For many years our pattern was to take a fall vacation. More recently, we do take a summer vacation so that we can travel with our teenage grandchildren while they are out of school for the summer. However, if you aren’t locked into the school year, do consider taking a fall vacation. There are many reasons why, and I am highlighting four of them below.
The weather is ideal. This is true in just about any location. In the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America the weather cools down nicely, making for a lot more comfortable vacation. At the same time, it’s still nice enough to enjoy the beach. Europe is very pleasant in the fall, and some of the smaller boutique hotels without air conditioning do become an option. Generally, you can get by with a light-weight jacket, as the weather has not yet turned cold enough to require a heavy coat.
Fewer travelers make for a less-stressful trip. Since most people do travel in the summer, this means lines at places of high interest are much shorter or non-existent. Fewer families with children are traveling because school is in session, so it is a lot easier to get on rides at Disneyworld! It also makes for somewhat quieter flights and less crowded beaches and pools!
Better prices and availability. In the summer when everyone is traveling, prices aren’t lowered because the airlines and the hotels know that they will fill to capacity. However, once school starts, the picture changes significantly. There are exceptions, of course, most notably Octoberfest in Germany. However as a general rule more seats are available on the airlines, and more rooms may go unsold at hotels, so pricing is more competitive.
I am often asked when is the best time to take a cruise. My standard answer is anytime school is in session. The weather is just as nice for cruising (with the exception of Alaska) to most destinations, and the pricing is much better.
The scenery is very colorful. I love looking at the fall colors, and I know my clients enjoy their fall-foliage tours in Canada and the northeast USA. I grew up in rural Ohio, so I really enjoy a destination where leaves are brilliant colors or where leaves are gently falling in the breeze.
My goal with this article is to get you thinking about traveling in the off-season. It’s not too early to make fall plans. There are lots of benefits, and we are happy to help you by doing all the work, so all you have to do is “go”.