While summer vacations can be quite invigorating and convenient, especially for those that have children, taking time off in the winter months may be less costly. If you plan your escape to coincide during the off-season of various locations, the money you save for the trip can go further than anticipated. The more money you have available, the more you can do once you and/or the family arrive at the destination.
Planning for Peak, but Actually Going in the Off-Season
If you estimate and save the money you’ll need during the peak-season of the ideal location, consider how much more money will be available when vacationing during the off-season. Lodging, entertainment and even traveling expenses could be considerably lower during the winter months than during the summer. In some situations, the savings could be as much as 80 percent of the full peak price.
Traveling Expenses and Frequent Flyer Miles
For those that use reward credit cards, miles can be accumulated throughout the year in order to pay for flights to a wide range of destinations. If you travel during times of the year that are less attractive for tourism, you could save money and miles as airlines are much cheaper to use. Instead of requiring 80,000 frequent flyer miles to travel across two or three states, off-season flights may be closer to 40,000. Of course this is dependent on the airline and rewards program of the credit card.
Avoiding Tourism and Long Waits
One attraction that prompts individuals to plan vacations during off-seasons is the reduction of tourism. This means less lines at the counter or at an entertainment venue. You and/or the family could experience more of the ambience in any given area as there are fewer people and shorter waits in line.
Experiencing the Holidays in Luxury
Many individuals enjoy renting homes during the winter months and hosting holiday events in a beautiful setting. This could be renting homes along the Atlantic Ocean in a secluded, eight-bedroom terrace or along the beach in a tropical wonderland. During the winter months, many of these rental homes are much cheaper per month than it would be for summer excursions. It may be possible that the security deposits could also be considerably less as the home’s owner attempts to entice renters during the cold periods of the year in order to improve his or her investment.
Engaging Work or School While Abroad
One of the reasons why more people don’t take winter vacations is the work and school aspect of life. Fortunately, both of these may be accomodate thanks to mobile technology. Children may still be able to attend their full-time studies while abroad while your workload can be dealt with while away. If you’re able to arrange such circumstances for yourself and your family, then there is no real reason why you can’t enjoy taking a month or two away from the local setting. If it means you could save 80 percent of the money needed for an optimum vacation, wouldn’t it be worth it to you in order to ensure your money goes further?