Do you know the three seasons for travel?
Here is a question I get from clients a lot, “When is the best time to travel?” My answer is always, “That depends on what you want to do on vacation and where you are planning to go”. Most destinations have 3 distinct travel seasons. These seasons are called high season, shoulder season and low season. Generally speaking, during high season you will find larger crowds, higher prices and usually the “best” weather for said destination. Low season usually means lousy weather (could be during rainy season), virtually no crowds and the cheapest
prices. Note, some resorts, theme parks, etc. use low season time to do refurbishments and renovations. Then you have shoulder season. It is sort of a sweet spot in that it meets in the middle of the two extremes; high and low. During shoulder season the prices are lower than high season but more than low season. The weather is hit or miss depending on whether you are traveling at the beginning of shoulder or at the end of shoulder. If you want to take advantage of shoulder season, I recommend picking a date that is closer to the end of high season as you will likely still have good weather while saving on price. Some destinations have “peak” times during these seasons, i.e. spring break, holidays, graduations, etc. so be aware of things like this when planning a date.
When on vacation, my husband and I do not like crowds, we prefer milder temperatures and we are budget travelers. With that said, we purposely travel during low and shoulder season. The exception to this is if we are planning a scuba diving trip. We want to ensure the best diving therefore we are willing to pay more if we need to. Now you can see why my answer always has the word ‘depends’ in it, because all travelers and vacations are different.
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I hope this article has helped you understand how to navigate a destination’s travel seasons. Stay tuned for more travel tips, tricks and deals with Explore Travel Planners LLC.
Angie Conger Hinds
I have a true passion for travel and I want to share my travel knowledge with you. I hope this blog gives you inspiration to EXPLORE the world!
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