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Fall is in full swing and kids are back to school. As the weather cools down, why are we talking about traveling?


The fall and winter travel season is beckoning, and there are endless possibilities for the next trip you want to take without the exorbitant prices and congested airports of summer travel. Especially those who have smaller children, off peak travel is perfect!

There are numerous benefits to traveling off-peak, but if you have never ventured out on a trip beyond the summer months, it is important to do your research and ensure you are choosing the right destination at the right time.


Traveling during off-peak season and booking your trip well in advance can mean paying less for flights, hotels, and the opportunity to skip the crowds.


Knowing where to shop, eat, the neighborhoods to stay in or visit, which days you’ll pay discounted fees for museums or parks, and how to get to your destination are just some of the few skills of a seasoned budget traveler. It may seem like a lot of work, researching your destination before getting there can help you set your budget right. You can take advantage of the numerous online resources like TripAdvisor to get a lot of information about saving money at your destination. Also, you will notice that resorts and various attractions are extremely discounted this time of year.


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If you plan to fly, check alternate airports. Most of the major cities abroad are typically served by alternate airports which are, in most cases, home to several low-cost airlines. If your destination is a location on the outskirts of a major city, you should consider flying to an outlying airport which could even get you nearer to your destination at a lower price.

Also, if you plan on visiting a location that is not popular during off-peak times, ensure you are aware of the climate for that time of year. Take into consideration the area that you are visiting and consider what times of year is the best time to visit.


Create memories with your family, save money and be less stressed about your next trip.


Have you traveled during off-peak season, where did you go? Share with us in the comments below.


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About the blogger: Angela Caban is an Army National Guard spouse, published author and branding expert. In 2010, she founded the Homefront United Network, a military spouse and family support blog created to assist spouses who do not live near an installation, but also focusing on bridging the gap between National Guard, Reserve and Active Duty spouses. She has an extensive background in Human Resources and Communications, with her Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Human Resources. Angela resides in the beautiful Garden State of New Jersey with her husband and two children.