The ultimate way to save money when you travel? Travel at the right time.

No matter where you go in the world, if you choose the less crowded months of the year to go, you will save money – guaranteed. Why? Because of the age-old laws of supply and demand. These secretly cheaper travel seasons are known industry-wide as ‘shoulder season’. It’s the period between the high (most popular) season and low (least popular) season. It’s the perfect time to find mild weather conditions, crowd-free destinations and lower travel prices. Especially if you plan a trip to destinations that are more affordable to start with!

Because it takes time to save for a trip, we think it’s worth looking into this option. There are more pros than cons to travelling outside of peak seasons, with the money you’ll save at the top of the list! This is how shoulder season travel can save you time and money:

Airfares

You can book flights that are dramatically cheaper. Because this will most likely be one of your biggest travel expenses, it makes sense that it’s a saving that can make a big difference on your overall travel expenses. Do your research well ahead of time and compare a number of airlines while researching. It might also be worth signing up for promo emails. TOP TIP: Booking engines and airlines will sometimes reward you for travelling during the off and shoulder season months.

Accommodation

When the crowds are not in town, you can pick and choose accommodation – from 1-star hostels to 5-star villas. And you’re bound to get better service, as the staff are not as occupied or tired as they would be during peak season.

Food and drink is one expense that can be more affordable if you plan to travel in shoulder season months. Port in Lisbon, anyone?

Admission to attractions

Because demand drops throughout shoulder season, entry fees to travel attractions tend to be less expensive as well. Some restaurants might even adjust their menu for this season to attract travellers. Take advantage of these offers to stay within your travel budget.

You get all of the experience while spending less

Over peak season you can lose valuable travel time. Something like standing in a queue, waiting for public transport or getting into a museum takes more time when there are more people. You’ll get to spend more time in each destination enjoying, appreciating and capturing the attraction and experience – which can add more value to your journey. Also, the locals tend to be in town and are normally a lot more open to foreigners when they are not overrun by tourists.

The lovely, quiet streets of Tuscany in spring.

You can save money on your entire trip and spend it on something else

Ponder that for a while. A trip during shoulder season can save you heaps of money that you can spend on something you would not have been able to afford if you travelled during peak season. Imagine cashing in on some souvenirs, a more expensive dinner in city centre Paris or just saving the money (to spend on your next trip perhaps?)!

For the same amount of money that you would spend on a trip in high season, you can get a richer experience and have more money left in your savings account. Definitely a win-win, if you ask us!

Questions & Comments




  1. Do i have to register again or am i automatically on your list for the next secret announcements. When more or less will that be

    • Expat Explore says:

      Hi Aletta, Thanks for your message and thank you for joining our list! We have another campaign coming up later in the year (we know you’ll love it) and you can rest assured that you will receive the notification as you are already part of the list. We hope to welcome you on a tour soon.

  2. Hoping to receive update of your another campaign ..Thanks!

  3. Hi, I am planning a trip for 8 -10days to the Balkans states.
    Can you do arrangement for a 58 year old single lady traveller? I will be flying from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I prefer the shoulder season in 2018.

    Your kind response with total fares n flight arrangements is greatly appreciated.

    Anne