While many of us love our summer vacations, we can also agree there is a downside to our on season travels. Prices skyrocket and many places are crowded with other travelers seeking annual fun-in-the-sun. If you’re on a budget or seeking a more quiet and relaxed vacation, we highly recommend off season travel. which is usually January-February, April-May, and September-November. Contrary to what you may believe, there are many benefits to off season travel that will result in a tranquil and rewarding vacation.

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3 Benefits to Off Season Travel

Cheaper Prices

This is undoubtedly one of the biggest reasons many people skip out on mid-summer vacations in exchange for early spring and fall getaways. A huge percentage of airline and accommodation costs are cut during the off season. Hotels and other travel companies are eager to draw in your business with sales and special offers, so take advantage of them!

Less Crowds

While surrounding yourself with people is a good thing, it’s nice to have a quiet, remote escape every once in awhile. The off season is usually the time when kids are going back to school and most people become busy at work. Now is your chance! Enjoy your own slice of paradise, the peace and quiet, and elbow-room you would usually be fighting for during the on season. There will also be more availability for accommodations and flights, so you usually won’t have to worry about them being completely booked.

More Interaction With the Locals

When you’re traveling to a new place, meeting the locals and learning the perspective of someone who lives there can be an eye-opening experience. With less tourists to act as a distraction, you have a higher chance of not just meeting a local, but actually having the opportunity to interact with them. They may be able to give you great tips on places to visit that most people don’t know about or better insight into their way of life.

2 Disadvantages to Off Season Travel

Every rose has its thorns, and off season travel is no exception. While it may have great advantages, there are certain factors to consider if an off season vacation is right for you.


This is not necessarily so for some destinations. However, do your research before booking to find the typical weather for that time of year. Most places will experience cold and rainy weather, which could put a damper on your vacation plans. Plan accordingly for the expected weather and you should still be able to enjoy a fun-filled trip.

Closed Businesses

Especially in colder areas, some businesses will shut down during the off-season, giving you less options for places to experience. Once again, do your research on where you know you would like to go and things you would like to do. If something that was an absolute must for you will not be operating during your off season travel dates, you may want to plan for another activity or wait until it will be open.

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