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Incredible travel destinations for late summer
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Incredible travel destinations for late summer

Ellena Morgan
By Ellena Morgan - 6 minute read

We get it – book­ing a trip abroad can be tricky in the cur­rent cli­mate. So whether you’re for­tu­nate enough to be able to trav­el abroad in the com­ing weeks (lucky you!) or you’re look­ing ahead to next year, we’ve got some top tips on the best places to vis­it at the end of sum­mer, plus some help­ful hints on how to secure a last-minute home swap.

Croatian seaside town

The Old Town of Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Late sum­mer is the per­fect time to vis­it Croa­t­ia. Tem­per­a­tures are still in the mid to high twen­ties, but the peak sea­son that brings crowds of tourists and hol­i­day­mak­ers will have qui­et­ed down, and trav­el costs will like­ly be much less. Our top pick would be the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik locat­ed off the Adri­at­ic coast. The old town is entire­ly pedes­tri­anised, mak­ing it the per­fect place to wan­der the wind­ing cob­bled side streets, enjoy a cold pint of Ožu­jsko and watch the world go by.

Best places for late Summer Galway

Gal­way, Ireland

Galway, Ireland

Arguably Ireland’s most scenic city, Gal­way is a plea­sure to vis­it any month of the year. How­ev­er, one huge draw to this mag­i­cal city is the world-renowned Oys­ter Fes­ti­val which runs on the last week of Sep­tem­ber every year. Stroll along its pic­turesque har­bour and tuck into the famous oys­ters them­selves, accom­pa­nied by a stout or a glass of Champagne.

Best places for late Summer Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

As it’s a shoul­der’ sea­son, Sep­tem­ber is a rel­a­tive­ly qui­et time to vis­it the cap­i­tal city of South Africa. Fur­ther­more, spring will be in the air, which makes it the per­fect time to vis­it for any nature lovers. Take the oppor­tu­ni­ty to go whale-watch­ing, while safaris are addi­tion­al­ly spe­cial as many ani­mals will be giv­ing birth or have young ones. We’d also rec­om­mend catch­ing the last of the wild­flower sea­son by enjoy­ing a road trip along The Gar­den Route’ coast­line, and make sure you take a quick detour to Can­go Caves.

Best places for late Summer Utah

Arch­es Nation­al Park, Utah

Utah, USA

Utah is known for its jaw-drop­ping land­scapes, so much so the state has an incred­i­ble five nation­al parks. How­ev­er, such land­scapes come with crowds, and in the sum­mer peak sea­son you can expe­ri­ence major con­ges­tion and queues to see these nat­ur­al won­ders. How­ev­er, explore Utah off-sea­son in Sep­tem­ber and you’ll enjoy extra-ter­res­tri­al views of rusty red canyons and pink skies. We’d rec­om­mend fit­ting in a hike dur­ing your stay, our top pick being hik­ing through the slot canyons along the Vir­gin Riv­er (here are some more great hik­ing trails in Zion Nation­al Park).

Best places for late Summer Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina

As the cool of win­ter starts to wear off, the colour­ful city comes alive again, and the streets are filled with colour­ful street art, fash­ion­able bou­tique stores and cosy cof­fee shops. With streets lined with trees and bike-friend­ly roads, this city is a plea­sure to explore slow­ly — which is even bet­ter giv­en Ste­pem­ber is rel­a­tive­ly qui­et time to vis­it this cap­tial. Whistl you’re here, make sure you enjoy what will almost cer­tain­ly be the best steak of your life, washed down with local tip­ple Fer­net and Coke — or per­haps a love­ly glass of Malbec!

Best places for late Summer Japan

Fujiyoshi­da, Japan


Although many tour guides rec­om­mend vis­it­ing this coun­try in spring to enjoy the famous cher­ry blos­soms, Japan remains an incred­i­ble nation to vis­it any month of the year, includ­ing late sum­mer and ear­ly autumn. Swap pas­tel pink blos­som trees for the deep red and brown leaves, beau­ti­ful­ly off­set against the late sum­mer skies. As the heat is less intense, it’s a par­tic­u­lar­ly great time to vis­it some of Japan’s cities. From Tokyo to Osa­ka, enjoy late night ramen under the neon lights, or if coun­try­side is more your thing, head to the hills to explore rur­al tem­ples with moun­tain-top views.

Best places for late Summer Lisbon

The Alfama, Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal

Often top­ping trav­el-lovers’ Euro­pean city break buck­et list, it’s not hard to see the appeal of Lis­bon. Wan­der the hilly cob­bled streets lined with can­dy-coloured ter­raced hous­es, and stop in one of the many cof­fee shops for a pasteis de nata (which is an incred­i­bly deli­cious Por­tuguese cus­tard tart). Hop on the icon­ic sun­shine yel­low trams out to Belém to soak up the sea views and rich his­to­ry of the area. And with tem­per­a­tures of 26 degrees in mid-Sep­tem­ber, it also makes a great spot for a bit of late-sum­mer sunshine.

How to find a last-minute home swap through Love Home Swap

Use the smart filters on our search page

It’s easy to find homes that are avail­able or open to offers by using our smart fil­ters. Sim­ply fil­ter by the month you’re look­ing to trav­el to dis­cov­er homes that are avail­able at short notice.

Try our members-only Facebook groups

Our mem­bers are always look­ing for new oppor­tu­ni­ties to home swap and are often flex­i­ble about where they’ll con­sid­er trav­el­ling to – some of the best adven­tures hap­pen that way! If you’re also open about where you’re look­ing to trav­el to, you can post in our Face­book groups let­ting oth­er mem­bers know that you’re look­ing for a break (don’t for­get to say how many peo­ple you’ll be trav­el­ling with) and any inter­est­ed mem­bers will get in touch.

Use our Points system

Points are Love Home Swap’s cur­ren­cy’. You can earn Points by host­ing (or bor­row­ing) and spend these on home swaps where your host doesn’t stay at yours. Points are a great way to trav­el last-minute through Love Home Swap, as there’s no need to match dates and destinations.

Need more help finding a last-minute break with Love Home Swap?

Our friend­ly Cus­tomer Ser­vice team are here to help. Whether you’re com­plete­ly new to home swap­ping or you’re look­ing for a par­tic­u­lar trip, our team are avail­able by phone, email and live-chat, and you can even book a call with them. So get in touch, because we’d love to hear from you!