Want luxury? Travel in the off season
Do you wish you could enjoy a stay in a luxurious hotel, tuck into some top cuisine or relax in a quality spa resort?
Do you relegate those wishes to the ‘if only’ category? Well, it might be time to start thinking a little more seriously about your dream destinations and longed for holidays because by booking during the off season, you could clinch a fantastic, luxury holiday for less.
Picking the perfect time to holiday
For many people, holiday times are dictated by some hard and fast rules. Parents of young children are restricted to school holidays – some schools will even fine families if they take their little ones out of the class to travel – while people who work in offices often have to cram their breaks into set periods. If you work for yourself, have the power to choose your own holiday times or have chosen retirement, it’s time to start taking advantage of your flexibility.
Choose unusual dates
By deciding to travel during unconventional periods, you can drastically lower the price tag on your trip – making some seriously specialty locations accessible even on a budget. Start by thinking about the kind of places you’d love to stay and then do a little research about your destination.
While there are some times of the year that are always on peak (Christmas, Easter breaks, the summer holidays), different destinations and countries also tend to have their own high and low seasons. These are typically driven by the weather and if you’re not fussy when it comes to sun or you prefer to travel when it’s a little cooler, you could find some excellent holidays for a lot less.
Be a last minute winner
Be brave and you could save a bundle on your accommodation. As most hotels would prefer to fill a room rather than leave it empty, they will typically drop the prices when time starts to run out. So by buying flights or transport first and then waiting until the last minute to snag your accommodation, you could upgrade your hotel stay without bumping the price.
For those flights, be sure to have a look at comparison sites like Kayak and Skyscanner to find the dates that offer the best deals. Another great way to maximise on savings during the off season is to see if you can gather a group of friends to travel with you. Many tour operators and hotels will offer their best discounts when you can guarantee a certain number of guests and it’s a really fun way to travel. Don’t forget to check out our Silvercard offers – there’s great discounts on everything from cruises to hotels to help get you there cheaper.
Fodors has put together a great list of 10 of the world’s best luxury hotels for finding a bargain in the off season – be inspired by some of the amazing deals you can find just by flying against the flock. For some excellent tips for making sure you’re a smart traveller, no matter when you set off, check out these luxury travel tips from LiveShareTravel and don’t forget to sort out your holiday insurance before you go – head along to Holiday Extras for some great options.
Rachel - Silversurfers Assistant Editor
Latest posts by Rachel - Silversurfers Assistant Editor (see all)
Leave a Comment!
Community Terms & Conditions
These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.
You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.
be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.
Contributions must not:
contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.
Nurturing a safe environment
Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.
We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!