Save money by travelling off-season
One of the best ways to save money while planning your vacation is to travel during the off-season. Here we tell you about some of the best destinations to visit for a budget holiday.
Travelling during the off-season is a great way to get the best deals and offers on airfare and accommodation. According to Amit Agarwal, marketing manager at Hotels.com, as far as outbound travel from India is concerned, the months of February and March, as well as the monsoon months, are classified as lean travel periods. So, booking a flight ticket during this time can help you to save a lot of money! For even better savings, you should do a little research to find out about a destination’s off-season and if it clashes with India’s lean travel period, you can save money on travel as well as accommodation. Hotels.com gives us the names of some of the most popular lean travel period destinations. Take a look.
When to visit: June – September
Known for the shopping malls and awe-inspiring infrastructure, Dubai is a great destination to visit during an Indian monsoon, as that marks the start of the off-season in this emirate. If your ideal vacation is one filled with sinful delights, Dubai is the place to go.
When to visit: March – September
If you’ve always wanted to go to Bangkok then start planning your trip now and book tickets and hotels during the monsoon months, as this city is another destination whose off-season coincides with our monsoon lean travel period. However, if you can afford to extend your budget a little, remember that visiting now would expose you to true Thai culture. The months between March and May see the city celebrate Thai New Year, and you still won’t spend as much as you would during the more festive months at the end of the year.
When to visit: March – September
Singapore and India’s lean travel periods literally go hand-in-hand – the country’s off-season is on right now and also clashes with India’s monsoon months. That, along with the cheap public transport options, makes this the perfect destination for off-season travel.
When to visit: March and October
A great destination to visit right now, Bali sees its off-season during the months of March and October. If you’re a beach bum, this is the perfect spot to visit – it offers a wide range of beaches, which will leave you in a state of bliss. One of the best parts about visiting this Indonesian city is that Indians are eligible for visa on arrival!
When to visit: May – October
India’s monsoon months are the best time to visit Phuket, which anyway is one of the cheaper destinations in the world. The months between May and October see hotels and resorts get into a pricing war, which means that you can look forward to luxurious accommodations at half the price. However, if you truly want to experience this island, which offers some jaw-dropping natural scenery, right now would be a better time – you can get to experience sea diving as well as make most of the night-life.
When to visit: January – March
A global hub that offers a mix of culture, fashion, architecture, art, film and music, New York will not disappoint you. The city doesn’t really have an off-season, because of the high influx of tourists and those flying on business, but the first few months of the year, up to March, usually see relatively less traffic. The well-oiled public transport infrastructure and easy to navigate layout, coupled with traveller passes (they give you access to a certain number of attractions – depending on the denomination – all over the city), New York can, surprisingly, be an affordable city to explore, if you set your mind to it.