I recently wrote a quick post with a few ideas for Winter Getaways. In the post I shared some possibilities for travel destinations during winter. Whether you’re looking for places to escape winter (directed at my fellow Canadians and East Coasters) or to visit it (if you live in a warm or mild climate), there are 3 key advantages for travelling during the off-season that will have you booking your vacation ASAP.
Okay, to be clear, my favourite times of year to travel are February/March and Late September/October. Whichever of these off-season/non-peak seasons you choose for your next vacation, here are 3 reasons why I’m recommending it:
Modes of transportation (trains, planes, ferries) are less packed, often allowing you to be upgraded to a different class or just end up having an entire row to yourself. The attractions and tourist destinations will also be less packed since most people tend to travel during the summer months.
Something to keep in mind—with few tourists, this could mean that attractions have shorter running hours and fewer amenities operational. Be sure to look into this so you can plan in advance for these possible changes.
Was it cold going from museum to museum in Berlin, Germany in February? Yes—but it was hella cheap to get there and stay there. I had an amazing time visiting winter for a week. Next time, I’ll go during late September, though.
More for less
I really prefer to stay in 4 or 5 star accommodation when I can. I have, in the past, redeemed Air Miles, used discount sites (which required tons of research to find the best sales/deals) and other strategies to be able to pay next to nothing for really awesome hotel rooms in some of the most expensive cities in the world. Getting good deals on great rooms is easier during off-peak season. Having breakfast included is another perk that may be available, which saves me time, money and an empty belly first thing in the morning.
Weather is more bearable
When I travel in the height of summer, I end up just wanting to stay inside and soak up the air conditioning. I’m not much of a beach person, so I don’t enjoy travelling when it’s really hot outside. Similarly, if I’m visiting a place that gets very cold in the wintertime, going during the off-season can be so much more enjoyable.
If being able to enjoy your vacation with fewer crowds around you, getting more for less money and being able to take advantage of more bearable weather all sound appealing to you, why not look into travelling off-season?
What’s your favourite time of year to travel? Any travel plans coming up?