Off-season Travel: Why Travelling In The Shoulder Season Can Be A Great Idea

When it comes to planning a vacation, most travellers tend to flock to popular destinations during the peak season. While there’s no denying the allure of summer beaches or bustling winter markets, there’s another lesser-known holiday trend that travellers have started to embrace: off-season or shoulder season travel. In this blog post, we’ll explore why travelling during this time is such a great idea (especially for those seeking luxury experiences) and share some travel tips.

What is the Shoulder Season?

Put simply, the shoulder season refers to the period between the peak and off-peak seasons. They fall just after or before the busiest tourist seasons, and are also when the weather is transitioning. Today’s travellers are far more flexible and adaptable than before, and more and more people are looking to travel during the shoulder season. For example, if you’re planning to visit Europe soon, this would typically be around April to May or September to October.

Why Travel during Shoulder Season?

One of the most compelling reasons to travel during the shoulder season is that you can save money. Luxury hotels and airlines will often offer significantly reduced prices during these months as they try to entice guests, and even restaurants and bars may offer attractive discounts. By missing out on the busiest months, travellers can enjoy the same luxury experiences – such as staying at a five-star beachfront hotel in Ras Al Khaimah or dining out at a Michelin-starred restaurant – without breaking the bank.

The perks of the Shoulder Season

Another advantage of travelling during these months is that there’ll be less tourists. The most popular tourist destinations will often be teeming with huge crowds, making it difficult for you to truly immerse yourself in the culture. In the shoulder season, however, you’ll have more space to yourself, be stuck in less queues, and be able to enjoy a more authentic travel experience. With fewer fellow tourists competing for reservations or tours, you’ll be able to shape your trip to suit your preferences, and curate a truly personalised travel experience.

The weather is also often better during this time of year, with milder temperatures. This makes it an ideal time to make the most of your holiday, with outdoor activities like sightseeing or safaris – you won’t have to worry about hiding from the scorching sun or having to wrap up against the cold. In some parts of the world, these months also coincide with the dry season, so you won’t be stuck in your room while it rains for days on end.

Off-season travel is a fantastic option for any travellers seeking unique experiences without having to worry about crowds or inflated prices. Immerse yourself in local culture, enjoy favourable weather, and unlock exclusive opportunities that may not be available during peak season. So, if you’re looking to add a touch of luxury to your next vacation, consider planning your trip during the shoulder season with Safarak and discover a world of possibilities.