NOW is the Time to Take That Off-season Vacation!

January 16, 2020 by · Leave a Comment 

We just finished the winter holidays, and most of us are staring down the barrel of three or four more long months of winter, depending on where you live. Nothing but snow, ice, cold, and cabin fever until April, when you start wondering if 42 degrees is warm enough to have lunch outside.

What started out as a winter wonderland is going to turn into a slushy slopfest and you’re not sure you’re going to make it to the spring thaw.

The entrance at Universal Studios. This place is wonderfully empty during an off-season vacation

The ticket entrance at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL.

This is the time to take an off-season vacation! The end of January and all of February, maybe even into the very early part of March. If you can swing even a couple days before a weekend and head somewhere warm, just for a few days, it’s probably the best time you’re going to have.

Or maybe you’re traveling for business, and you’re going to be in another city, so you can add a couple extra days onto your itinerary for a little bleisure travel.

Here are a few reasons why you should take a quick off-season vacation now.

Universal Citywalk Orlando during an off-season vacation

Universal Citywalk Orlando,

  1. School is back in session, so families with kids are staying home. If you want to spend a few days, say, in the Orlando-based theme parks, the crowds are way down this time of year. The same is true for late October and up through November, before Thanksgiving. Anywhere you can go that’s normally packed with families will be delightfully empty during an off-season vacation.
  2. Prices are cheaper. This is considered the off-season for a lot of vacation destinations, so everything is going to be priced a lot lower than the peak travel seasons. You can save quite a bit by vacationing now.
  3. There’s a lot more availability. It’s hard to find a room sometimes during peak holiday travel. And the ones you do find are usually priced higher than the rest of the year. But hotels often have special pricing for the off-season.
  4. Lines and wait times are shorter. We love going to the theme parks during the off-season. What would normally be a 3- or 4-hour wait for the best rides in December or in the summer can be a 30-minute wait, or even no wait during the off-season.
  5. Fewer people, smaller crowds. I’ve never been a fan of big crowds. People bumping into me, walking four and five abreast on a sidewalk, stopping to look at a map right in the middle of the main thoroughfare. You still get that, but it happens less, and there are fewer people to try to maneuver around in the low season.
  6. It’s easier to get reservations. If there’s a special restaurant you want to try, you may be able to get in a lot more easily. Make your reservations in advance, of course, but you might be able to get in without too much of a fuss.
  7. It’s easier to get upgrades. From your flight to your hotel room, it never hurts to ask for an upgrade to a bigger room or seat. If you’re lucky, and the person you’re asking likes you, you’ve got a decent shot at getting it. Of course, you won’t get it if all the upgraded rooms and seats are full, but if there’s no one there, maybe they’ll let you slide in.

How do you feel about an off-season vacation? Have you ever tried them? What has been your experience, good or bad? Tell us all about it on our Facebook page, or in our Twitter stream.

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Erik Deckers is a travel writer, as well as a content marketer and book author. He is the co-author of Branding Yourself, No Bullshit Social Media, and The Owned Media Doctrine. Erik has been blogging since 1997, and has been a newspaper humor columnist for over 20 years

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