With the summer holidays approaching we thought it would be a good time to list our top 9 reasons why you should switch to travelling out-of-season
Have you ever been on a well deserved summer vacation and thought, my god this is ridiculously hot? Ever cursed the crowds while waiting to enter a museum? Ever said to your travel partner “hold our place in the line and Ill go and get some ice cream”? Well, if you’ve ever done something like this, or similar, then let us tell you why you should change tactic and start travelling once it all starts to get that little bit quieter.
It’s oh so quiet
Even the busiest cities in the world have a period of time where they are simply not as busy as they otherwise would be. Coming from London I can confirm this 100%. Travelling around London just after the turn of the year up to the beginning of summer is generally a really nice experience, after that all hell breaks loose. If you’re going to somewhere that isn’t exactly a tourist hotspot then make sure you are careful to check that things are still open when you want to go! (Although there must be something that the locals do!)
The weather is pretty good
Yes, I know that the first point mentioned London and now we are talking about weather. But, the weather in London is never good so what difference does it make if you travel in or out of season? Also, if you are like me and hate hot weather then out-of-season travel is the way to go in the first place.
If we take a look at the weather in Athens then we can see why travelling in season might be such a pain. In the summer the average temperature hovers around 30oC. In October and November it is closer to 20oC. Why is 30oC a problem? Well, because you are in the middle of a big and crowded city full of other toursits and presumably want to go into an attraction or two, you will not have fun with those temperatures, especially if it spikes.
Attractions are attractive
Whilst on the subject of tourist hot-spots then we may as well turn our focus to the real reason you are there – the attractions themselves. Less people = less queueing, it’s just that simple. Unless you are like us and end up in the middle of a farmers’ protest.
The transportation system is a lot easier and quieter
Ignoring anomalies such as the situation above generally the roads are really quite and that leads to a lot less stressful experience. The same applies for the tube / metro and all other forms of public transport, too. I’m sure you’ve been in the same situations that we have when you are desperately trying to find your hotel / the correct platform, or something of the sort, and there has just been a mass of traffic that is making the situation that much harder. Well, in the off-season this just doesn’t happen. Even the London Underground can be a pleasant and relaxing experience!
A better atmosphere
Out-of-season travel grabs people for a reason, and it tends to be this one right here. Meandering through city streets, being able to stop and hear the local language and smell the local delicacies – as opposed to being pushed passed by sweaty tourists with rather brash accents. Ok, so this doesn’t always happen when you go in-season, but going out-of-season guarantees that you will be able to really “feel” what it’s like to live in your chosen destination and what it’s really all about – as opposed to the tourists facade that is adopted in the summer.
Happy happy people
This goes hand-in-hand with what is written above. Out-of-season people tend to relax and just enjoy the journey a lot more. You don’t get drawn into a false competition with other people of how much you have seen etc.. The locals are also a lot happier too as they dont have to attend to a plethora of people in a foreign language. If you are going somewhere especially to learn a bit of the language then I would definitely advise going out-of-season – they are likely to have a lot more time for you and you get to really enjoy the experience and the culture.
See more for less
Although price is something that people tend to avoid when describing their experiences, preferring to say something along the lines of “that isn’t the point” – which is true by the way, it is still an important factor to take into consideration. The price difference is rather substantial in all aspects, flights, hotels, car hire, restaurants etc.. Companies aren’t guaranteed customers during this period and therefore really have to put in some extra effort to draw people in. Choose a destination and compare how much it would cost you both in and out of season and I think you would be surprised at how affordable your next trip really could be.
You can be indecisive
Although not usually considered to be a positive virtue, it is always nice to have a choice. Due to people being more relaxed and places just being less crowded it really doesn’t matter if you miss a certain bus or train during the off-season, there will be another one relatively soon. You don’t really fancy going to that attraction today? No worries, it definitely won’t be busy tomorrow either. No longer will you have to wake up and stick to a schedule to make sure that you see everything – it’s much less of a regimented routine and more of an actual relaxing holiday.
Pics or it didn’t happen
Most of the time the most visually attractive shots occur outside of summer. Couple this with the fact that you are going to be taking photos that other people just don’t have (because they travel during the summer period) and that you don’t have to photoshop people out of the photos in the first place and you’re onto a serious winner!
What do you think of out-of-season travel? Let us know what you think below!