Lower airfare, shorter lines, less crowds and the freedom to travel at leisure; travelling in off-season is a trend that's really picking up and the
advantages are plenty! So what are the factors that you should keep in mind when making your plans?
For starters, if you're paying cash for your airfare, compare multiple ticket sources. Also check those fares against the airlines. Book with a rewards credit card, especially if you have a card for the airline you're booking with to get extra miles and a free checked bag. And of course, check travel deals including hotels, airfare and vacation packages.
Weather is often a reason why a certain time of the year is considered a destination's off season. Be prepared for what the climate is and any weather changes that could occur. Check the weather report before packing.During off-season, some restaurants and attractions may be closed or have limited hours so understand what's available.
In many places, warmer weather may equal higher prices. But also consider that summer in many cities often means free festivals, concerts, and other free entertainment. Weigh the costs to decide what's best for you. Now that we've gotten that out of the way, here are some great destinations and the best (off) season for a visit!
With summer and holiday travel over between January and February, U.S. cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City can offer better rates. Summer and holiday breaks are busy times for Orlando, but during these months you'll find deals for the theme parks along with discounted hotels. January is also a slow time for Mexico travel.March is the time to visit Brazil since you'll miss the crowds from Carnival (in February), and escape the summer crowds. Boston is a great place to visit in April. It's still a little chilly, but still warm enough for you.
In May ports calm down from cruises, and Alaska has reduced rates on hotels and plane tickets as well. Miami is great in June, as snow birds and spring breakers are gone. Enjoy less crowded beaches. Las Vegas doesn't have too much of an "off-season," but with desert temperatures that could be in the triple digits plus a tendency for rain, July tends to be a little slower, especially during the week. July, along with early August, is also a good time to visit Phoenix and cities in Texas if you can handle the heat.
Colorado's mountain destinations like Aspen, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Vail, and Winter Park are much cheaper during the snow-free months. My favorite time to visit Beaver Creek is during August with scenic hiking, golf, spas, restaurants, festivals and events, and 35 percent off lodging.September is a good month to go to Orlando because most kids are back in school. September is also hurricane season so rates are usually cheaper for the Caribbean, even though you should make sure to keep an eye on the forecast before you make the trip.
Greece and other Mediterranean destinations have pleasant weather in October and hotel rooms are much cheaper than in summer.You'll also find cheaper rates in San Diego and Hawaii.
Canada, Cayman Islands, Lake Tahoe, Vail in Colorado, ABC islands are also hot destinations to visit.
Europe is significantly cheaper from November through March. You'll find much cheaper flights to China during this time as well as discounted admission to events. Canyonlands National Park can also be visited.