocean, this beachside city offers more than just celebrity spotting.
Temperature: min. 14°C, max. 27°C
Warm and dry.
Kids of all ages, cinema and film buffs, wellness seekers.
The Hollywood Hills and city parks offer amazing hotels, plus easy hiking that even young kids can undertake. Kayak down the LA River, pedal boat through Echo Park Lake, roadtrip down Highway 1, or become cowboys at the Sunset Ranch.
Tailgate Fest Labor Day country music festival, open-air movies at the Silver Lake Picture Show, the Emmy Awards, Surf City Surf Dog event, and more.
Don’t leave the island without experiencing the Jozani Forest in the national park, see if you can spot the Zanzibar Red Colobus monkey – not found anywhere else in the world! Lose yourself in the historic quarter of Zanzibar town and relax for hours on the stunning white sand beaches.
Visit a traditional Swahili village to help support local communities and see some culture. Enjoy water sports by kite surfing on the Indian Ocean or dive and snorkel around the pristine coral reefs.
September is a shoulder month for Switzerland, get the best of good weather but few tourists.
Switzerland’s expensive reputation may precede it, but there are less expensive options for families wanting to make the most of their stay there. Self-cater or stay in a family hostel to get the best value for your money.
The country’s small enough to tour around, but to make the most of your stay, you might want to focus on a single region. Visit some of the 12 UNESCO World Heritage sites including the Old City of Bern, the Jungfrau Aletsch Region and the medieval Castles of Bellinzona.
If you’re wanting to travel around, take a scenic journey over one of the highest rail journeys in Europe on the Bernina Express. Visit Zurich and it’s sensational zoo and make your way around their interactive museums that cater especially well for children.