2023 is shaping up to be a pretty good year for travel. Though the pandemic isn’t over yet, many of the restrictions we’ve seen in the last few years have been relaxed. And despite inflation, people are eager to get back to taking trips and escaping to new vistas. Summer is the busiest travel season, which means higher hotel rates and airfare during the warmer months. One savvy way to avoid the pitfalls of summertime travel is to take your trips during the off-season, which is between November and February, excluding the holidays. So, to cut to the chase, here are a few reasons why the off-season is the one of the best times of year to travel.
Booking flights and hotels is usually the most expensive part of traveling, so you’ll be glad to know that you can save significantly on these costs when traveling during the off-season. Enjoy extra savings on flights by traveling on non-peak days, which are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. You can save up to 20% by doing so. Also check for snowbird specials on accommodations and similar promotions during the off season. Take advantage of discounted rates on flights, hotels and rental cars and use the savings to enjoy a longer trip.
One major benefit of off-season travel is avoiding the crowds. June, July and August are the busiest months for travel, as families book trips to domestic and exotic locales during the summer break. You can enjoy these same destinations during the cooler months without hordes of tourists crowding out every site you visit.
More Authentic Experiences
When your destination isn’t teeming with tourists, you can enjoy more authentic experiences because it’s pretty much just you and the locals. They can tip you off to the best places to eat as well as the best things to see and do that are off the beaten path. You’ll get the inside scoop from locals, making for a more unique and memorable experience.