After a busy summer of travel, many people may want to embrace a more low-key vibe this winter. Seeking out popular destinations off-season is a great way to ensure fewer crowds, lower prices and better access to attractions and restaurants. Off-season travel, which involves visiting a well-trodden place when there is less tourist activity, typically because of weather, is a good strategy for enjoying bucket list spots in a more affordable, less stressful way. For many destinations, including Europe, the off-season period kicks off in September and runs through the December holidays. According to Hopper, travelers can save as much as 30 percent off peak summer flight prices just by traveling in September or later.
While there are plenty of places to enjoy during the off-season, travelers tend to benefit most from destinations that are busier during the spring and summer, like Japan or Mexico, or places that draw people to beachside resorts. Here are some of the best off-season places to travel this winter.