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What is the cheapest month to travel?

Travel Forums General Talk What is the cheapest month to travel?

1. Posted by zachary (Respected Member 471 posts) 11y

So what time of year is supposed to be the cheapest time to travel? and if there is a reason for it that you know of please let me know why too

thanks in advance.

2. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

It really depends where you're going. Most places have a "high season" when things are more expensive. It usually has a lot to do with weather. Also in North America and Europe it's expensive in Summer because that's when children are not in school so parents take their vacations so that makes Summertime an expensive time to travel.

I don't really mind cold weather so I'll usually travel to an area when it's cold there and the prices are a lot cheaper. Like I went to Tibet in Feb., Bhutan in Jan., and Patagonia in July, etc.. Lots of times the weather is not nearly as bad as the guide books and travel brochures make it seem. The only think I van't really deal with is Rain and Extreme Heat.

The other advantage of going in "off season" when maybe the weather is not as good is that you have far less crowds or tourists. In some places that can make for a nicer, more authentic experience.

3. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

for me the biggest expense is a flight (I can live on $10/day) - January (or even end of December) is the best for cheap fares.

However don't look for the official published airline prices - see your local sunday papers travel sections adverts for the best prices (you have to be ready to depart at short notice).

4. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting MASSAGEUK

However don't look for the official published airline prices - see your local sunday papers travel sections adverts for the best prices (you have to be ready to depart at short notice).

So do you find the best deals are on "last minute" fares?

5. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

they advertise low fares to get peoples interest and call them - however it's only a few seat at that price. (like xmas & new year sale or budget airlines policies)

not everybody is ready to depart with a short notice (take days off work, arrange visas etc) - you got a better chance for a lower fare if you are flexible

6. Posted by zachary (Respected Member 471 posts) 11y

Quoting Travel100

Quoting MASSAGEUK

However don't look for the official published airline prices - see your local sunday papers travel sections adverts for the best prices (you have to be ready to depart at short notice).

So do you find the best deals are on "last minute" fares?

yea my biggest expense is normally airline prices too, and sometimes it is hotel, but hostels are fine with me so i can be cheap too

and thanks for your info massageuk & jeffrey :)