7 Reasons Off-Season Travel is the Best

7 Reasons to travel in off season
After Labor Day it’s like a switch flips in Minnesota. Suddenly the weather is cooler, the trees start changing colors and people are back to their normal schedules. No more trips to the lake, except maybe on weekends to get in one last boat ride at the cabin. 3:30 on a Friday afternoon doesn’t become a gridlock of cars heading north… Now is the time to travel.

Sure, traveling during peak season can have it’s benefits; Crowds, expensive lodging, harsh, bright sunlight and more, but if you can swing it, off-season travel is 7 times better. Here are 7 reasons to prove it.

7 Reasons Off-Season Travel is the Best

1. Lower rates.

Most hotels will have a peak-season and an off-season. Go during the off season, but close enough to the peak-season that you can still enjoy nice weather. Because less people are traveling the airlines may have more flights to fill as well, so check last minute flights for deals.

2. The Weather.

Just because most people aren’t traveling doesn’t mean the weather is bad. It may not be 90 degrees, but who wants to do anything when it’s that hot anyway. A nice 70 degree day is perfect weather. If it gets in the 60s you can even throw on a jacket! There’s only so much that you can take off when it’s hot out…

3. No People.

beach heaven as a reason to travel in shoulder season
Meeting other like-minded travelers is always fun, but seeing a famous scene with no one around is even better. Or imagine having the entire beach to yourself.

Visit Antigua and Barbados in September to experience having expansive, sand beaches all to yourself.

4. No Waits.

Since there are few to no crowds during the off-season you can get into those highly desirable restaurants much easier.

For example, visit Santorini Island in Greece in September for fabulous food, great views and no need for a reservation.

5. Views.

Alaska after a snowfall
Just because everyone always visits a place in the summer doesn’t mean that that’s the best time to enjoy it’s beauty. Imagine the mountains and trees after a fresh snowfall, or a tree-lined drive in the midst of fall colors.

Alaska in February is amazing- the iditarod and fur rondy are both huge attractions, and yet there are still so few people because of the snow.

6. Personalized Attention.

Because they aren’t so busy, usually hotels, tour guides and others in the travel industry can dedicate more attention to you or your group. Nothing is better than paying for a tour, only to find out that you’re the only ones on the tour- you usually learn more and have a much better time!

7. Sun + Photography.

If you travel in part for the great photography then you’ll have more luck during off peak season. The sun is usually in the sky for less hours in the day, meaning less harsh light and it’s easier to get up early for sunrise and stay up “late” for golden hour sunsets. While you risk more overcast days this can be a huge benefit if you’re photographing people or cities. Expansive, wide open landscapes is where you will miss having that bright blue sky, so pay attention to the weather and plan your photograph tours accordingly.

7 Tips why it's best to travel in the off season. Why trips at the end of summer or fall and into winter should be on your bucket list!

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10 Thoughts on “7 Reasons Off-Season Travel is the Best

  1. JacquelineNo Gravatar on September 9, 2014 at 6:13 pm said:

    I totally agree. My husband and I have traveled during the off season through Europe and Southeast Asia. Except for one spectacular mishap in London (when the airports closed and the chunnel froze due to weather), we have felt the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks. Everything is cheaper and far less crowded! It’s our preferred way of travel!

    • Greta AlmsNo Gravatar on September 10, 2014 at 10:28 am said:

      Oh my gosh Jacqueline- that sounds like quite an adventure in London!! I can’t even imagine. There in lies the downsides to off-season travel, but what a great story to come back and tell! It’s like my fiancee was in Ireland the last time the volcanos erupted and got stranded there for an extra week… And I’m pretty sure the story gets better every time I hear it :-)

  2. Samantha AngellNo Gravatar on September 10, 2014 at 2:00 am said:

    So many great reasons! Along with the personalized attention, I think often people working in the industry are just nicer in general when they are less busy and dealing with less craziness. Of course, most of my travels are usually during the off-season– because that is literally my husband’s off-season from hockey!

    • Greta AlmsNo Gravatar on September 10, 2014 at 8:36 pm said:

      You’re so right about people being nicer, Samantha! It probably helps that no one is stressed out (like you said- dealing with less). Thanks for much for your comment
      Greta

  3. Alyson from Starting over at the Dirty 30No Gravatar on September 10, 2014 at 12:41 pm said:

    Great tips! My only problem when traveling during the off season is that off season usually mean cold haha I do not like the cold but there is something so beautiful in a snowy scene:) Thanks for sharing!

    Cheers,
    Alyson

    • Greta AlmsNo Gravatar on September 10, 2014 at 8:33 pm said:

      Thanks Alyson-
      I agree that it’s hard to travel in the dead of winter (but second the thought on the photos!) Fall is probably my favorite off season to travel- there are so many days that are still warm in the fall, it’s just a bit more hit or miss than usual :c)
      Greta

  4. Great post! I’m such an advocate for travelling during off season! I’m not gonna lie, when there are too many people it really ruins travelling for me – so even though I hate travelling in winter (so cold!), it truly is the best and I sacrifice my freezing toes for empty sites, etc. :) And it’s such a good point about the light!! I don’t love the look of dead trees in my photos haha but the light does make photography nicer!

    • Greta AlmsNo Gravatar on September 10, 2014 at 8:29 pm said:

      Lol, I hear you on having leaf-less trees in photos! I am more of a cold weather person so personally can’t travel when it’s ridiculously hot anyways- it makes me want to sit in front of a fan all day rather than roam. Thanks Camila.
      Greta

  5. Amy @ Amy and the Great WorldNo Gravatar on September 14, 2014 at 3:43 am said:

    I love traveling in the off-season! Summer travel can actually suck because it’s so hot everywhere. Plus, so many people! It’s stressful!!

    • Greta AlmsNo Gravatar on September 14, 2014 at 2:56 pm said:

      I am 100% with you, Amy, on not wanting to travel when it’s hot- blech! I’m definitely more of a cold weather lover (and less people is just icing on the cake :c))

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