The Shoulder Season for travel is in April and May — the period before the busy summer travel season.Î¾ Jeanenne Tornatore is with Orbitz.
"Typically in the travel industry, that time between the winter season which is off-season for a lot of destinations, and before the crowds get there for summer.Î¾ So, in April and May, you can typically — even when the economy's great — this is the time of year when you find good deals.Î¾ So, given the slow economy, there are really fantastic deals out there if you have the vacation timing and take that last-minute trip."
Ed: "Are the deals usually last-minute?"
"If you can travel last-minute and you're a little bit flexible, you can find airfare deals for destinations where the airlines need to fill those seats in their flights and the hotels need to fill those rooms."Î¾
Certain destinations are known for great shoulder season travel...
"European destinations — places like London and Paris and Rome, where you can pay thousands of dollars for a week long trip.Î¾ In the first week in May, on Orbitz I found a package that includes your round-trip airfare plus six nights at a four-star hotel in the heart of London in a great neighborhood for $1,200 per person."
Ed: "Now, is there a companion Shoulder Season in the fall, also, like October-November?"
"There is, exactly, September, October, November — that is the companion season in the fall.Î¾ So, European destinations, (and) cruising also is a really great option during these two Shoulder Seasons."Î¾
The Shoulder Seasons usually offer better prices for airfare and hotels, smaller crowds and mild Spring weather, although it can mean a little heavier packing than when traveling with summer clothes for some destinations.