Do you have any ideas for great off-season destinations? My friend and I like to travel when prices are lower and there are fewer tourists.
There are pros and cons to off-season travel. On the one hand, you can save you money and afford you the opportunity to enjoy a more relaxing vacation without the crowds. Alaska, for instance, might not be an obvious wintertime choice. But it’s an awesome time to visit, boasting once-in-a-lifetime dog sled adventures, top-tier skiing, natural hot springs and the best time to view the Northern Lights. Conversely, high-season usually equates to a destination’s prime weather and natural beauty. Try leaf-peeping in New England off-season, for example, or good luck enjoying that Caribbean hot-spot during a hurricane. That said, good times, and considerable savings, can be had nearly anywhere off season.
“Everyone goes to Jamaica in the spring, but December is also a lovely time to explore this island,” advises adventure travel guru Peter Grubb of ROW Adventures. “In the first few weeks of December before Christmas, prices are considered ‘off season’ and the weather is lovely. In addition to the traditional beach resorts, some outfitters are now offering more adventurous trips that take you to the real Jamaica.” One to check out is ROW’s Jamaica MultiSport that includes hiking the Blue Mountains, mountain biking, bird watching, rafting and of course, some lazy time at the beach.
“Also, says Grubb, “river rafting in the western USA is at its peak from June through August. But going in September you’ll find few others on the rivers while weather is typically still fantastic. Trip sizes tend to be much smaller as well, so instead of 16-24 other passengers, you’re more likely to be on a trip with just 4-10. The water is cooler so swimming is less inviting, but daytime temperatures are typically still in the high 70’s and 80’s, and nights are comfortable.”