Ever since I was young I have always gone on vacation in the summer. But now that I have moved to the Pacific Northwest that ritual has changed. Here in Seattle everyone seems to flee in the winter, which has me taking a peek into off-season travels deals...
If you don't mind dealing with a little weather, then traveling on the off-season gets you better deals on airfare, hotels and activities with less crowds to block your view. Taking advantage of Group-On travel package deals and keeping an eye on sites like Airfare Watchdog to let you know of the best places and times to travel from your city is a great place to start. The other trick is to know where to travel when.
I currently have my watchdog set on Seattle to Anywhere to see what might pop up that I can't refuse. You can also check out the Off Season traveling website to keep up on the best offers. Here is a list of places that are great to travel to right now.
Hawaii. It's right after the holiday crowds make their way home leaving January and February peak free and ready for you.
California. San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Louis Obispo, and San Francisco are all great winter beach destinations. You just won't be able to jump in the Pacific Ocean without a wet suit, and you might need to bring a few layers with you throughout the day.
Sedona, Arizona. If you're looking for a relaxing spa getaway you may want to head to the desert. Sedona is filled with spas for all kinds of experiences. Their off-season is November through mid-February so you still have time!
New Orleans, Louisiana. Peak season is mid-February to April so heading over after the heat dies down from September through February is a good time to see this fabulous city with a winter coat in tow. You still have a good month to make this happen.
Europe. If you want less crowds, cheaper deals and don't mind traveling in the cold or rainy season then this is the time to go. The Eurorail is even offering 20% off till the end of February.
Yellowstone National Park. If you want to be in nature and bundle up by the fire in a cabin and take some jaw dropping hikes then check out the winter deals at the park. Only parts of the park are open during the winter, but it's still just as breathtaking.
London. This town stills buzzes with energy even in the low-season which ends in mid-March.
Florida. January to May is the time to head down to southeast U.S.A and get some vitamin D with less humidity. The weather is lovely, and the holiday and summer crowds have vanished leaving the beaches behind just for you.
South Africa. January through April is the time to head on over to this incredible part of the world.
Asia. If snow-covered mountains and cozy heated floors sound ideal to you then start packing your bags. Due to waning demand in the winter you can get fantastic rates in Japan and Korea right now.
Vegas. You are good to go till March here and then again in the height of summer when the sweltering heat leaves tourism low.
Do you have any great travel deals or tips to share?
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