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5 good reasons to travel during the off-season
Posted on 27/04/2019

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Everyone is dreaming of a holiday in the sun, but not everyone is looking to share their vacation with other holidaymakers.

Getting away from it all at the height of summer might seem like a good idea at the time, but sitting shoulder-to-shoulder on a crowded beach may not do the holiday of your dreams justice.

Traveling during the off-season is the best alternative to the crowds, and it also puts less of a strain on local economies. Here are 5 reasons why you should consider an off-season visit for your next holiday.

1. For some sights, there's never a bad time of year

1. For some sights, there's never a bad time of year
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The lights of Paris, Rome, Venice and other major cities around the world can never be dimmed by a little cloudy weather. In fact, a visit during peak season when the weather is hottest could make for an unbearable trip. Fall, early spring and even winter have their charms, and since there are fewer tourists, you're more likely to get a sense of the city from those who live there.

2. Give the local community a break

2. Give the local community a break
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High season and all the tourists it brings can put considerable strain on local economies. Sights such as Ha Long Bay in Vietnam and the Koh Phi Phi Islands in Thailand have infamously fallen victim to mass tourism and overcrowding. Unable to handle the influx of visitors in the high season, Maya Bay beach in Thailand was closed permanently. Even cities like Barcelona and Amsterdam are feeling the strain, and looking to curb tourism during the high season to combat rising costs of living for locals.

Visiting during the off-season means that local infrastructure is less overwhelmed and resources aren't stretched so thin. You also won't be contributing so directly to the boom-and-bust nature of the tourism industry, instead spending your hard-earned vacation money in a more sustainable way. If you want to take things even further, avoid all-inclusive holidays and packaged tours and opt instead for locally owned and operated apartment rentals or small B&Bs.

3. Get the most for your budget

3. Get the most for your budget
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Planning your trip during less crowded seasons not only makes more sense from the perspective of logistics, but also when it comes to your budget. Travel isn't cheap, and traveling during the high season even less so. But choosing a time of year outside the major tourist visiting times will yield, cheaper accommodation, meals, and even ticket prices.

4. Enjoy your holiday in peace

4. Enjoy your holiday in peace
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There are some tradeoffs when it comes to off-season travel, but they say that nothing is more valuable than peace of mind. If having the sights all to yourself is a priority, consider traveling outside of peak times. Most major cities won't be as difficult to navigate during the off-season, and you can still find a bit of sun during shoulder seasons like spring and fall if you're looking for a beach vacation.

5. See a different side of your destination

5. See a different side of your destination
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Peak season may bring nice weather, but it has a tendency to bring out the worst in many other ways. Scams are more likely, attractions are crowded and you're less likely to see your holiday destination's "authentic self." Visiting during the off season wihtout all the trappings for tourists might offer slightly fewer amenities, but with that comes more opportunities to see what life there is truly like.

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