Have you heard about shoulder season? No, don’t worry ladies it’s not about the “off the shoulder dresses.” No need to worry about how your shoulders will look in fashion. This is about finding discounts on travel between summer and the holidays. The Labor Day weekend typically marks the end of the “peak season” prices for many hotels and resorts both in the United States and at many other vacation destinations. This is due to students returning to school, and parents not scheduling family vacations. A smart traveler can take advantage of this time of year though by finding bargains according to a press release from Hotwire.com
The “shoulder season” is the period from just after Labor Day weekend through the month of November until Thanksgiving weekend begins, when rates start to increase significantly again. The press release indicates that demand for hotels can drop by close to one third during this time frame when compared to those peak travel times during the summer months for many families. There are many places a frugal family can travel to and take advantage of these discounted rates in the fall.
Europe is one that the press release indicates has significant bargains waiting to be found. This is partly due to the reduced airline rates for travel. Hotwire recommends for the greatest bargains that you visit countries not using the Euro for currency. A couple of these European countries include Hungary and Poland.
Many travelers shy away from Caribbean vacations this time of year because of all the news about tropical weather systems and the hurricanes and tropical storms they spawn. It is true that the first half of this time period can see quite a bit of tropical activity. What some travelers fail to realize according to the press release though is that the southern Caribbean sees very little of that activity this time of year.
Are you looking for a shorter trip, maybe just a long weekend? Well gas prices are down and traveling by car is not a bad idea. You don’t even have to use your own car. The press release from Hotwire.com indicates that deals as low as $15.95 per day can be found oun rental cars during the month of September. Keep in mind that later in the year gas prices quite often rise before the winter holiday season.
“This is one of the best times of the year to travel,” said Barbara Messing, vice president and travel expert at Hotwire(R). “The travel industry wants to fill their empty rooms, cars and planes, and they are offering great deals for anyone who can escape for a little rest and relaxation.”
Regardless of where you want to travel this fall, there are bargains to be had. The question becomes if you have budgeted your vacation time from work wisely. If you have, and you are concerned about taking your kids out of school, you might want to contact the school and work with them. Many schools and teachers will arrange school work for you to bring with your family on vacation so your kids don’t fall too far behind by taking a vacation during the school year. This way you can save money, and not feel guilty about those savings as a parent.
Prnewswire.com. “Hotwire.com Reveals Shoulder Season Secrets”.