Off Season Vacation Travel Tips for the Budget Family

Everyone should know about the enormous differences in costs when it comes to taking your vacation during peak season and off-season. The simple truth is that as demand rises, so does the price, and that leaves many parents facing huge payments just for the pleasure of getting away from it all for a week or so. The solution to this issue is, of course, to go away during low seasons that aren’t popular times of the year. And in today’s idea, we’re going to explore a few ideas that can help you pick your perfect destination. Here are some basic travel tips to improve your spending budget.


Travel Tips for the Family on a Budget


Be wary


During peak seasons, resorts and vacation destinations have lots going on – everyone is working full pelt to serve tourists and lay on activities. But when you go away to some destinations in the off-peak season, many of these activities and things to do will be shut down completely. The scarcity of tourists means there is no point in operators providing exciting things to do, so unless you are prepared to make your own fun, it’s best to think carefully where you are going. Some tourist destinations, however, have plenty going on all year round, so make sure you speak with your travel agent to decide on the best place to go.


Follow the weather


There are plenty of places around the world that enjoy excellent weather all year round. Costa Rica weather, for instance, is well known for being pretty steady and you can expect warmth and the sunshine throughout the year, other than during October and November when the rainy season is at its peak. It’s the same for most countries that are located on the equator, too, so these are probably your best bets if you want to enjoy sunny and warm climates during the off-peak season.


Do your research


Don’t forget that many hotels, resorts, and local government authorities decide to renovate, build, and improve areas during off-peak seasons. It makes complete sense to do it when all the tourists have gone, of course, but it also means that you need to research your destination thoroughly before making your booking. You don’t want to end up in a hotel with a window view of a building site, so phone well in advance and check local newspapers and media for information.


City breaks


If you aren’t concerned with sunning yourself on golden sands next to crystal clear waters, then the world is literally your oyster. City breaks are a great option at any time of year, and some are even recommended during the winter months. Take New York as the perfect example – people from all over the world flock to The Big Apple during winter, especially around the Christmas period. It’s the same for the top European cities, too, so consider taking a city break, and you will avoid many of the huge premiums on your peak season travel costs.


As you can see, whatever time of year you want to travel, there are bargains to snap up. But make sure you do your research if you want to avoid the vacation you have been looking forward to for so long turning into a dud. Looking for more travel tips? Check out our ‘travel tips‘ section here.

About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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