When is the best time to travel to a location?
Peak season? Off-season? Shoulder season?
What does shoulder season even mean?!
Today, Jason joins me as we discuss the benefits of traveling during different times of the year. We outline what usually makes a shoulder season or off-peak season and discuss the pros (and cons) of traveling during each.
We also list some of our favorite off-season destinations along with the reasons why they’re so awesome (saving money, avoiding crowds, etc.).
What are some of YOUR favorite off-season destinations?
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In This Episode:
- 4:46 What is off-peak season
- 8:11 Why you want to travel on the shoulder/offseason
- 13:10 Is it cheaper offseason?
- 24:33 The downsides (we have to be fair)
- 29:07 Our favorite off-peak locations.
and much more!
Links from today’s episode
- Why Shoulder Season is the Best Time to Travel – Zero to Travel Blog
- Google Flight Explorer
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During this podcast, you asked for other suggestions for great places to travel to during off or shoulder season. My recommendations is Costa Rica during shoulder season. According to travel books, the best time to visit is December – March with the official rainy season starting in May. Hotels, restaurants and more drop their prices literally in half during the rainy season. My husband and I took a risk and got married in Tamarindo, Costa Rica on May 3rd and we couldn’t have asked for a better experience! Cheaper everything – resort, wedding associated services, food around town for guests, etc! It rained one day we were there – not the wedding day which was gorgeous – and even then it was only a quick shower in the evening. We were there for 10 days with very little weather issues at all. Great time to visit!
@Kerry- I’ve been dying to go to Costa Rica (never been before) and that does sound like an amazing value. Soooo glad that you were able to have nice weather and that the risk paid off. Nothing better than getting half off because of “bad” weather and having that bad weather not show up!
And if I’m back Stateside in May, I just might have to take you up on Costa Rica, especially because Southwest flies there now and I have a Companion Pass!