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Off-Season Vacations: Pros & Cons for Budget Travelers

rainy clouds over the lakeVacation during an off-season can net major savings — off-season or low-season travel may save you nearly 25 percent on accommodations, Forbes reports. If you’re full of wanderlust, yet restricted financially, keep reading to learn how an off-season trip can be your next big adventure that doesn’t have to break the bank.

When Is Off-Season?

This depends on where you’re traveling. Off-season for Europe is the wintertime because of colder temperatures. In the Caribbean, off-season corresponds with hurricane season and roughly runs from June to late November. For Thailand and other parts of southeast Asia, off-season correlates to the rainy season and runs from May to October, broadly speaking.

Low Season Travel: Pros

The main reason people travel in the off-season: Prices. High season prices may be double or triple the cost of low season prices, so a limited vacation budget will stretch further in the off-season. Smaller crowds can also be a selling point for travelers who want peace and quiet when abroad. Additional pros of traveling during the low season include:

  • Cheaper flights — Just as you’ll find hotel rooms cheaper in the off-season, great deals on flights abroad are also offered.
  • Ease of getting tickets to top tourist attractions — You won’t have to fight with crowds during off-season travel. You may have better luck obtaining tickets to high-interest attractions.
  • Greater accommodations selection — Not only will hotel rates be cheaper, but more premium hotels will have rooms for you when you go in off-season.
  • Mingle with locals — When the tourists have all gone home, you’ll be hanging out with locals and can experience the true culture of the places you visit.
  • Safer travel — Bankrate’s Heather Larson suggests that you’ll enjoy safer travel during low season. In tourist season, higher numbers of thieves congregate in tourist areas targeting travelers to steal wallets or perform ATM skimming theft, and they’ll walk away with your debit or credit card number.

Low Seasonal Travel: Cons

While the pros can sound mighty tempting, the following cons may make you just want to have a money-saving staycation:

  • Weather — Snow, sleet, rain, hail, hurricanes, and monsoons — all these weather hazards can contend with your off-season travels. Research typical weather patterns. While it’s unlikely to snow every day in Berlin in the winter, it might rain for an hour of every day in Bangkok.
  • Shorter daylight — In many locations, off-season traveling includes shorter daylight hours, and attractions may close earlier.
  • Fewer tours — During the peak tourist season, you’ll find no shortage of English-language tours in countries abroad. Many operators may close down seasonally because business is slow.
  • Closed for the season — Many major tourists attractions shut down during an off-season. If you have Monet’s garden at Giverny on your must-see list, you’ll need to delay your trip until it opens.

Whether you are ready to travel in the off season or even travel on what we call the “Shoulder-season” which is between the high and low season, give us a call at -1800-875-4569!

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JOY TOUR and TRAVEL has been in operation since 1985. We are fully bonded and insured. We are specialists in many areas of travel. Our staff has traveled extensively to bring you first-hand knowledge of the world. It is our goal to provide quality travel experiences that are of exceptional value to our clients. We are an active member and Co-Owner of Travel Alliance Partners (TAP). This is your assurance that this agency meets the highest standards of financial stability. We have to meet certain criteria to be a member of TAP. TAP is 29 of North America's premier tour operators. We are also a member of (which allows us to get special discounts); the Greater Cincinnati BBB, Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) and International Airlines Travel Agent Network (IATAN), which allows us to book international, as well as domestic airline itineraries

2 comments on “Off-Season Vacations: Pros & Cons for Budget Travelers

  1. Shailendra Kumar
    December 7, 2013

    Indeed it is necessary to plan trip for that a proper travel company has to be hired. Thanks for sharing this.

    • joytourandtravel
      December 9, 2013

      Hi Shailendra! All of us at Joy Tour & Travel love to help clients plan the trips of their dreams within the budget that they need! We plan tours and trips around town or around the world! Thanks for reading. 🙂

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