Home travel Why fall is a great time to travel
why fall is the best time to travel

Why fall is a great time to travel

by kasiawrites

And just like that, fall is upon us once again. The lazy days of summer are gone and it’s back to the grind. As students get ready for school, their parents breathe a sense of relief as they send them to the next grade. While summer is done, it doesn’t mean that vacation time is over as well. In fact, fall is a great time to travel and discover great destinations.

This post may contain affiliate links which means this website may earn a commission if you make a purchase through these links. More information in DISCLAIMER.

Why fall is a great time to travel 

While the northern hemisphere embraces the changing of the seasons, there are many reasons that fall is a great time to travel.

Less crowds

Let’s be honest, lining up to see anything during the summer can be exhausting. Crowds swarming everywhere, long lineups and battling people for a great spot once you finally get in. In the sea of selfie sticks, tablets and cameras, it’s hard to get a good shot or really appreciate the place you just spent hours waiting to see.

fall travel is good for you
Fall is a great time to travel

In the fall, the crowds are gone. You won’t have to sweat as you’re waiting in the massive lineup. Chances are there won’t be a lineup, or at least not a big one. Colosseum, Parthenon, the Louvre and other great attractions become a lot more attainable. Plus, you won’t have to share them with so many others.

Overtourism has become a rising issue for many places. This means that some countries take measures to battle it, making your experience not a great one. While you might have to wait longer or get your tickets ahead of time during high season, that won’t be much of a problem off-season. This reason alone is why fall is a great time to travel. 

Better deals

While you pay through your nose for everything from accommodations to flights during summer, travel in the fall means lower prices. It’s actually quite incredible how much prices differ once you hit fall. Airlines usually drop extensive discounts to encourage people to travel as the high season is over.

a woman sitting on a bench in a park with leaves falling
fall is a great time to travel and get better deals

Accommodations also become more affordable and you won’t have to battle everyone else for space. Usually, there is quite a difference in travelling in the fall than what you find in the summer. This is especially true for popular summer destinations. Another win for why fall is a great time to travel. 

Moderate temperatures

There is definitely something beautiful about fall weather. The scorching temperatures of the summer are cooling off, making exploring so much more fun. If you’ve ever found yourself in the scorching heat of the summer, you know that it can make a trip a tad uncomfortable. It especially sucks when you’ve travelled somewhere far to see that particular destination.

tram on a street with leaves falling
fall is a great time to travel and avoid the crowds

This is why fall is a great time to travel. Temperatures become more moderate, making exploring fun and exciting. From walking the streets to hiking in the outdoors, it is definitely better in the fall. Crisp air and stunning colours make any outdoor activity way more enjoyable.

You can also find some deals as stores get rid of their inventory, making space for the next season. After all, shopping can be a great activity in the fall too, especially if you can score some impressive deals.

Fall travel activities

While there is no shortage of things to see and do in the fall, there are a few things that make this season so special.

Watching the leaves change colours

One of my favourite things about fall is the changing landscape. We have done some epic road trips through Pennsylvania and eastern Canada during the fall. It’s amazing how colourful and vibrant the world around us can be.

Auto Europe Car Rentals

The rolling hills and forests of Europe also provide a spectacular pallet for even the most discerning visitors. Imagine yourself strolling the streets and parks of Paris with a scarf wrapped artfully around your neck as you marvel at the beauty all around you.

Museums make for great adventures while visiting any city. If you like museums, you might enjoy reading about Amsterdam, the British Museum, the Louvre or the ROM!

Chasing summer

If you’re not ready to give up on summer quite yet, the good news is that the southern hemisphere is entering the spring season. Grab a deal on a flight and chase the summer on a different continent. South America, Australia or Africa are calling your name right this very moment.

Why fall is a great time to travel | kasiawrites
fall is a great time to travel and get better deals

The Caribbean is also a great destination for those wanting to extend the summer feel. All-inclusive packages and cruises come with great prices for those wanting to explore. While the deals can be great, your experience will be as well. Remember, this is the off-season and the crowds won’t be as bad.

Road trips

For some reason, to me, fall always means road tripping. There is something quite special about getting into your car and taking a drive. Imagine rolling down your windows and breathing in that crisp, fall air as you cruise down the road. Cue your favourite tunes and you’re set to go.

ice covered mountain in Iceland
Iceland is a great destination all year round

A few years ago, we made a seven-day road trip around Iceland in the fall. It left us breathless and in awe of the beauty around us. While the scenery was incredible, so was the lack of crowds.

Auto Europe Car Rentals

Organized tours

If the end of summer leaves you without travelling companions, fall is a great time to travel with a tour group. You don’t have to go at it alone and you’re likely to make some new friends. The deals are also better and you get a chance to check out some spectacular destinations.

Things to keep in mind

There are many awesome reasons why fall is a great time to travel. However, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Limited hours

While many tourist attractions tend to have extended hours during high season, many reduce operations off-season. Don’t be surprised to find limited admission times and be prepared to find some of them closed for the season. If you know ahead of time where you’ll be travelling, check ahead to avoid disappointments.

Why fall is a great time to travel | kasiawrites
Parks can be a great place to visit during the fall

Like gardens and parks, certain attractions might not have the same appeal in the fall as they do in the summer. Don’t be surprised by the change in the scenery when you arrive. It might actually be better than you think!

Less frequent service

Just as attractions reduce hours of operation, so do the transportation companies. Certain routes for services like ferries, busses and trains shut down for the season. You might not be able to get everywhere you want to, but there are so many choices of places to go to that you won’t even notice it.

Some airlines also set flight schedules seasonally, depending on the destination and time of the year. It’s definitely worthwhile to check ahead of expected travel to ensure you actually can get a flight there and back.

Limited lodging options

Many places that operate seasonally will also cut their availability. Places in beach resort towns, cabins, summer destinations and even campsites might be closed for the season once fall comes around.

TripAdvisor

This is less common for larger hotels; however, fall is also a conference season and a very lucrative time for hotels. You might find fewer choices for places to stay once you get out of the high season. While I imagine most private operators on Airbnb and similar platforms will still have availability, there might be fewer of them.

Final thoughts on why fall is a great time to travel 

In the past, we have loved travelling in the fall. We got better deals, avoided the crowds and got time off from work while all the people with kids returned once September hit. It is much easier to travel in the fall if you don’t have school-aged children. For us, it was great.

As we now have more flexibility, we can travel at various times of the year. However, fall remains one of our favourite times to travel.

You may also like

    runningtotravel
    6 Sep 2018
    9:29am

    Once again, great post! I agree with you completely!

      kasiawrites
      6 Sep 2018
      9:36am

      Comes from being a fellow traveler 😉

    Anjali Chawla
    15 Sep 2018
    6:58am

    [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “trash”. Reason: Failed GASP Bot Filter Test (checkbox) *]
    Lovely post, Kasia 🙂 Fall is a great and beautiful time to travel. The colors of fall make it extra special.

      kasiawrites
      15 Sep 2018
      7:30am

      Thank you! I agree, fall is a beautiful and a great time to travel 🙂

    Shuana Yap
    20 Aug 2019
    8:05am

    Completely agree! I had being all sweaty when I travel during summer and I’ll just end up being cranky. Plus, I don’t take nice pictures when I’m all sweaty haha. And fall definitely has beautiful colors too <3

      kasiawrites
      20 Aug 2019
      10:59am

      Oh yes! There is that too. I’m not a huge fan of heat either so fall is always a better choice for me.

    rachelmarcelle1
    20 Aug 2019
    11:13am

    Very true points in this article. Plus, I love the pics of Europe, too – it looks like a wonderful place! Can’t wait to visit one day but it’d have to be in the very early fall or it may be too cold for this Florida girl, 😀

      kasiawrites
      21 Aug 2019
      1:19pm

      I hear ya! Although I love to travel in any season 🙂

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More

error: Content is protected !!
%d bloggers like this: