When it comes to planning a vacation, most travelers tend to opt for the peak seasons. Sometimes it’s necessary due to work or school schedules or because that is when the destination is open (like the Greek islands). However, have you ever considered the advantages of traveling during the lesser-known “shoulder seasons”? Shoulder seasons, typically in the transitional periods of fall and spring, offer a unique travel experience with fewer crowds, more affordable prices, and a chance to explore destinations in their natural splendor. Join us as we delve into the good (and maybe not-so-good) aspects of shoulder season travel and uncover why it could be the perfect choice for your next adventure.

Embrace the Serenity

One of the most enticing aspects of shoulder season travel is its tranquility. Many popular tourist destinations are captivating all year round, but during the shoulder seasons, they unveil a different side. Imagine strolling through the picturesque streets of Rome or Paris or enjoying the beaches in Mykonos without jostling through crowds of tourists. Embrace the serenity and discover an intimate connection with these world-renowned destinations.

Even the beaches of Mykonos can be less crowded in fall and spring.

Weather and Natural Splendor

The transitional periods of fall and spring bring about awe-inspiring transformations in many destinations worldwide. Witness nature’s colorful palette as leaves change hues, or experience the wonder of snow falling on a European Christmas Market. (As a reminder, Deb is hosting an AmaWaterways Christmas Market cruise in December 2024!) You’ll be able to capture breathtaking photos without the usual throngs of onlookers. Enjoy the remarkable beauty of natural spectacles or historical city centers in a more serene setting.

Lower Costs, Bigger Savings

Another appealing factor of shoulder season travel is the potential for savings. As demand decreases during these off-peak periods, many travel-related expenses, such as accommodation and flights, tend to become more affordable. Take advantage of better rates allowing you to stretch your travel budget further. With the extra savings, you can indulge in more unique experiences and even extend your stay.

Possibility of Limited Availability and Closures

While shoulder season travel offers many advantages, it’s important to know the potential downsides. Some attractions, tours, and accommodations may operate on limited schedules, and certain activities might not be available during these periods. We can help you research and plan your itinerary to avoid disappointments.

A very crowded St. Marks Square in Venice (above) and during Debi’s visit in November (right). The weather was cool and sometimes damp, but we could walk right into St Marks Basilica and Doge’s Palace without waiting a minute!

Traveling during shoulder season allows you to explore the world with a sense of calm and immerse yourself in the local culture. From fewer crowds to vibrant natural landscapes, shoulder season travel offers a refreshing perspective on popular tourist destinations. So, why not embrace the off-seasons and create memorable experiences on an unforgettable journey?  Call us today to get started!

2023 Holidays Update

We are getting calls every week about traveling over the winter holidays.  Travel over the holidays remains very desirable this year, and we had a few clients book their 2023 holidays in 2021 to ensure they got the resorts they wanted!  If you are still considering traveling over the holidays, don’t wait any longer. Here are some of the unique opportunities we have available for this winter:

In England: Ice skating at Hampton Court, living like a Duke or Duchess in a private home, and shopping for everyone on your list at Harrod’s.

In New York City: Taking a private holiday-lights tour and watching the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall.

In Israel: Guided tours of the American colony, rooftop cocktails in Tel Aviv and standing on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

In South Africa: Taking a quiet respite away from it all at an award-winning farm resort, dining on the freshest garden-inspired meals.

In Ireland: Enjoying afternoon tea in your own private castle.

In Australia: Dining beneath the white sails of the Sydney Opera House with front-row seats on the world-famous New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

In Scotland: Warming up with a dram of whisky after a day exploring Loch Torridon.

In Antigua: Giving back to local communities and lounging on the white-sand beaches.

In Sri Lanka: Surfing, safari-ing, and sipping local wines as the New Year is rung in.