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5 reasons why ‘shoulder season’ is the best time to travel | Lifestyles

5 reasons why ‘shoulder season’ is the best time to travel | Lifestyles
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Book during shoulder season and you’ll be competing with fewer people for the best experiences.

3. You won’t see many external closings

While the demand is high during the high season, sometimes the demand drops so low during the holiday season that the places you want to visit are not open. Boat tour operators may board for the winter, and the charming ski town’s cafes can close for the summer.

For example, the average number of visitors to Zion National Park in Utah is about 16% of the number of visitors who come during the high season in July, and most tourists will have a rough patch. Snow forces certain paths to close, some roads become unavailable to drivers, and the museum and services such as shuttle buses are unavailable.

Alternatively, consider a trip during September’s shoulder season, when crowds are only about 85% of the park’s peak but most amenities are available. Plus, you’ll benefit from mild weather and the appearance of fall colors.

All over the world, hotels often take the time to do renovations, so the pool may become no-go. Airlines usually cut their routes, so you’ll have less flexibility in deciding the day or time you can travel.

But the shoulder season is unlikely to involve such challenges. Travel before the summer crowds arrive and you may be pleasantly surprised by a newly renovated hotel room. Head into the mountains right after the winter break to take advantage of the slopes that are still snowy without many skiers on them.

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