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Pro’s and Con’s of Off -Season Travel

Off-season travel is often recommended to get the best possible deals. While this idea has many advantages, you must also weigh the disadvantages to ensure you will have the best vacation possible.

First, try to narrow down where you would like to go. You could visit a 4 or 5 star luxury resort in Colorado or Vermont during the summer. You won’t be going to ski, however you could enjoy your stay for a substantial savings off of the regular winter rate! Winter resorts still offer many activities such as hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. With the money you are saving, the possibilities for a relaxing and luxurious vacation are all yours.

Europe seeks to lure tourists in the winter months, offering fantastic package deals where you could take advantage of a more “cultural” vacation. While enjoying luxury and fantastic savings, you will also enjoy less crowded museums and restaurants, and more than likely be able to take in more local flair than a high-season traveler.

I recommend that you always do your homework regarding where you would like to go. Every country has a department of tourism website which offers valuable information such as weather conditions and if there will be enough attractions and activities open and available for you to visit. Weather should be another determining factor for seasonal travel, so make sure you consider this when deciding upon a destination.

Always keep in mind that hotels do not like having empty rooms no matter what the season is. Call a couple of hotels that you are interested in directly and ask to speak to the manager, avoiding calling the 800#. You will find that you will have more freedom to haggle for added amenities, upgrades, and most important, a great nightly rate! Make sure to ask if the hotel has any renovation plans in the works when you are planning on visiting. The last thing you want is to be surrounded by scaffolding and noise while you are trying to relax!

The bottom line for traveling off-season is to do your homework and plan accordingly. You may find you are able to travel to your dream destination for pennies on the dollar and have an amazing experience!

Jennifer Watton has been involved in the travel industry for over 21 years. As a personal “travel concierge,” Jennifer lends her expertise in creating perfectly tailored luxurious yet affordable vacation packages.

For more information on travel planning and luxurious destinations, visit her website located at
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