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Travelzoo's top 10 destinations for September

We travelled across the globe last month, from Ecuador to Amsterdam. Here's the lowdown from our Deal Experts:

Michelle Brister, Copy Editor

What I loved: Volcanoes, the Amazon, blue-footed boobies and humpback whales… the list is endless

Top tip: Few Ecuadorians speak English, so swot up on some key Spanish phrases before you go

Don't go without: A torch. It gets very dark in rural areas

Off the beaten track: For a real adventure, hire a camioneta (4-wheel-drive taxi) for the day from Cayambe (two hours’ drive from Quito) and take the hair-raising drive into the cloud forest mountains for a dip in the thermal baths in Oyacachi

Claire Stapleton, Assistant Producer

What I loved: The prettiness of Boston and the buzz and pace of New York

Top tip: Read up on the city you’re visiting and make an itinerary before you go

Don't go without: A pair of comfortable shoes -- you’ll be on your feet all day long

Off the beaten track: I loved New York's High Line, a public park built on a historic freight rail line above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side

Michael To, IT Administrator

What I loved: The liberal attitude towards anything and everything 

Top tip: Hire a bike. Everything is within cycling distance, even the airport!

Don't go without: A decent weatherproof jacket. The weather can be temperamental and windy in rural areas

Off the beaten track: Cycle from Amsterdam to Amstelveen. We rode through plenty of countryside and ate cheese from a local farm

Amy Lindsay, Producer

What I loved: Plenty of sunshine, characterful cobbled streets, rosé wine and great food

Top tip: If you can’t find a bargain hotel room, have a hunt for apartments for hire in the Old Town as the locals often rent out their beachside pads

Don't go without: Running shoes. If you fancy working off some of the cheese and wine, you can join the many joggers along the seafront for an early morning run

Off the beaten track: Hop on the train to Villefranche or Beaulieu. The scenery on the coastal route is stunning and a quaint village with great grub awaits!

Dionysis Morfis, Sales Manager

What I loved: Great weather and beautiful beaches

Top tip: Visit the northern part of the island for some great mountain views and stunning rocky beaches

Don't go without: A driving licence. Driving is the best way to explore the island

Off the beaten track: Visit Navagio (shipwreck beach) and Marathonisi (Turtle) Island

William Bushell, Sales Manager

What I loved:
The food, from off-the-scale Michelin-starred il Buco to the world’s best pizza

Top tip: Public transport is surprisingly good -- efficient and cheap, and you avoid the hellish roads

Don't go without: Your Ray-Bans

Off the beaten track: Try Herculaneum instead of Pompeii. It’s smaller, better preserved and cheaper

Stuart Barrett, Head of Travel Sales, North

What I loved: Amazing golf courses and wild nights around the harbour

Top tip: Go shark fishing, it’s great

Don't go without: Golf clubs -- it’s the best place in the Med for a round at a reasonable price

Off the beaten track: Head down the coast to a little resort called Carvoeiro

Laura Summers, Assistant Producer

What I loved: The epic fancy dress -- five people in a life raft dressed as a tiger, a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra and a man (from Life of Pi) was my personal favourite

Top tip: Bestival is the foodie festival. Forget grotty burgers and soggy kebabs -- it’s street food heaven, so take some extra pennies for some grub

Don't go without: A camping chair. Seriously, after a few days of sitting on the floor you’ll thank me 

Rory Batho, Copy Editor

What I loved: The beaches and the fresh seafood

Top tip: Take the glass-bottom boat tour around Mahon Harbour -- you get a great mix of history and fish-spotting from the underwater observation area

Don't go without: Your mask and snorkel

Off the beaten track: Have a cocktail while watching the sun go down at Cova d’en Xoroi, a bar and nightclub built into the side of the cliffs in Cala en Porter

Cornelius Bohane, Business Development Manager

What I loved: The lovely seaside village atmosphere

Top tip: Grab lunch at The Glandore Inn, overlooking the harbour

Off the beaten track: We chanced upon nearby Doonbeg, where there is a 2000-year-old stone circle. It’s a smaller, more atmospheric version of Stonehenge -- I was expecting Tony Robinson and the Time Team to jump out at any moment!

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Monday, 30 September 2013
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