Celebrate the cheaper rates and emptier beaches that September brings as children all around the world return to school. We don't think you need to find an excuse any better than that to book a holiday.
From the showcase capital of Pyongyang, peppered with huge socialist monuments and bizzare one-of-a-kind architecture, to the De-Militarised Zone of the south and mountains of the north, the DPRK enthrals with its inimitable sights and surprises. Visitors are generally considered to be privileged guests invited into a closed world. The few who make the journey will receive a rare insight into a society completely alien to our own. Devoid of mobile phones, global news and access to the internet, visiting gives you the unparalleled insight into a fascinating, unique society - escorted by official guides, of course.
Re-emerging as a destination for curious UK travellers, Iran is home to some of the best Islamic architecture in the world. Bright blue domed mosques, madrassahs and glittering shrines adorn every town and city while ancient monuments and city ruins liee dotted throughout the country. Along with a multitude of sights with which to immerse themselves, visitors are also treated to the friendliest of welcomes from the Iranians.
Europe's farthest-flung outpost is just a few hours' flight from the UK, but the Azores feel like worlds apart. the Azores archipelago is made up of a cluster of sub-tropical volcanic islands in the middle of the North Atlantic. Enjoying a balmy year-round climate that claims 23oC summer temperatures, the Azores are perfect for island-hopping fly-drives and walking tours that discover extinct craters cradling emerald lakes and fields of colourful hydrangea flowers.