4 Reasons to Travel in the Off-Season
Have you ever been traveling and quickly grown tired with overfilled hostels and hotels, restaurants that seem to be booked up for eternity and long queues for overpriced attractions?
If so, you’ve probably been doing most of your traveling during the high season, when everything’s at its busiest and most expensive.
Of course, there are many advantages to traveling during the high season (such as great weather, longer days and a larger selection of attractions on offer), but if you fancy going abroad when travel is at its quietest and when rates (for flights, accommodation, attractions, etc.) are at their lowest, you might want to consider traveling during the off-season.
Of course, the off-season will be at different times of the year depending on where you are in the world.
For example, the off-season in Hawaii typically stretches from the last week in September to the last week in February (not including Christmas and New Year’s), whereas the off-season in Sydney lasts from mid-May to mid-August.
Here are 4 great reasons to travel during the off-season:
1. Avoiding Crowds
Ever been to London in July? Taking the London Underground or walking down Oxford Street (London’s main shopping street) at this time can be a real test of your patience, as there are hoards of people in every direction, making the simple act of getting from one place to another feel like running the gauntlet.
Then there’s the attractions. If you visit Madame Tussauds (the wax museum) during the high season, you could easily have to wait 3-4 hours to get in. Likewise, the queue for the London Eye might only be 10 minutes in March, but 6 hours in July.
2. Cheaper Accommodation
During the off-season, when hotels and hostels are struggling to fills their rooms, they’ll lower their rates in a bid to attract more business. Since accommodation is usually the biggest expense when traveling, this can massively reduce the cost of your entire trip.
3. Cheaper Airfare
Another major cost of traveling is airfare. Fortunately, as with accommodation, airlines also lower their rates during the off-season, meaning you can save hundreds of dollars on the price of a ticket – just because of the time of year you’re flying.
4. Children on Summer Holidays
Don’t get me wrong – I’ve got nothing against children, but if I’m trying to relax by the pool the last thing I want is to be constantly splashed by kids doing cannonballs. Of course, some people love kids (so won’t mind mind traveling during the high season), but those who don’t mind want to consider traveling during the off-season.
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