London is a fascinating and fast-moving metropolis, but sometimes it can get a bit draining. Getting away from the hustle and bustle is a great way to re-energize yourself and return to the big city with a little extra energy. Since the weekend is fast […]
Month: May 2017
After meeting my husband, I had loads of chances to experience travel as a couple. While there are still things I love about solo travel, I have to admit that traveling as a pair has its pros too. There are some places in the world […]
Summer is coming up and it’s the perfect time to travel…well, to some places at least. If you’re considering a last-minute trip to somewhere in Europe, here’s 5 reasons why you should plan your vacation for the first two weeks of June:
No, I don’t mean it’s time to break out the tank tops and bare your shoulders (although it is the beginning of summer, so yay to tank tops!), but rather that early June is the prime time to travel in Europe simply because you’re smack in the middle of low season and high season. It feels like all of Europe (and pretty much the rest of the world) goes on holiday sometime towards the end of June and all the way through August, which can make for some unpleasant traveling as everywhere you go will be crowded. I can’t emphasise this enough: early June is the sweet spot.
While the upside of traveling during low season is usually that there are fewer tourists, the downside tends to be that the weather isn’t great. Rainy season and winter tend to be low season for most places simply because the weather sucks and no one wants to go sightseeing when it’s pouring or snowing, right? In early June the sun is pretty much shining everywhere in Europe (yes, even in the U.K.) and the weather is not peak summer heat yet. This can make the travel experience so much more pleasant.
This probably goes without saying, but things tend to be cheaper during shoulder season and much easier to book. Even if you’re booking last minute you’ll have so many more options—and better priced ones—than when booking during high season. And, you have the luxury of booking things more last minute since train tickets, and other such items aren’t as likely to run out.
If you’ve ever been to Paris in July you know that queues can get crazy! People line up for hours to gain access to major tourist attractions and you have to plan your day around spending a significant amount of time just waiting. During early June there still might be some queues, but they are a lot more manageable. In fact, I’ve heard some people say that during an early June visit they were able to get in to see the Eiffel Tower without having to wait in line at all!
One of the things I love about travel is the feeling that you never know what the day will bring or what you will discover. But, if you have to book and plan everything to a ‘T’ because there will be tons of tourists and you won’t have any room for leeway, your trip may turn out to be more stressful than enjoyable. The slashed prices and scant tourists during shoulder season means you have the flexibility to make decisions as you go along. It’s a lovely feeling when you allow that sense of adventure to take over!
What are some of the reasons you love traveling during shoulder season? Do you have any experiences you’d like to share?