Summer may be over but consider that a GOOD thing. Why? Well, for one, flights and hotels are significantly less expensive right about now, which means more splurging on the things that matter: food and fashion. Besides the luxury of exploring a new city without the crazy crowds, off-season travel makes it easier to experience a destination the local way.
Here are 5 bonus perks of off-season travel.
You’ll meet more locals
We’ll come back to this a little later but fewer crowds mean more time with the locals. Remember that off-season means different things to different people. For example, traveling to Rio in winter is our “off-season” but it’s their summertime. So, by visiting during someone else’s summer, you have more changes to meet fellow vacationers who are exploring their own country. Plus, people are generally relaxed while on vacation so you may find it easier to mingle with the locals.
Rates drop…and then drop again
It’s no secret that off-season travel will stretch your budget but before you book that chic hotel, wait on it. Sure, it’s a bit risky, but many hotels further drop their nightly rates as time goes on, going off the conclusion that it won’t be filled. The same goes for plane tickets, although I’m not a huge risk taker when it comes to flights. Even so, it’s not at all uncommon to have an empty seat next to you on a long-haul flight and that, my friends, is almost as good as an upgrade.
Sightseeing becomes an art
Sure, booking off-season travel will definitely save you money on flights and accommodation but it does so, SO much more. Ever visited the Eiffel Tower on a Saturday in summer? It’s not exactly the stuff that dreams are made of. Exploring a city during the fall and winter seasons is a completely different experience. Sure, some monuments and museums will be crowded no matter what but you might actually have a gallery or two to yourself, and that’s a pretty fantastic feeling.
Shopping is a sport
Hello, Christmas Markets! One of the best ways to get the best of the globe (besides ordering them on Grabr) is picking them up yourself. Europe’s Christmas Markets are in some pretty fabulous cities—Paris, Copenhagen and Moscow to name a few. If you’re not traveling in winter, you can still take advantage of weekend markets year-round. Not only will you snatch up artisan designs, many of which are handmade and feature local materials, you’ll earn extra cash.
Service goes up
This last one comes mostly from personal experience but if you think about it, it makes sense. During high-season, shops and restaurants are filled to the brim, leaving very little one-on-one service. Crowds are stressful but simply a reality during the summer months. During off season, however, the atmosphere is much calmer. Whether you’re ordering an espresso at your neighborhood cafe or taking a swig of a local brew, your server (and bar mates) will probably be a lot friendlier.
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