The Benefits of Traveling during the Off Season 

Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.
— Gustav Flaubert



When planning a vacation, if you’re like most you’ll typically find yourself Googling “when is the best time to travel to “insert destination here”.” However, the answer you’ll get might not be the best time to travel there. So, when is the best time to travel to any given destination? If you’ve never considered traveling during your chosen destination’s “off season” you should strongly consider this as the best time to travel. There are countless benefits of traveling out of peak season, including big savings for your bank account. We’ve listed some of the most convincing reasons why you should consider traveling during the off season on your next vacation.


You’ll save money.


One of the most enticing reasons to travel during the off season is savings. When booking your off season travels you’ll find substantial savings on anything and everything from plane tickets, to hotels and resorts. In addition to savings you’ll find that you have a lot more options to choose from for both airfare and lodging as less people will be traveling during this time so availability won’t be as scarce.


You’ll avoid the crowds.


When traveling during the off season you’ll avoid the usual tourist crowds. This can make sightseeing much more enjoyable as you won’t be forced to stand in lines or deal with waiting for the crowd to clear for a photo op. If you plan on doing a lot of sightseeing during your vacation off season travel might be the way to go.


The locals are friendlier.


It’s not a shock that dealing with an influx of tourists would have a less than pleasant effect on the locals. More people in the city adds traffic and crowds, making the day to day routines and commutes of the locals longer than they would be otherwise. When traveling during the off season you can expect the locals to be friendlier as their city isn’t being crowded out with vacationers. Locals are great for giving you the best tips on where the best eateries are and attractions you’ll want to see that might not be on the tourist maps.


But what about the weather?


Typically traveling during the off season is associated with less than ideal weather conditions. However, this isn’t always the case as the weather can be unpredictable at any time during the year. Even if you do end up getting caught in a storm, chances are slim that the storm will stick around for your entire trip. If you're concerned about the weather ruining your trip create a “Plan B” so that you’ll still be able to enjoy those bad weather days. Make use of some indoor sightseeing if possible or visit museums or other sights that will bring your indoors and out of the weather.


It’s easier to change your itinerary for the trip.


Another perk of off season travel is that it will be much easier to change your travel plans if you’ve changed your mind about what you want to do during your stay. Hotel vacancies are abundant and typically tourist activities won’t be completely booked in advance so changing plans can be made at the drop of a hat. This is a great perk for those who aren’t sure what they want to do and for when the weather doesn’t go as planned.