7 Off-Season Travel Tips to give you more Bang for Your Buck
Most people want to take their vacation or visit places when the weather is best. That’s only natural. So true to form, that’s what they do. But Off-season travel just might be a better choice. Obviously, you want to really enjoy yourself. However, the thought of large crowds, often crowded venues are not something most people would look forward to.
Also, the possibility of waiting in long lines at certain attractions can turn you off. The offseason travel tips below can help you enjoy your vacation more plus enjoy savings on the cost.
There can be a lot of other minor and sometimes major inconveniences you may have to put up with. That’s all because most people have the same desires to go places when the weather suites them best. That’s usually not cold weather, especially if you live where the weather is cold most of the time. Cold weather is usually enough to turn most people off. That is unless they are looking for cold weather attractions. Many of these annoyances can be avoided by going offseason. That way you can visit the places you really want to see.
There are some Drawbacks with Off-Season Travel
One of the drawbacks, however with off-season travel, is that some hotels and other attractions may be closed. For example, some wilderness attractions may be closed. While other attractions in cold climates where snow, hills, and mountains for winter activities may not be for you. These aren’t places you want to go to if you are not a skier or snowboarder.
It’s wise to check with the local consulate or areas online site first. Then you can ascertain what’s open and what’s not. Checking the local weather as well is a good idea. Depending upon the time of year you travel and your destination, packing light layers of clothing to heavy sweaters is recommended.
Checking the airlines is another great idea. Although many airlines offer discounted rates throughout the year, you can still find deals at other times. Especially during off-peak seasons, they offer special deals which may include hotel accommodations as well.
Go for Off-Season Travel for Better Rates and Fewer Crowds
Most people are making their travel arrangements to their favorite destinations. While others are waiting for an off-peak season in order to save money. They can really enjoy the city or country they are going to visit without loads of tourists doing the same thing.
It is not uncommon to be in a city when there are crowds and tour buses everywhere you go.
When traveling off-peak it not only allows for a more relaxing and fun-filled vacation. But the shops, restaurants, and the main tourist areas can be thoroughly enjoyed at discount prices as well.
Best Times to Visit the Caribbean and Save Money Too
Visit the Caribbean, another popular destination. The best package deals are from April through June. Also, September through November makes the Caribbean a great place to visit. There are lots of travel destinations in the Caribbean.
These include places such as the British Virgin Islands, St. Lucia, US Virgin Islands, Turks & Caicos, and St. Vincent & The Grenadines. The U.S. Virgin Islands is a favorite destination in the Caribbean.
Each of the three major islands has a unique character all its own. St. Croix’s Danish influence is perfect for visitors who prefer a laid-back experience. Two-thirds of St. John, the smallest island, is a national park. Its comfortable pace is perfect for enjoying the island’s world-renowned beaches such as Trunk Bay, Cinnamon Bay, and Salt Pond Bay. Its a nature lover’s favorite.
The other island in the U.S. Virgin Islands in St. Thomas. It boasts one of the most beautiful harbors in the world. As the most visited port in the Caribbean, downtown Charlotte Amalie offers elegant dining, exciting nightlife, duty-free shopping, and even submarine rides.
Of course, there are plenty more places to visit in the Caribbean. But these five travel destinations are the most popular.
Go North to Alaska… in the Cold Wintertime
The normal time to visit Alaska is in the summer months, but that’s when everyone else will be thinking the same thing. Conversely, while it will be quite cold, February is a great month to visit Alaska and save on air and hotel packages to this great state.
The state of Alaska, northwest of Canada, is the largest and most sparsely populated in the U.S. It has very diverse terrain.
There are open spaces, forests, and mountains. It teems with abundant wildlife. There are many small towns in the state.
It’s a great destination for outdoor activities. Things like skiing, kayaking, and mountain biking are popular. Massive Denali National Park is home to Denali (formerly called Mount McKinley). It’s North America’s highest peak. Here are a few popular things to see or do in this most northern state in the U.S.
Watch a Tidewater Glacier Crash into the Ocean. Take a flightseeing over an Alaska Mountain range. Watch a glacial river go by or see the Northern Lights is during the cold, clear winter nights. You can explore the tundra on a hike, by getting off the bus in Denali, or just pulling off the highway.
Months to visit Hawaii to get Off-Season Rates
Hawaii is an extremely popular and a favorite vacation destination for many people. Each island has its own distinct personality, adventures, activities, and sights. It is best to travel to Hawaii during May and June as well as September through mid-December.
The U.S. State of Hawaii is an isolated volcanic archipelago in the Central Pacific. Hawaii’s islands are renowned for their rugged landscapes. There are cliffs, tropical foliage, waterfalls, and beaches.
Depending on the beaches the sand may be red, gold, black and even green sand. There are six main islands. Oahu has Hawaii’s biggest city and is the capital. Honolulu is home to Waikiki Beach and Pearl Harbor’s WWII memorials. If you aren’t sure which island is right for you, then explore the islands by the type of experience you’d like to have. You could opt for heart-pounding adventures, total relaxation or something in-between. Aside from the beach, there are amazing museums and natural attractions. Many of the activities will bring you closer to Hawaii’s fascinating culture.
The family(Ohana) is very important in Hawaiian culture. That tradition makes Hawaii a welcoming destination for families and kids of all ages. Enjoy snorkeling and sandcastle building on sun-soaked beaches. Explore volcanoes and sacred cultural sites. The Hawaiian Islands are a natural playground you will never outgrow.
Travel to Europe Destinations
For travel to Europe, the fall months are the best. April in Paris isn’t just a well-known song for the seasoned traveler. He or she knows that January in Paris will encompass the best package deal one can find.
Europe can be a joy to explore. There are world-class cities, medieval towns, snow-capped Alps and gorgeous beaches. You can taste some of the world’s most delicious foods during your travels there. All of these delights and more are perfect ingredients for your next vacation.
For example, in Europe, you can explore three of Scandinavia’s great cities of Copenhagen Denmark, Stockholm Sweden, and Oslo Norway. Copenhagen is a traveler’s delight. Visit its picturesque harbor called Nyhavn. Traveling as a family? Then your kids will love Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest amusement parks in the world.
Stockholm is a gorgeous city. You can stroll through Gamla Stan. Take time to visit City Hall (where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded every year). Enjoy your day on a day cruise through the archipelago.
Let’s not forget the other nearby country. You can easily hop over to Oslo, Norway. There you can refresh your vague memories from school and learn something about the Vikings. Then be sure it takes Norway in a Nutshell cruise. There you can get a sneak peek at the fjords.
These few cities and countries are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to travel to Europe. Here’s more, Florence, Rome, and Venice are three of Italy’s most popular cities. Those are places many travelers feel like they must see when visiting Italy.
Then there’s Amsterdam, Brussels, and Paris. On this particular itinerary, those three cities are connected with short train rides. Travel time is short which means you have plenty of time to explore these three cities.
Finally, for this brief snapshot of part of Europe, you could be a Coastal Explorer. Go visit Barcelona and see how the wealthy live in the French Riviera. With the right itinerary, tour one of Europe’s great cities, Barcelona, Spain. Then explore the gorgeous and glitzy French Riviera. Drink fine wines and dine on gourmet cuisine. Relax on the beach, and get a taste of the good life while there.
Off-Season in Australia is Spring for the Best Travel Deals
If your travel tastes are a bit more exotic, you can find great deals in Australia when traveling during the spring. Australia is a continent and country surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans. Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, and Adelaide, its major cities are all coastal cities. Canberra, its capital, is inland.
You’ve probably heard of the Great Barrier Reef. It’s there off of Australia’s coast. The country has a vast interior desert wilderness called the Outback. It has unique animal species like kangaroos and duck-billed platypuses.
You’ve no doubt heard of some of these main cities in Australia. In fact, these are the top ten cities in Australia. There probably a few you may not have heard much about. But if you visit Australia you probably learn a bit about most of them even you don’t have time to visit all of them.
- Adelaide, South Australia.
- Brisbane, Queensland
- Darwin, Northern Territory
- Gold Coast, Queensland
- Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
- Hobart, Tasmania
- Cairns, Queensland.
- Perth, Western Australia
- Sydney, New South Wales
- Melbourne, Victoria
You can probably get the essence of Australia in maybe two ways. Maybe discover it by spending time in its thriving, cosmopolitan cities. Another way might be by undertaking a grand journey along its awe-inspiring coast. Maybe a third way could be by relaxing on an idyllic tropical island just taking it easy and absorbing the sun and beautiful surroundings.
You can find a little bit of the Outback in every state of Australia. While the regions are remote, they can be easily accessed from most major cities and towns. You can take challenging 4WD adventures into the outback if you like excitement.
There you’ll see sprawling cattle stations. Some with more than a million hectares (861 square miles). There are rugged mountain ranges and spectacular gorges. The Australian outback has the world’s longest stretch of straight railroad. The Outback surely symbolizes the essence of Australia.
Vacation Off-Season in Fiji the heart of the South Pacific
The best times to visit Fiji is in December through February. You could visit Thailand in the off-season which is a new hot spot – from March through September. Offseason time to visit Mexico, another favorite destination, is in April and October.
Located in the heart of the South Pacific in Fiji. The island is blessed with 333 tropical islands. It is said Fiji is home to some of the happiest people on Earth. Fiji has white sand beaches and pristine crystal-clear ocean waters.
The islands offer an ideal vacation destination for divers, honeymooners, and families. Adventure-seekers, like surfers and divers, appreciate the archipelago’s decent waves and coral reefs. But don’t fear if you are simply one of those people looking to relax this is a perfect place for that too.
Want to get away from it all? Then Fiji is a place for you. Fiji is easily accessible through convenient, non-stop flights from Los Angeles, San Francisco or Honolulu aboard Fiji Airways. You might be able to stretch the off-season to between November and April. It can save you a lot on airfare and accommodations. Visiting Fiji is not a low budget affair so off-season might be a must for most travelers.
Off-Season Travel to Thailand a Favorite Southeast Asia Destination
Thailand is one of Southeast Asia’s most touristic countries. Most visitors coming into the region fly into Bangkok. Thailand is the most visited country in the region. It’s a big tourist destination for adventure travelers. They make it their base if they are adventurers.
They do the backpacking circuit as they backpack around Southeast Asia.
For many, Thailand is the beginning of many Asia backpacking and travel adventures. It is a great destination for rock climbing and trekking. Visit Chiang Rai. a small, delightful city worth getting to know. The city has a relaxed atmosphere, fair priced accommodations, and great local food. It’s also the logical base to plan excursions to more remote corners of the province or even abroad. Nearly every guesthouse and hotel in Chiang Rai offers hiking excursions in the hill-tribe country.
At the tip of the Krabi peninsula are some of Thailand’s most famous natural features. See the soaring limestone karsts of Railay, rising from the ocean. The beaches are sugar-white and the forested interior is traversed by foot traffic, not cars. There you will experience no traffic jams, no transportation hassles.
Visitors arrive and leave by long-tail boats. Go to lounge, swim, dive or rock-climb. Beginners can learn basic skills. Some will stay so long they become good climbers. They might become good enough to climb by themselves on a pinnacle then fall harmlessly into the deep blue sea.
Mexico with its Culture, Diversity, and Adventure Awaits You
Mexico is a country between the U.S. and Central America. The country is known for its Pacific and Gulf of Mexico beaches. Mexico has a diverse landscape consisting of mountains, jungles, and deserts.
There are ancient ruins such as the Mayan city of Chichén Itzá and Teotihuacán which are scattered throughout the country. So too are Spanish colonial-era towns. However, in its capital, Mexico City, there are upscale shops and gourmet restaurants that cater to today’s way of life. You will also find renowned museums in the city.
There is lots of cultures is visible in Mexico. You could fall in love with its museums, venues, and theaters. Attend the best cultural and important festivals in the country, such as the Festival del Internacional del Cervantino. Like adventures? Visit Zozocolco Waterfalls in Zozocolco de Hidalgo, Veracruz. There you can take a dip in one of the may refreshing streams, waterfalls, and spas in the city.
It’s some of the town’s famous attractions, where you can escape from your daily routine. Also, you can walk along the green trails that connect the waterfalls of the region.
For adrenaline junkies and people willing to try almost everything, visit Sierra Tarahumara at the Barrancas del Cobre Adventure Park. There are seven zip lines and two hanging bridges spanning nearly three miles. It’s one of the longest hanging bridges in the world. You should prepare yourself mentally for the zip line jump.
The longest zip line in the circuit is 3,652 feet long and the highest point rests at 1,575 feet.
Hold tight to the two hanging bridges when you stop to admire the imposing view below of the Rarámuri community of Bacajípare at the bottom of the gorge. Be amazed at the over mile-high cliffs of the Batopilas canyon looking reddish from the bright sun. See the river from that height looking like a fine wiggling string as it winds its way down the canyon.
Depending on your stay, try to make time to visit the Franciscan missions. Stroll through the surreal gardens there. Or you can lose yourself among the huge sand dunes or the skirt of active volcanoes. Visit and fall in love with the historical and cultural wealth of the Magical Towns in Mexico. Mexico’s ideal location has blessed it from north to south with more than 450 beautiful beaches. Discover its beauty and enjoy the sunset in the Pacific Ocean.
More Luxury in Off-Season Travel for Less Cost
Along with saving money when you travel, knowing some of these off-season travel tips can often offer you more luxury for a much cheaper cost. That is usually a much cheaper cost than their normal high cost. Fewer crowds is another big bonus with off-season travel.
Take a look at these short videos to get a better idea of what you can expect when implementing some of these off-season travel tips. The last video shows places in the United States that are suitable for winter vacations. Although some places offer winter activities, others, where it is warmer, don’t necessarily have higher prices and big crowds. They are definitely worth considering and can often save you money compared to the peak season.
Off-Season Travel Destinations Offer Luxury For Less | TODAY
Published on Youtube on Sep 18, 2018
Sure, “off-peak” travel is cheaper — but doesn’t it take you places where the weather is bad and there’s nothing to do? Not necessarily. TODAY senior investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen and the Rossen Reports team reveal three destinations where you can get great deals right now.
Top 10 Best Cities to Visit in the USA during Winter
by Jason Brown
Published on Youtube on May 13, 2017
Any experienced tourist can tell the difference of visiting places during the off-season compared to the other seasons. Well, winter disables the accessibility of the national parks, attractions, beaches, and hiking trails. However, it would be better to search for places suitable for winter vacations. There are things that people cannot do during the summer but they can achieve it in the winter. The season could also be a nice time to plan a holiday trip to the states. Check the list of the top 10 best cities to visit in the USA during winter.
Get Ahead of the Crowd with Off-Season Travel
So depending on when you can take off for vacation and/or what your preference are these off-season travel tips can be of great help. For example, you live in a normally hot climate you might consider traveling to a cooler or cold place to see how other people live. That’s great if you want to experience new things and adventures.
Conversely, if you live in a typically cold place, say Alaska it would certainly feel good going to some tropical travel destination. That could give you a good feeling unlike being at home in the cold winter. It might start you thinking let’s consider moving to a warmer climate.
Consider these off-season travel tips if you want to save money. Also, you can easily avoid crowds, especially if you opt for winter travel during the summer months. Whatever the case we hope one or more of these short tips can come in handy for you.