By Béatrice Bernard-Poulin, Espresso
Have you ever thought about taking an off-season trip? If you’re someone who can take a vacation at any time of the year, and not just in the busy periods like school vacations, you could be reaping some serious benefits.
Here are 10 great reasons to travel in the off season.
One of the obvious advantages of off-season travel is the cost. Prices are often over-inflated during the busier periods, but once these are over resorts offer great deals to attract tourists.
Tourist attractions aren’t so busy
If you don’t like crowds, you’ll love the fact that there are far fewer of them once the busy tourist season is over. Enjoy the whole beach to yourself (although the water might be too cold for you to swim in!) or stroll around museums without spending hours in line.
Flights are cheaper
Transport costs often account for a large part of the cost of the whole vacation. If you travel off season, you might benefit from lower air fares, significantly reducing the total vacation bill.
To fill rooms once the crowds of holidaymakers have left, many hotels run off-season promotional deals. Whether it’s just an overnight getaway deal or an offer for several nights’ vacation, there are many savings to be made on accommodation.
You’ll have more choice
While some attractions or hotel rooms need to be booked months in advance in high season, you can be more spontaneous when you’re traveling in the off season. As there is often last-minute availability, there’s no need to plan everything so far in advance!
There are often surprises in store for tourists who dare to travel in the off season. You might discover unique events that most visitors never get the chance to experience.
Locals have more time to chat
If you’re after a more “authentic” experience, where you can really get to know your destination, you’ll love travelling off season. As tourist resorts are less crowded, the locals will have more time to chat, and they might even help you to make exciting discoveries!
Amazing photo opportunities
On social media, solo pictures in front of usually-crowded attractions go down a storm. Anyone who has travelled in peak tourist season knows just how hard these are to come by! If you dream of being photographed all alone in an iconic location, travelling off season could be the solution!
You can explore off the beaten track
As some attractions close their doors during the low season, you may have to consider other potential activities, which sometimes leads to surprising discoveries!
Put the money saved towards a unique experience
As we’ve established, travelling in the off season often allows you to save money. Why not use some of those savings to splash out on a night in a luxury hotel, or a dinner in a famous restaurant? Make the most of your vacation!