What is it and when is it?

If you had been lucky enough to be part of the recent mass exodus to Europe, no doubt you would have noticed the big hole in your bank account upon your return. While any type of travel can be expensive, traveling during peak season takes the expense to a whole new level.

This is why you should consider traveling in low season. If you’re not familiar with the term, it’s basically the period between peak and off-peak seasons. In other words, the time of year between a destination’s high and low season. They are usually around spring and fall.

“The ‘shoulder season’ is an off-peak time when a destination has fewer crowds, lower prices, and milder weather,” writes Jen, an American solo travel consultant, in an Instagram postt. “It’s a great way to have a more authentic experience while spending less on the same fabulous hotel rooms.”

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She clarifies that shoulder season does not visit the Caribbean during hurricane season, for example. Instead, he visits certain destinations when they still enjoy pleasant vacation weather, but are visited by far fewer tourists.

In Jen’s post, she shares that some of the best destinations to visit in the shoulder season are Greece, Japan, Portugal, Chile, Argentina, New York, France, Iceland, Hawaii, Indonesia, Morocco, Colorado, Italy and Croatia.

The latchEditor Amanda Bardas says she and her family regularly visit extended family in Greece and always aim to time their visits with the weather that allows for what the country does best: alfresco dining and beach.

“Hands down, my favorite time to visit is September through October,” she says. “You don’t have to contend with crowds, you don’t have to pre-book a spot at organized beaches, and you can sit down and relax in a restaurant without feeling like you’re ushered to the table neighbor.”

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What can you expect in shoulder season airfare savings?

“The biggest price drops are in the most popular destinations,” Kelly Soderlund, communications manager for the travel booking site Hipmunk say it New York Times.

To give you an idea of ​​the savings on airfare, the publication reports that data from Hipmunk revealed that international flights from the United States were on average 18% cheaper than during the shoulder season compared to in the American summer. It also found that flights from the US to Nairobi, Venice and Shanghai were 37% cheaper in shoulder seasons and a similar price drop – 34% – was seen on flights from the US to Milan and Hong. Kong.

When it comes to accommodations in the shoulder season, expect significant price drops as well.

“Prices tend to increase during school holidays and local holidays,” said Ali Killam, consumer trends spokesperson at AirbnbTold NYT. “Since different destinations around the world observe different school holidays, take the time to learn about the academic and cultural calendar of the area before booking.”

So when is shoulder season? Although it varies depending on the exact destination, as some hold special events and festivals – think Oktoberfest in Munich – usually in the northern hemisphere, which includes Europe, the United States and the major part of Asia, the intermediate months are May, June, September and October. .

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In the southern hemisphere it is usually April, May, September and October. In saying that, however, tropical parts of the country – including cities like Cairns and Darwin – are best visited around June, July and August, as it’s not too hot and many Australians are in Europe or the US. during this period.

April, May, September and October are also considered shoulder months for Bali, although the rainy season officially starts in November, so you might get some rain in October.

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