What are travel seasons and how does it affect prices?

Every destination has the perfect time to visit. Whether it’s right after the monsoons or right before the scorching heat, locations around the world have ideal seasons that make travelling an absolute pleasure. Each season also has its own advantages and disadvantages that are about more than just the weather, it’s about your budget too!

The cost of travelling is determined by supply and demand. The better the season, the higher the cost. Nothing personal, just businesses making the most out of a good situation. If you want to know how this affects the cost of flights, check out the article on how to find the cheapest flights. Let’s take a look at what are travel seasons and how it affects prices.

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What is peak season?

Peak season, also known as high season, is the most popular or favourable time to visit a destination. Peak seasons will differ from location to location but there are general periods throughout the year that are considered peak season, like Christmas, New Year’s Eve and school holidays.

Pros of peak season: perfect weather, ideal time for exploring or to visit tourist attractions

Cons of peak season: most expensive time to travel, large crowds, long queues

What is off-peak season?

Off-peak season is the time of the year when travellers will generally avoid a specific location for very specific reasons, like monsoon seasons or political events. This is generally the least favourite time to travel but this period does not last for very long.

Pros of off-peak season: least expensive time to travel, no crowds, no queues

Cons of off-peak season: least favourable weather, major attractions might be closed

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What is a shoulder season?

Shoulder season is the period between peak and off-peak seasons. During this time places will start to fill up but not very quickly. This is personally my favourite time to travel and I’m sure you’ll quickly come to see why.

Pros of shoulder season: more travel deals, cheaper, less crowds, fewer queues

Cons of shoulder season: weather might not be great all the time, some attractions might be closed

If you’re planning a vacation think about peak, off-peak and shoulder seasons and you might be able to save a lot! That means more money for activities.

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