Summertime is undeniably the most popular time to travel – and for justifiable reasons. The weather is perfect, the kids are out of school, and it’s an ideal time in which to visit attractions such as water and theme parks. However, there’s one big drawback to summer holidays: the crowds. Wherever you go, you’re sure to encounter the inevitable queues for all sorts of attractions, along with the frustrating reality that you just can’t get through them any faster. Suddenly, it seems that blazing sun isn’t quite so appealing after all.
One of the biggest advantages of travelling in the autumn or winter months is the fact that you’ll avoid the masses of people who hadn’t thought to do otherwise. You’ll see all of your chosen attractions at your own leisure without having to stand in slow-moving queues; and ultimately you’ll get more out of your holiday because you won’t have wasted all that time fighting the crowds!
Another big advantage of travelling during ‘off-peak’ months is that you’ll save money. Most people travel during the summer months and so hotels and airlines charge more during this time in order to maximise their profits. However, through countless special travel offers and deals, there is a significant cut in costs for those who choose to travel during the autumn or winter months.
Now, you might be thinking: “If I travel during the winter, I’ll miss out on the warm summer sun”. But, just because it might be cold where you live in the winter doesn’t mean it will be cold everywhere else. You might choose a destination far from home – a tropical locale in the southern hemisphere, perhaps where you might find that the climate is far more summer-like than that of any other location you may have visited. If you have kids in school, it may be a good idea to wait until their winter break before you travel – they’ll experience a holiday season like no other. Alternatively, you might consider taking a skiing holiday – it’s the perfect way to enjoy the winter atmosphere and setting.
Ultimately, holidays during the autumn, winter and early spring months can be just as enjoyable – if not more so – than those taken during the summer. So if you’re considering doing something different this year, there are a number of travel sites that offer remarkable deals geared towards off-peak travel and you’re sure to find a great travel offer.
So whether you’d like to take a short weekend break in a nearby city or an extended excursion in a far-off exotic destination, why not consider beating the rush by taking an early – or late – holiday.