About a month ago, Debi wrote about the benefits of traveling during Shoulder Season.  If you missed it, you can read it here.
If you are someone who loves to travel internationally but also looks for great value and fewer crowds, then shoulder season and off-season travel may be just what you need! 
Understanding Shoulder Season and Off-Season: The shoulder season refers to the period between peak season and off-season, when travel destinations experience lower tourist traffic, more moderate weather, and, often, more affordable prices. The off-season is when a destination sees the least tourist activity, typically due to weather conditions or other factors.
Here are some great destinations for to consider visiting during Shoulder Season.
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Exploring European Gems

  • Santorini, Greece: During shoulder season (April-May and September-October), this iconic Mediterranean paradise offers pleasant weather, fewer crowds, and breathtaking sunsets. Experience the enchanting views of the caldera, indulge in authentic Greek cuisine, and immerse yourself in the rich history and culture.
  • Barcelona, Spain: With its vibrant art scene, architectural masterpieces, and beautiful beaches, Barcelona is a must-visit destination. Shoulder season (March-April and September-October) allows you to explore the city’s famous landmarks, such as La Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, without feeling overwhelmed by crowds.

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Discover the Wonders of Africa

Cape Town, South Africa: Shoulder season (April-May and September-October) in Cape Town offers pleasant temperatures, stunning coastal scenery, and thrilling wildlife encounters. Explore Table Mountain, visit the colorful Bo-Kaap neighborhood, and embark on a safari adventure in nearby national parks.

Tropical Escapes

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  • Bali, Indonesia: Shoulder season (April-June and September-November) in Bali provides a perfect blend of warm weather and affordable prices. Immerse yourself in the island’s lush landscapes, vibrant culture, and spiritual traditions. From serene beaches to lush rice terraces, Bali is a paradise waiting to be discovered.
  • Zanzibar, Tanzania: If you’re dreaming of turquoise waters, pristine beaches, and a rich cultural heritage, shoulder season (January-March and June-October) is the ideal time to visit Zanzibar. Explore the historic, UNESCO Stone Town, soak up the sun on white sandy beaches, and dive into the captivating underwater world.

Shoulder season and off-season travel offer incredible opportunities to explore international destinations without the crowds and at a more budget-friendly price. Whether you choose to visit the charming streets of Santorini, the architectural wonders of Barcelona, the wildlife-rich landscapes of Cape Town, the tropical paradise of Bali, or the idyllic beaches of Zanzibar, these destinations promise unforgettable experiences. Embrace the magic of shoulder season and embark on your next international adventure!