Timing is everything when it comes to traveling, but have you ever considered going off-season? This is the period that comes in after peak travel times, the lull after usual vacation time and big holidays such as Christmas and New Year. It is also when some destinations are suffering from a less than ideal weather, such as rainy season or heavy winter, with some establishments or attractions even choosing to shut down for repair or restoration.
While off-season may seem like more of an inconvenience than a perk, there are some benefits should you choose to travel during this time. This period can also be surprisingly the best time to go! Below, some tips on how to make the most of the off-season.
Because there are lesser travelers during this period, accommodations usually resort to slashing off their prices to attract travelers to book with them. Even high-end hotels will be a bit more affordable, giving you the opportunity to finally snag that luxurious room you’ve been eyeing on. Now is the time to splurge a little and turn your trip into something special or memorable.
Flight tickets will also be cheaper, and if you’re lucky, you might even be upgraded to business class for free as there are empty seats potentially waiting to be filled. Take advantage of these good rates and special deals while they last!
Less tourists mean less crowds to deal with, which, in turn, also means less queue in attractions, restaurants, train or bus stations and even at the airport. While there is no guarantee that everything will be going smooth, at the very least you have a better chance of efficiently handling and budgeting your time minus the usual travel inconvenience of huge crowds.
Your photos will also look better, with little to no other tourists getting in the way and photobombing your view. Snap the picture for your Instagram and then bask in the perfect moment of having an attraction all to yourself! Some destinations actually look more magical or even romantic when drenched snow or rain.
Some activities are better suited for specific weather. Heading out to your chosen destination in winter season? Maybe it’s time you give winter activities a try, like ice skating for beginners or something more challenging like snowboarding.
Rainy season, on the other hand, might leave you craving to stay indoors. Look for half day classes or workshops that will teach you a new skill or hobby, like how to cook a local three-course meal or something artistic like creating your own jewelry. You can also visit different types of museums, from historical to natural to art.
During peak season, enterprising locals are either too busy trying to make money off you or they’re too stressed or harassed with the influx of tourists in their hometown. In off-peak season, locals will have more time on their hands, so they will be more likely to be laid back and willing to talk about their stories and travel tips. If you have the luxury of time, try to connect with them and learn more about your destination straight from the locals themselves instead of resorting to the usual travel guides and blogs.
If you choose to take on a sightseeing tour, there’s a good chance that it will be more accessible during off-season, with more slots available and with less travel time and waiting time involved. Guides will be more attentive to you as well and you can have more opportunities to interact and learn more from them, as you don’t have to share them with more tourists and they don’t need to keep an eye out on a big group.
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