Shoulder Season Travel

Shoulder season refers to those wedges between the high and low season , when the weather is good, the crowds have left or haven’t arrived yet and the potential for deals is high. Spring and autumn are both considered shoulder season and both having pretty much the same advantages. Shoulder season means the tourist demand is low and you get a lot more for your money.

If you want to experience good weather, travel closer to the high season. Since both spring and autumn are rainy, always have a back-up plan just in case you’ll have to make friends with the umbrella or have to stick to indoor activities. When traveling during shoulder season, make sure to pack layers.

Do you like to travel during the shoulder season? Which is your favorite destination for this time of the year?

While I’ve done my fair share of traveling during festivals and summer, I certainly prefer to pack my bags and head out during spring or fall. In March 2011 I managed to find excellent prices for accommodation in London, while this year, I was able to score €65 euro RT flights per person from Rome to Athens. Having also traveled in mid to late October, I can certainly say that from the photo opportunities I prefer autumn. Any destination which offers lovely fall foliage can be on my list for this time of the year. Otherwise, I choose the shoulder season to visit expensive locations (London, Rome, or Paris).

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Week 40 of the Indie Travel Challenge is all about shoulder season travel.

Do you like to travel during the shoulder season? Which is your favorite destination for this time of the year?

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Photo: Autumn in Greece



Comments on Shoulder Season Travel

Neetu Agarwal
09 October 2012

After the vacation crowds head home, you’ll find the smart traveler basking in good deals and wide open spaces.

Quick: What’s the best time of year to visit Thailand?If you’re looking for great bargains, slim crowds, and good weather, that time is June—after rains have cooled off the sweltering heat but before the tourist masses arrive in July (and prices go up). June in Thailand is the tiny, mystical window known as shoulder season.

Shoulder season is the Mama Bear of travel times: tucked between the high prices of peak season and the lousy weather of the low season, shoulder season is juuuuust right for many travelers. Schedule your vacation right before or immediately after high season and the only differences you’ll notice are lower costs, fewer crowds, and of course greater availability of hotel rooms and restaurant reservations.

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