The Heck With High Season
As all right-thinking people know, the day after Labor Day -- not Jan. 1 -- is the real beginning of the New Year. That first-day-of-school energy makes it seem as if anything is possible. But September is significant for another reason, too: It marks the start of the best time of year to travel.
Sorry, all you guys with school-age kids who are restricted to traveling during summer and school breaks. The rest of us know that the fall months, with their cooler weather, smaller crowds and lower prices, are prime vacation time. True, some of the tourism infrastructure shuts down around now -- fewer ferries plying Croatia's Dalmatian Coast, not as many B&Bs open in the Irish countryside, etc. -- but a little advance planning will take care of that. And while cool weather can be a factor, any inconveniences there are more than offset by the lower airfares and hotel rates. True, if you're heading to the Caribbean early fall is still hurricane season, but statistically, your chances of getting hit are pretty small. To me, the bargains are worth it.
Unfortunately I'm not following my own advice this season, having used up all my travel chits this summer. But how about the rest of you? Got any good tips on bargain destinations for fall? Examples of deals you just couldn't resist? Or any cautionary tales of off-season vacations gone wrong?
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