Many people can’t wait for their annual spring break trip, summer vacation, or holiday travels. With kids off from school, these times usually work the best for families or people who work where certain times of the year are off limits. That also means that these are the busiest travel times of the year, or what we in the travel industry call peak season.
Peak season can be the only option for some travelers, but those with more flexibility in their schedule should consider traveling during non-peak times to take advantage of these benefits!
#1 Lower Costs & Better Value
While everyone’s idea of a value is different, most travelers have a budget in mind for their vacation. I strive to respect my client’s budgets to plan your ideal trip and maximize vacation value. This can be tricky during some peak season times of the year when flights are at a premium.
One of the benefits of traveling during non-peak travel times is that travel costs are usually lower. This means your budget can get you more! Perhaps you can add an extra night to your stay, upgrade your room or cabin, fly 1st class or include some extra activities that you may not have considered before.
#2 Less Crowds & More Space
Non-peak travel also means that there are less people around, which can make a huge difference when you are waiting in line for a world-renowned museum or a table at a restaurant. Along with shorter wait times, less people at a monument or destination can mean that you also get a better view of the sites you’ve traveled to see.
The less time you wait also means you have 2 options for your vacation approach: doing more or taking it slow. Shorter wait times mean that if you are trying to fit as much into your day as possible – you can see and do more. Alternatively, if you are looking for relaxation on vacation you’d be less rushed at a site to move along or get out of the way, giving you the option to stay and enjoy the moment or the scenery a little longer. Also, the photos you take – you’ll be able to focus on the person or the location which is the subject rather than crowds of people.
#3 Less Stress
When there’s more time, fewer people, & less financial concern, the result is less stress. For most people, taking a vacation is a chance to leave behind any demands of your daily life at home and escape to relax. The stress of busy airports & crowded destinations can make it hard to find that escape when you travel during peak times.
But you can breathe a little easier & put your feet up with greater ease when you decide to travel during non-peak times. Not only are the most guests happier traveling this way, but I’m happy to have booked a vacation that I know you will truly enjoy.
When are Non-Peak Travel Times?
Peak & non-peak travel times can vary from destination to destination & also from year to year as holidays fall on different days. This can also be affected by things like school vacation calendars, 3 day holiday weekends, and more.
Travel from mid-January through February is slower, but 3-day weekends can be more popular for travel than other times during these months. Early May can also provide some excellent options for early summer travel without some of the peak travel prices and crowds.
The vast majority of destinations are very busy from mid-May through mid-September, but things slow down once again for October and early November before holiday travel leads to busier destinations.
Are you ready to make the most of your vacation days? Contact Sandy to get started by emailing Sandy@EasyBreezyJourneys.com!