Avoid the crowds, save money – sounds like travel bliss
Whether you’re looking to save a few pennies, beat the heat or avoid the infamous crowds of a European summer – travelling during the off-peak season certainly has its benefits!
Here’s why you should consider scheduling your travel plans a little earlier or later than normal:
See destinations at their best
Off-peak season travel means you won’t have to deal with swarms of tourists – and you’ll have the pleasure of soaking up the wonders of a new destination without interruption.
You’ll get a much more realistic insight into the daily life of locals and enjoy a more intimate exploration – for a more authentic experience.
Don’t be put off by the weather
Most people avoid off-season travel because of the weather, but don’t be afraid of a little unpredictability.
Visiting a popular summer destination in winter – or a winter one in summer – means you’ll see a side of that location that most travellers don’t.
Trade skiing for hiking in Switzerland, wake up to a crisp, foggy morning in Yellowstone National Park, or indulge your inner adrenaline junkie river-rafting in South East Asia during its rainy season.
Get the most bang for your buck
For most New Zealanders, flights are one of the most expensive parts of any trip. During the off-season, they can be considerably cheaper.
Off-season travel also often means you’re paying much lower accommodation rates. Some places will cut their nightly rates by 50% in some countries, just so they can fill their rooms.
You’ll find food options are cheaper too. Some restaurants in busy tourist areas increase their prices in peak months and shut in the low season. Those cafes and restaurants that stay open when the crowds die down are catering for locals, meaning not only will you pay less inflated prices, but you’ll get to experience the cuisine like a local.
Never miss out on an experience
Peak season travel usually means you must plan – or be willing to stand waiting in long lines!
During the off-season, you’ll have the freedom to change your schedule on a whim and never have to worry about a lack of availability or paying astronomical prices for last-minute bookings. Should you decide you want to spend the day on a bike tour of Kyoto spontaneously – you can!
Travelling a year-round activity
The advantages of travelling during the quieter times of year are endless. There’ll be fewer people, fewer lines and less money spent on flights, hotels and food. The only thing there won’t be less of is fun! With fewer things hol
ding you back, you’ll be able to see more – while getting the best bang for your buck.
For the best tour and travel experiences of a lifetime, travel with the Globus family of brands – where world-class and affordable tours run during on and off-peak season. Call 0800 267 672 to find out more about tour dates in 2020.