Today is the 31st of August, the last day of summer. Of course, it depends if you consider the 1st or the 23rd of September as your first autumn day. September is the month when the nights get colder, the leaves become yellow, and the days become shorter.

# 7 – The mornings will start getting longer.

For a lot of people, this is their favourite part of autumn or even spring. The mornings get longer, meaning that you have more time to sleep, and it also means that you have time for other things. It’s nice to see the sun rising a little earlier.

#6 – There are a lot fewer tourists.

The big cities that are popular with international tourists become considerably less crowded in autumn. So you have more time to walk around the city, more time to try the traditional dishes from your country and you are not disturbed by people asking for photos.

#5 – You get more time to be alone.

Sometimes alone time is the best time for some people, especially when it comes with a good book or a cup of tea on the couch. It’s also easier to spend this type of time with your family, which can be very precious in autumn as well.

#4 – You are more likely to see leaves.

The trees that don’t fall during the winter lose their leaves in autumn. This means that even if you don’t like the colour of the leaves, you can miss them if they’re not around anymore. The other thing is that as the days get shorter and colder, it’s easier to walk through the city to go outside and observe the beautiful colours on trees.

#3 – The apple season starts earlier.

In Catalonia, apples are the fruit that has to be harvested at the latest, so we can enjoy them in winter. But in Holland, people already harvest apples in autumn. So if you are a big fan of apples, this is a sure sign of early wintertime (which makes sense).

#2 – Animals are in a hurry to get inside.

The animals are ready to go inside, but the majority of them don’t take this opportunity seriously. For example, although you can see the foxes and hedgehogs outside, in autumn, they hide their sleeping holes for the wintertime. The long and cold nights make it harder for them to search for a warm place to sleep.

#1 – Pumpkins!

Pumpkins, how can we forget about the pumpkins? In Holland, we also call them “Pompoenen”. We love autumn because the season of pumpkins starts early and goes on for so long. It’s great to snack on them during October and November when it’s cold outside.

So, this was our short list about autumn. What are your favourite things about this season?