As many people, I recently went to holiday parties and caught up with friends. My conversations usually include travel and I am always on the prowl for more travel tips, trip planning strategies, and tactics.
One couple I spoke with are going on a Caribbean cruise in mid January and an Alaska cruise in May. I asked why they picked those destinations and dates. I pretty much knew the answer but like to learn about other people’s trips (and trip planning process). It validates my theories and teachings, plus gives me more examples to use in my seminars—to teach people to save money, time, and stress (on EVERY trip).
“Well,” one answered, “the rates are lower because it is not in season.”
Being flexible (about seasons or dates of travel, in this case) results in better opportunities to get the best travel deals. When you are inflexible about the dates you can travel, due to work or school schedules, you must accept the prevailing prices. When there is the highest demand—most people traveling to a destination—suppliers (airlines, hotels, etc.) charge the highest rates.
Off seasons trips often means having more fun. Visiting Disney World in early November, for instance, means reduced crowds and incredibly nice weather. Visiting Europe just before or after the summer rush means less dense museum crowds and easier access to restaurants.
Remember, if you want to save money and have more fun, be flexible about the dates (seasons) you can travel. The more options you make yourself available for, the better chance you have to get the best possible travel deal.
Happy travels and trip planning!