I love traveling, though I’ll be the first to admit that it can be an expensive hobby. Though we typically only go on one big week-long (or longer, if I can convince my husband to take the time off work) vacation each year, we employ a few tactics to try to bring the prices down.
I’ve shared a lot of those tips before in the following posts:
- Travel Hacks: Shopping for Cheap Flights
- 8 Tips for Going on the Honeymoon of Your Dreams for Less
- Cheap Travel: 5 Websites That Will Save You Money
- When to Book Your Hotel for Summer Vacation
One of the biggest ways we’ve been saving on travel over the past couple of years is that we have been visiting during each country’s off-season. For instance, we went to Australia and New Zealand in early August, which is the end of their winter. Prices were cheaper and the coldest temperatures we encountered were the mid-50s. If I were to make it back to that part of the world I would definitely plan to go during our summer again!
Two years ago we went to Costa Rica in May, which is considered their rainy season. We enjoyed cheaper prices, including at the magnificent El Silencio Lodge, and ran into very few other tourists. The best part was that we were able to enjoy the sun during the day as it only rained at night.
There’s a bit of a risk when you travel during a country’s off-season because you just never know what could happen weather-wise, but we’ve had great luck thus far and will continue to travel this way.
If you’re looking to do something similar I found a great infographic from Holidayme.com that lists the off-season travel months for countries around the globe. I had to laugh at the inclusion of some countries though. I’m not sure how high up on the list Iran and Siberia are, but what do I know?
It’s a great infographic that my fellow travel lovers may want to keep in mind for future vacations!
Please click through to check it out!