One of the biggest decisions we make when we decide to travel is when to actually venture out. Often times this is dictated by the time we are able to take off from work, kids schools schedules, and location. Something to consider, however, is traveling during off season. Off season is the time of year when tourist numbers are at their lowest.
There is a lot to consider when you travel, especially during off season. You’ve got to be sure that you’re actually traveling during off season. Most of us assume that summer is peak season for travel. But, consider the destination to be sure. The Alps are very popular during the winter because of the large number of tourists that ski. Also consider which hemisphere you will be traveling to. Because even though its 30 degrees Fahrenheit in New England it may be 95 in Australia.
If you are able to, research and consider traveling to some of your bucket list destinations during this time. Here are a few reasons why we suggest the consideration.
Most of us jump at any opportunity to save money, especially while traveling. Because off season travel indicates a lower number of tourists to a particular location, prices will usually be lower than they are during peak travel times. For instance, flights can be considerably cheaper during the off season. In fact, travel junkies tend to travel based on where they can go for the least expensive airline costs. There are many resources at your disposal to look into flexible fly dates as well as location. You might find a flight to a place you never considered!
You Get the Place to Yourself
Well…almost. Because of the low number of tourists, you will be able to enjoy smaller crowds and shorter lines at attractions. This enhances your travel in most cases, allowing you to better experience your location without the distraction of hundreds of people. Photographs won’t be photo bombed, restaurants won’t be crowded, and the streets may even be cleaner. This also allows you to experience the destination in a more realistic way. If you want to know what it’s like to be a local, travel to a location during off season and see where the locals gather. Often times these smaller quaint places are more interesting than the typical tourist attractions.
Because certain places are known to be popular during specific season, the attractions and accommodations that are most sought out there will most likely be fully booked during peak seasons. However, during the off season you may be able to stay at the most popular lodging location or secure a ticket for a popular exhibit. You also have more flexibility in your schedule. Instead of having to take the last train ticket available during peak season you will be able to dictate when, where and how you will spend your days.
No matter when or where you plan on traveling, be sure to consider travel protection any time you head out. Talk to your travel advisor today or visit our website to learn more about how travel protection can help you should the unexpected occur. Happy travels!