Don’t Overlook: The Time of Year

Some parts of the year are better for travel than others. Some parts of the year are more popular for travel than others. Unsurprisingly, these categories rarely overlap. If you’re looking to take a lengthy, relaxing, and exciting vacation, you should not overlook the time of the year—it can be enough to make or break your well-deserved vacation. 

Let’s start with the popular holiday travel times: summer, bank holidays, and Christmastime. Each option has a set of advantages. Vacationing in the summer is an excellent way to take advantage of good weather and a more laid-back work atmosphere. If your office already institutes Friday half days in the summer, you’re more likely to get the OK for a longer vacation. Similarly, bank holidays present a method for getting more time off—by extending a long weekend into a week-long vacation, you’ll only use four days of PTO (or vacation/sick days) instead of five. The same applies for the last two weeks of December, which are full of holidays. Plus, traveling in the winter is always a great idea—you’ll escape your city’s cold, wet weather. 

These popular travel times also come with a distinct set of drawbacks. Summertime vacations are often very expensive, and traveling on bank holidays means massive crowds and inflated plane ticket prices. Winter holidays have some of the most popular travel days of the year, which means a terrible combination of crowds, expenses, and the potential for full flights.  

So, before you book your vacation, do some research into when is the best time to visit. You might be surprised by what you find. The best time to visit Hawaii, for example, is in May or October, both of which are not very popular travel months. Looking to visit a Mediterranean country? Book your tickets for late September to escape both the crowds and unbearable heat. By spending just a few hours figuring out the best time to visit, you’ll make your vacation infinitely better. Save those bank holidays for a staycation.  


Gerald Taylor

I am a lifelong explorer and travel enthusiast. I've never been a certified travel agent, but I have multiple family members who were. I'm not necessarily plugged in to the latest travel vendors and exclusive packages, and I've never cared for the label "life coach," but I do think I have some wisdom to offer about how people can get the most of your their vacation time.

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