Learn how to Travel Crowd-Free: Off-Season Secrets and techniques
Wherever you dream in 2021, leave the crowd behind.
Author: Jemima Forbes
While you may long to explore the world, the COVID-19 pandemic is undoubtedly making travel more difficult. One thing is certain: We are seeing a trend of travelers looking for people-free travel options. Considering off-season locations is a smart way to ensure quieter attractions and limit contact with others. Our travel experts have shared their favorite off-season destinations where you can enjoy a safe and socially detached vacation. Here are our top six tips for off-season travel from October to March.
1October in Savannah, Georgia
Fall is a fantastic time of year to visit the American South as not only are temperatures moderate and humidity low, but there are also some stunning green landscapes to admire. In addition, October is good for school, which means fewer people to avoid on the streets and at attractions.
Savannah is one of the oldest cities in Georgia, boasting dozens of exceptional heritage sites, from impressive antebellum mansions to the very atmospheric (and supposedly haunted) Bonaventure Cemetery.
For a breath of fresh autumn air, take an outdoor stroll in Forsyth Park or take a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride down the cobblestone streets of the historic district to Savannah!
2November in Sicily, Italy
Delicious cuisine and beautiful hiking trails await everyone who decides to take a trip to Sicily in November. The sunny island off Italy’s south coast becomes much quieter once the summer vacation is over, making it an ideal spot for a deserted getaway.
Because of Sicily’s location in the mild Mediterranean Sea, temperatures stay between 15 and 23 ° C (60 to 75 ° F) even in November. You can spend your days on the water, exploring the island’s lush interiors, or lounging in the sunshine on one of Sicily’s many stunning beaches.
3December in Northern Croatia and Slovenia
If you prefer a spectacular snowy landscape, head to the northern regions of Croatia and Slovenia in December.
Not only is it one of the quietest times of the year to visit both nations, but it also gives you a chance to see key landmarks that are dusted with fresh powder. Visit fairytale castles on the outskirts of the Croatian capital or see the famous island of Lake Bled amid snow-capped mountains.
In addition, Northern Croatia was named the European Capital of Culture in 2020. Explore the region’s beautiful cultural heritage sites, enjoy the local wine scene, or indulge in delicious sweet treats at the famous Zagreb Christmas market: Zagreb Advent.
4thJanuary in Iceland
With fewer people traveling right now, January may be an excellent month to fly to Iceland and see the lovely Northern Lights. The start of the year is one of the best times to see this magical phenomenon thanks to limited hours of daylight and long, dark darkness.
From Reykjavik, you can travel to one of Iceland’s many hot springs for a comfortable view of the aurora borealis. You’ll find that the famous Blue Lagoon, just 40 minutes from the capital, offers plenty of space to distance yourself from others while you warm up in the geothermal waters on a cool January evening.
5February in Fiji
While February can fall into Fiji’s rainy season, western islands like Nadi and the Yasawa Islands are still blessed with plenty of sunshine and average daytime temperatures between 24 ° C and 31 ° C. This makes Fiji the ideal location for an off-season beach vacation, and it is very likely that you will have a sun-kissed bay all to yourself …
In Fiji it will likely rain a little in the afternoon. However, this is the perfect excuse to return to your hotel and enjoy tropical cocktails before the sun sets over the South Pacific.
6March in Byron Bay, Australia
If the beautiful coastlines of Byron Bay on the east coast of Australia have been on your travel basket list for some time, why not plan a visit in March.
The month is usually one of the rainiest in the region, but also one of the warmest. You can expect fewer people to visit this laid-back coastal enclave, but still enjoy wonderfully mild temperatures and up to seven hours of sunshine a day.
Byron Bay’s vast sandy beaches are usually not too crowded in March, and the sea temperature is usually a mild 26 ° C. This makes it ideal for a relaxing swim or exciting water sport adventures like surfing or kayaking.
Is it safe to travel now?
With the COVID-19 pandemic currently affecting every country in the world, you may be hesitant to book a vacation. Despite all the limitations, you can still enjoy a 2021 getaway if you choose your destination carefully and follow all of our coronavirus travel safety tips. This contains:
- Travel only if you and your travel companion are medically fit.
- Don’t go on vacation if you or someone you live with has recently had coronavirus symptoms.
- Take appropriate precautions during your trip, from always wearing a face mask to washing or disinfecting your hands regularly.
Should I travel internationally now?
It is still possible to vacation abroad, although many countries currently have strict regulations. You may need to quarantine or show a negative COVID-19 test on arrival.
Before booking a vacation, check out the U.S. Department of State’s interactive advisory map for the latest travel advice for any destination around the world. You should avoid traveling to high risk countries and be prepared to postpone or cancel your vacation if the situation changes. Booking with a trusted travel partner who offers flexibility and financial security is more important than ever.
If you long for a once in a lifetime trip, don’t despair just yet! There are plenty of wow factor destinations for a memorable vacation with minimal exposure.
Do you have another dream destination in mind? Contact our travel experts to find out when is the best time to travel for less crowds and more safety.