For a real getaway, travel gurus know that the off-season is the preferred time to visit a slew of destinations. Let other vacationers tiptoe through crowds at the beach in summer’s heat or stand in ski lift lines in the dead of winter. Instead, consider a beach vacation in the early fall, when many places reduce their rates after Labor Day. You’ll take advantage of savings and enjoy the salty air, sand and surf without being jostled by the masses.
If winter sports are your way of de-stressing, plan a trip in early spring. You’ll still find snow at higher elevations and, chances are, have the slopes to yourself. Once you decide on the type of vacation you’re itching to experience, book that off-season vacation package and go.