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Is Taking an Off-Season Vacation Worth It?

Weather is never truly predictable, but there's good reason that some vacationers travel to certain destinations at particular times of year. Traveling off-season has the benefit of cheaper airfare and hotel costs and it's generally less busy, but traveling during high season offers more security in terms of weather stability.

Do you think it's worth it to travel off-season given the more unpredictable weather?


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JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I hate dealing with the tourists so I'd be glad to go off season when the weather might not be as great. It's much easier to navigate and it's always cheaper off season at a touristy area.
sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 9 years
I LOVE going on vacation on off times. I went to Paris and Switzerland in December at it was freakin MAGICAL (it was the first time I had seen/touched snow!!!)For this Dec/Jan I am going to spend New Years in Amsterdam then head off to Paris and after hit up Milan so EXCITED!!!The flights & hotels are way cheaper and I love winter destinations why does it always have to be about warm weathered vacations????
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i think that it's worth it. these days the weather is so unpredictible that it doesn't matter much. hurricane season is longer, there are MASSIVE heat waves that make vacations less fun, and you never know when it's just going to rain - so for the price break - i would say go for it.
thelorax thelorax 9 years
It really depends on the destination. I wouldn't visit Cape Cod in January, but I'd happily go to Disney World or Hawaii! The lower costs and smaller crowds are worth it, to a reasonable extent.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I totally agree with Mintie regarding Chicago's weather. When I travel it's all about immersing myself in the culture and seeing how the locals do it.
jillerin457 jillerin457 9 years
Bad weather doesn't deter me, either. I guess it's because I'm one of those who prefers "culture" vacations to beaches, and rain doesn't keep me from enjoying museums! Also, I'd always choose a thunder storm over a crowd, especially if I'm paying half as much for the same trip.
SugarKat SugarKat 9 years
I prefer off-season traveling because the only time of year that Seattle is vacation worthy is during the Summer so why leave???!!!
cagey333 cagey333 9 years
I went to Rome during February in 2003. It was TOTALLY worth it. The ticket was $329, roundtrip, I kid you not. We only waited 45 minutes to see the Sistine Chapel, I have heard normally it is a 4 HOUR wait. There were less crowds everywhere we went. It was chilly and we had to wear coats, but truly - it was such a lovely trip. Cheaper and less crowded.
silly3 silly3 9 years
Is taking a vacation ever NOT worth it? I'm all for vacations
Mintie Mintie 9 years
I usually always travel off season. Living in Chicago, no one's winter is as bas as ours... unless I plan on vacationing in the tundra. A little rain in Paris? Clouds in London? Chilly in Berlin? What do I care... It won't be 6 degrees with 12 inches on the ground... and very likely that's what I've left in Chicago. [although I usually find relatively lovely weather whenever I travel... a few days of rain or clouds perhaps... but I'm usually able to take quite extended trips, so I have better odds too] On the other hand, I'm not a beachy, islandey, sunning person... so I would imagine it would be a downside of hitting rain or clouds when you're plan is to bake your skin to a golden crisp.
MindayH MindayH 9 years
I say that it really depends. The Carribean is better in the winter for weather, and the summer and fall is in hurricane season - not worth it! Hawaii is expensive and great year round. But if I wanted a beach vacation - I wouldn't go on the off season.
bsglrok132 bsglrok132 9 years
I always take off season trips. It's better for me because I don't like crowds and rainy days and cold don't scare me.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
It never rains in Southern California....and it's cheaper (if you're from the US) because it isn't international! And there is a ton of stuff to do.
Rychtrm Rychtrm 9 years
Its not just the cost that you benefit from. Even though its off-season I feel you get a better experience and appreciation of the place your visiting when it isnt so busy. Like Monaco, for example. It full of tourist all year long, so much that its kind of hard to fully experience the French and Monegasque culture because its full of Americans. My father was born in Monaco however and I have visited there dozens of time so I understand the culture and how they live. Thats the whole reason why you travel out of the country, to see how they live and experience different cultures. Now, if you are visiting Florida on the other hand, by all means just go during off-season because its really no different from home, except the weather.
Knight-Who-Says-Ni Knight-Who-Says-Ni 9 years
I think it's a great idea. I prefer off-season traveling; there are fewer tourists! And you really do save a bundle.
italianblonde italianblonde 9 years
Definitely!!! It's soo much better when you basically run the town because noone's there but the locals. I like to go off season, but I just came back from vacation last week. It's basically summer, but the beach I went to wasn't crowded yet..a local at the restaurant said we picked a good time b/c next week they will jack up the prices, lessen the portions, and we'd get no spot on the beach.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
I would think it's worth it and maybe less expensive. I'm planning a trip to US Virgin Islands for December and the price is impressively close to $3000 lower than if I travelled in July.
shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 9 years
If it's some place like Europe where you go more for the culture than the weather, I think it works out okay. This is especially helpful since the Euro is super strong compared to the dollar right now.
KWM KWM 9 years
It depends on the destination. If the only reason to visit a place is for the beach or pool, it's silly to go when you can't enjoy it. However, if it's to a city for sightseeing, it could be worth the cost savings to go during the off season.
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