There are many reasons why people tend to travel places at the same time each year. Beaches are more pleasant in the summer. The mountains are perfect for skiing in the winter. As a result, most destinations have what is referred to as a “peak season", usually in the summer or winter.
Many dismiss the idea of traveling in the spring and fall because of the weather or because it doesn’t work with their schedule. Think again, though! Here are five benefits of off-season travel!
If you’ve ever tried to find a hotel around Christmas or an affordable condo rental at the beach during July, you’ve probably seen how companies tend to take advantage of travelers during popular times of year. These prices are so much lower in the off-season, though, when demand is at its lowest!
There’s nothing worse than spending half of your vacation waiting in lines, when there are so many other exciting things you could be doing! Smaller crowds also means more flexibility in your travels. If you discover something you want to do spur of the moment, you probably won’t have trouble getting a reservation.
Extreme heat can often put a damper on your trip. No one enjoys spending their day sweating and squinting into the sun. Take advantage of the more comfortable weather that the spring and fall seasons have to offer instead.
By traveling at times of year that are not as popular, you are much more likely to experience things that not many other tourists have witnessed. Yellowstone, for example, is beautiful in the summertime, but it’s an even more unique experience in the winter when covered in snow!
With everyone trying to get the perfect snapshot of the same landscape, it can be difficult to get a picture that is not crowded with tourists. Traveling at times when the crowds are smaller means better pictures for you to post on your Instagram or Facebook feed!