Benefits of Shoulder Season

The demand for travel has skyrocketed in the last 6 months. After 2 years of most of the world being shut down, people are ready to explore! And many have decided that their bucket list trips can’t wait any longer. Those dreams of 4-6 week holidays are being realized.

For places like Australia and New Zealand, November to February (which are considered their summer months) are a wildly popular time to travel. Hotels and touring companies are absolutely at capacity for those months. For that reason, we want to tell you why shoulder season is a better time to travel.

Shoulder season is a cheeky term we use in the travel industry to describe the off-peak times to travel. In the southern hemisphere, those times are March/April/early May and September/October.

Here are some benefits to traveling during those times:

  • You can expect to pay lower prices for hotels and flights.
  • Weather is still generally very good. Places like Australia, New Zealand and South Africa don’t get the huge fluctuations of temperatures like we do in the US.
  • Places will be less crowded and reservations are easier to find.
  • You won’t encounter off-season closures in many places.

Start planning now for your trip in shoulder season in 2023, it’s never too early to plan a dream vacation.