Seasoned travelers often try to time their Europe travel plans around off-peak travel periods and they have some very good reasons for doing so. On the other hand, it's also important to remember that destinations have slow periods for a reason: unfavorable weather (which usually means more clothes and heavier baggage), some attractions may be unavailable or under construction and it starts getting dark pretty early... However, while low-season travel has its risks, you might find the benefits outweigh them.
Sightseeing = to be able to see the sights
Traveling during the low season means that you'll be able to explore famous historical landmarks and points of interest much more intimately without being distracted by the usual tourist crowd. You don't have to fight with people to see the sights, nor wait 2 hours in line to get into a museum.
TIP: Before heading off to a tourist spot, check their website to confirm the attraction is open.
Low season, low cost
Sure, low price & last minute deals are a huge advantage of travelling in the low-season. Airlines and hotels offer deep discounts to fill seats and rooms during their quiet periods. Since prices are lower, it's also quite easy to find an affordable hotel in the city centre or finally head to your dream destination that you might not be able to afford in the peak season. With fewer guests, you can also expect friendlier and more attentive service at hotels, restaurants or stores.
TIP: When booking flights and hotels online, enable private browsing. Travel sites often track your visits and will raise the price simply because you've visited before.
Meet the locals
By traveling off-season, you have the opportunity to mingle with the locals in their daily activities and it's much easier to strike up conversations with the people you come across. You could expect better service from hotel staff, bar keepers and guides, who aren't as harried as they are during the high season. They take more time to reveal their city and share their local insights.
Experience the local cuisine
In off season Europe you can experience the local cuisines you've heard about and read about at their culinary best. Especially Czech cuisine have the reputation of being heavy, which is great during winter. On top of that – you can't get mulled wine in the summer.
Slow down, immerse yourself in the local culture and avoid the fast pace of rushing from one guidebook "must-see" to the next. Instead, go in a cozy cafe with a good book or watch the people on the streets.
TIP: On particularly blustery days, visit a museum and save the outdoor sights for a nicer day.
Come to an event
Winter in Europe is the cultural season, with exciting seasonal and regional events everywhere you go. And if not, you can always go skiing to the mountains.
TIP: For more detailed stuff about Prague events in 2016 stay connected with us! Blog posts with events roundup for next month are published regularly on the last Thursday of every month. Or join us on Facebook and Twitter, where we publish weekend events for Prague every Friday!
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