8 Reasons to Travel Off-Season

Every year thousands of people pay well over the odds, to go on holiday during the peak summer months. For some reason, we have it in our head’s that we have to go for two weeks holidays in the summer and during the two hottest possible weeks. This is something that I never do. I love travelling any time of the year, but I particularly love travelling in the off-season. There are an abundance of reasons for this and I can give eight of them!

  1. You’ll Save money

Travelling is expensive and can be considered by many as a luxury. But it doesn’t have to be. One of the easiest ways to save money on travel is to be flexible about your dates. Booking at the most popular time of year is a sure-fire way of spending unnecessary funds on your trip. Travelling off-season can cost a fraction of the price and you can save all of that money for souvenirs, cocktails or even a second trip!!!

  1. No Crowds

Some people feel more comfortable in the company of other tourists, but for me more tourists mean more people trying to get to the same tourist attractions as me. This means queues, queues and more queues. It also means fighting over sunbeds and ducking and diving around selfie sticks. Not exactly the relaxing vacation you were expecting….

  1. Meet the Locals

Travelling in the less popular months, means that the staff in hotels and restaurants are not as stretched and have time to actually chat to you. You can have genuine conversations with people and most of the time they are more than delighted to share with you some of their towns hidden secrets. Who knows what you may learn about your chosen city from a local?

  1. Cooler Weather

Often the busy months are uncomfortably hot.  This is not a good thing for sun worshipers. But for your regular Irish girl like me, who gets sunburn under a light bulb, the cooler weather suits best! Explore the city without sweat pouring from every crease. Always wear sunscreen, but maybe not factor 50 every 15 minutes! All of these things make up for a much more enjoyable and relaxing holiday. Do, however, do your research……. I’m not talking about going during Monsoon season either!

  1. Think of the Photography

If you are an avid photographer, or even an amateur snapper, you will find the off-peak times much more conducive to good photography. Just try take a photo of the leaning tower of Pisa, without everyone and their Mother “leaning” against it and you’ll know what I mean. If you are a more seasoned photographer, you can set up your tripod in peace and get the epic snaps you had come to collect. The rest of us just want a pic to make our friends jealous and that will look far better, without a strangers head in the corner.

  1. Help the local economy

By waiting until the quieter periods to travel, you can ensure that places relying mainly on tourism have a more even spread of income. Particularly if you are the type that likes to buy local, this will help the people so that their business is not concentrated on the busy months. You can buy a coffee in a local café and be helping the owners. Win-Win

  1. Choice of accommodation

It’s a simple case of supply and demand here. When there are fewer tourists, there is a much greater choice of accommodation and that means whatever your style is, be it luxury or basic, you are more likely to get a room in that place you were hoping to stay. Quieter Hotels mean a better night’s sleep and no queue for the breakfast buffet, setting you up for a great day of exploring.

  1. Enjoy the good times at home

We have all been there. We fork out for two weeks in the sun. We arrive to glorious weather and the next thing we know, we get a message telling  us there is a heat wave at home!!! *Insert curse-word here* There is nothing more annoying! So why not travel at time when you know the weather is bad? Stay at home for the good days and enjoy the beauty of your own country and keep your precious few holidays for when the sun don’t shine!

So there you have it. My 8 reasons for travelling in the Off-season. Enjoy some cheaper, more comfortable holidays and save yourself the stress and the sunburn.

Happy Travels xxx

18 comments

  1. We love going away off season, due to the many reasons above. Weather is sometimes a gamble but the money you save is well worth it! #feetdotravel

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  2. These are all the best reasons to travel off season! It’s criminal how much some places charge during high season so if you can take advantage of lower cost, having less crowds is then also a bonus! Great suggestions here Clair, thanks for sharing. #feetdotravel

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  3. We love to travel during off-season when we can for all these reasons! Unfortunately, we’ve had a hard time doing that lately because of our schedule. I think it’s easier for people to travel during peak season because school’s out or it’s a holiday … but that’s why it gets so crazy (tourists, prices, etc). I wish more people could travel during the off-season, though, there’s so much to experience!

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  4. We travel a lot off season, crowds are less and hotels cheaper. We like to visit the National Parks in the fall for these same reasons.

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  5. I like travelling in the off season as it makes a massive difference to amount of tourists and costs, as you say. I just came back from Prague which was a lot quieter than it is in the summer and the streets were covered in snow which made it a magical experience! Great tips here

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  6. If your travelling on a budget or long term, going off-season is the way to go. Avoid Xmas and school holidays like the plague and you will save heaps! Some very practical tips anyone can use.

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  7. Funny you should mention Pisa in the off season as I was there a week ago and it was definitely quieter than you’d normally get it. I’m a big fan of going places offseason and you’ve covered the points really well. Even with colder weather and rain, you often find places only have short bursts of rain so most of the day is usually fine. I was actually considering writing a similar post weighing the pros and cons, but you’ve basically covered all my positives.

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