While summer may be peak holiday season, we've long been of the opinion that it's the worst time of the year to book a getaway?
Why? Well, there are several reasons.
First off, the summer is full of fun festivals and events that will keep you entertained from May to August.
Secondly, it's the one time of year when you have a chance of getting some sun at home.
And finally, everyone is heading away so you're paying top prices for your annual trip unless you book it aaaages in advance.
Instead, September is a much wiser time to head off as it will offset those 'end of summer' blues and leave you feeling rested and refreshed ahead of the winter months.
Well, it's not too late to treat yourself to a few days in the sun and we've pulled together some cracking deals to help you on your way.
Santa Ponsa, Majorca - 7 Days - Saturday 2 September
If you have no plans next week (or a very kind boss who will let you leave at the last minute), then this bargain deal from Sunway is definitely worth a look. You'll get flights from Dublin Airport leaving this Saturday afternoon and returning next weekend and a one-bedroom apartment (sleeps 3) on a self-catering basis. It's also an adult-only building too so you'll have plenty of peace and quiet!
Sunny Beach, Bulgaria - 7 Days - Monday 18 September
The temperatures in Bulgaria in September range between 20C and 24C, which is pleasantly toasty, and you'll get a weeklong break from Falcon Holidays for just over €500. That includes return flights from Dublin Airport and a one-bedroom apartment (with balcony) on a self-catering basis. The decor inside is pretty basic but you'll be spending all of your time beside that amazing pool anyway!
St Julian's, Malta - 7 Days - Monday 25 September
Malta is still an underrated sun holiday destination for Irish travellers but it's definitely a hidden gem, with great weather, beautiful scenery and very friendly people. Budget Holidays came up trumps with a great package including return flights from Dublin Airport and a twin room at the lively area of St Julian's for just over €400. Sure you'd spend it on a few nights out!
Salou, Spain - 7 Days - Wednesday 27 September
This resort may have some mixed reviews but for that price, we would take our chances! Located in the popular Salou, you'll get return flights from Dublin Airport to Barcelona and a room-only studio included in the price from Travel Republic and will need to factor in an extra €50 each for shuttle transfers. If you're looking for some sun on a serious budget, this will be right up your street.
Nice, France - 3 Days - Wednesday 27 September
Fancy living the French Riviera lifestyle for a few days? Cassidy Travel has a great package that include return flights from Dublin Airport at the modern and comfortable Park Inn By Radisson Nice for less than €300 a head. The hotel is well located for both Promenade des Anglais (main image) and the airport and you'll only have to take a couple of days off work!