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.

    • Volcanos and Penguins and Wine Oh My
      The 28 or so hours traveling here has proven to be more than worth itWhile the flight from Houston to Santiago was overnight and in the dark the three hours from Santiago to Punta Arenas were spent winging over the Andes. Amazing is a word overused i
    • Glen Nevis
      ltsmall classtextmuted stylefontsize 24.966402053833008px color 6c757d importantgtGlen Nevis is one of the most beautiful glens in Scotland at the foot of Ben Nevis the highest and most popular mountain in the UK.ltsmallgt
    • A trip to Napa Valley
      Day 3 Friday November 19th 2021 Today the gang is heading out to Napa Valley. We had an early breakfast at 700 am at the Blue Mermaid restaurant. After my delish French toast the group headed of the nearby Avis to pick up the
    • Brunch Fortune Cookies Ferry Building Alleys and Fine Arts
      Day 4 Saturday November 20th 2021 For Breakfast this morning we headed to Sweet Maple one of the gotobrunch spots in San Francisco. I had their French toast and millionaires bacon. It was probably my favourite me
    • First Ship to Shore Call
      We got our first shiptoshore call from Maggie today. If we need to call her it will be 4 a minute But thankfully she can purchase calling cards on board for a much more reasonable price about 5 per hour. It was great to hear her voice though we d
    • Back to Home
      Day 5 Sunday November 21st 2021 With our bags packed we ordered an Uber to take us from our hotel to the airport. Renata and I got an interesting ride in our first Tesla. The Uber driver called his car a toy. A
    • I have the Best Bestie
      Today's post is a shout out to my bestie Jessica. It wasn't even lunchtime and she had already spent most of her day taking care of me. First I get stuck in all the snow in the driveway. Mind you I'm driving her car that she has been loaning me. She come