Many associate the end of summer with the return to the grind — but it doesn’t have to be so! The fall season can actually be a prime time for a getaway; even in popular autumnal locales, rates across the board generally aren’t at their very highest, and airline prices certainly aren’t soaring like they are around the holiday season.
Let us take a tour to some of the affordable off-peak destinations which are worth visiting:
1. Dubrovnik, Croatia
If you considered traveling to Europe this summer, then you definitely learned at least one thing: it ain’t cheap. Summertime is the most popular season for almost every European destination, and that was certainly the case for Croatia, which has been one of the most popular getaways in the world in recent years
Nantucket is one of the Northeast’s most popular — and most expensive — summertime escapes. Visitors either have to shell out a load of cash for flights, or suffer through insane motor traffic only to take a packed ferry over to the island. Come fall, though, its a different story; flights are reasonable, ferries are discounted and lack the crowds, and Nantucket exudes that perfect New England fall vibe that’ll make you feel all warm and fuzzy.
3. Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic makes almost every list of affordable beach destinations. Not only is it relatively easy to get to — with direct flights leaving from the U.S. and Europe daily — but it is filled with all-inclusive resorts, many of which offer affordable package deals.
4. Victoria, British Colombia
Victoria bustles with tourists during the summertime, when temperatures are perfectly pleasant: sunny and warm, but without the sticky feeling that Caribbean and city destinations’ weather can produce. And while it’s freezing come wintertime in this Canadian locale, visitors pack the slopes. So we found the sweet spot: Victoria’s autumn.
Sedona is another spa-like destination, this time stateside, where you can find Zen not only from spa treatments and a tranquil natural setting, but also through the money you’ll save if you visit during the off-peak fall season. Sure, summertime may be pretty quiet here too — but that’s because the weather is stifling.