Each year, the majority of holidays in the UK and Wales are taken during the school holidays, which can vary from year to year. The summer breaks are expected to be the warmest weeks of the year but the English weather can be unpredictable, and with the news of an Indian summer to look forward to during autumn, the off-season staycation got that much more appealing! There are a range of benefits gained from deciding to take your holiday during the off-peak seasons, and if the expected warmer weather isn’t enough to tempt you, some of the following points might:
Travelling and taking a holiday can be indulgent and expensive, but we all need to treat ourselves from time to time, and what better way than getting out of your routine and exploring somewhere new? One of the best ways to save the pennies in your holiday budget is to select an off-peak date. Off-season runs from November to March, and from April to June, although it is likely you will get a reduced price for any dates that the children are back in school. Out of season usually means the price of accommodation is reduced. It is simple supply and demand, as there are more people wanting a holiday during the school holidays, the prices go up, and as soon as the kids are back to school, demand decreases, along with the price.
The school holidays can mean there is an influx of people, all wanting to experience similar attractions to you. With young children, grandparents, uncles and aunties and even the neighbour, places can often be crowded. By waiting for your relaxing break and booking it during the off-season period, you can enjoy the attractions when the spots are much quieter. It isn’t just theme parks and shopping centres this applies to, naturally beautiful places, restaurants and public transport will all see a reduced volume of people.
Warmer Weather… Sometimes
As we’ve mentioned, the anticipated warmer weather that is claimed to be gracing the UK in October is promising the perfect ingredient for an off-season holiday. Be sure to leave your flip flops to hand, so you don’t have to dig around for them at the back of the cupboard when we have some last-minute sun.
In some cases, last minute getaways can be a little easier to arrange. The time spent organising can be drastically reduced when you don’t have as much time to worry about what you want to take or what you want to do while you are away. The limited time between booking and arriving can make your holiday a little easier to arrange.
If you’re choosing to holiday off-season, the reservation and booking of places doesn’t always need to be completed so far in advance as it’s more likely there will be availability when compared to peak-season booking.
Events and Activities
Most attractions stay open all year around, and if not, they are usually open until late October, so you won’t be missing out on all the fun just because you aren’t going during the main holiday season. You’ll also get to enjoy the places while they are much quieter, as previously mentioned.
Festivals and events aren’t strictly for summer, although they do tend to happen more frequently during the warmer months. There is still the chance to attend some of the less publicised and more intimate events during the off-season, as villages and towns come together frequently throughout the year, inviting visitors to enjoy the show and activities on offer.
Have you had the opportunity to enjoy an off-season holiday and how did it match to your peak-season break? Let us know on our social media channels. And, just remember, our Wales caravans for sale offer the perfect base for your exploration of the beautiful country of Wales, whatever the season!