It’s almost spooky season, ya’ll!
The leaves are changing colors, people are planning their Halloween, and it’s the best time for a fall getaway. Here are five reasons why fall is the best time to travel.
While most people earmark summer as the season for travel, everyone else usually has the same idea.
The result? Crowded beaches, long lines for attractions, and high season airfare.
If you’d rather avoid all of that and swap it out for major discounts, fewer people, and incredible scenery, fall is the season for you!
Here’s why you should plan a fall getaway asap and some of the top fall destinations in the USA to ignite your wanderlust.
Why You Should Plan a Fall Getaway
It’s Cheaper and Less Crowded
One of the biggest reasons to travel in the fall is the price. When the leaves start turning orange, the summer crowds go back home, and you can scoop up incredible deals on airfare, hotel packages, and activities.
And another advantage? The lack of crowds.
Say goodbye to waiting in long lines and missing out on your first choice hotel. After Labour Day weekend, the most popular destinations in the US clear out, and you won’t have to elbow people to get a good spot on Miami’s beaches.
“What about international travel!?” you yell.
I’m happy to tell you that the pros of traveling in the fall extend to trips abroad as well.
Case in point: Karisma’s Effortless Escapes.
If you book over fall, you can score a whooping up to 63% off their daily rates! This incredible deal applies to their properties in Cancun and Tulum.
Alternatively, you could explore all the places if you got to pursue studies in the United States. In case you intend to study abroad, you may need to prepare for exams such as the TOEFL, which is a standardized test used to assess the English language ability of non-native speakers who wish to enroll in English-speaking universities. More than 11,000 universities and other institutions in over 190 countries and territories accept the test.
That way, you may be able to easily obtain scholarships to study and stay abroad. Though you might need to enroll yourself in online lessons to learn a foreign language, such as English courses for international students, you will have the advantage of exploring a foreign country without spending a lot of money, unlike a vacation. Acquiring English language skills may even help you pass entrance exams for universities in other countries as well.
Revenge Travel is Real Y’all
After almost two years of lockdowns and restrictions, life is slowly going back to normal. Vaccination rates are up in the United States, and travelers are on the move to make up for the lost time.
With the excellent fall travel deals making the rounds, it’s the perfect season to finally dust off those 2020 travel plans and get back on track with your bucket list. You could probably check for the Weirdest Holidays around the world and plan your vacation accordingly.
You Most Likely Have Unused Vacation
While the global pandemic kept us inside (but working remotely), almost all of us didn’t get our usual annual leave.
There are more Americans than ever before with unused PTO.
So if the watercooler talk at the office is starting to get to you, visit HR and see how much PTO you actually have. You might be surprised at the number of days you can use to turn your fall getaway into a well-deserved longer stay.
The Weather is *chef kiss* Perfect for Outdoor Activities
With the climate cooling down, fall is the best time for exploring the Great Outdoors. The temperatures are mild, which is ideal for tackling hiking trails or hitting the pavements in New York City.
You can also take out your ATVs from the garage and go camping in the woods for a weekend. It could be a fun getaway with family or friends. Though you may have to bring ATV covers with you to keep it safe from wear and tear if you end up in a storm or rain during camping.
Moreover, going out in fall means you won’t need sweat buckets, and you don’t need to bundle up like a snowman, either. It’s a win-win!
The Best Fall Destinations in the US
Chasing the fall foliage? It doesn’t get better than Vermont! In Stowe, you’ll find vibrant maple trees lining the byways turning the town into the ultimate leaf-peeping destination! While you’re there, stop and visit the several historic apple orchards scattered across the state.
This fall, for something different (that won’t disappoint), plan a road trip to Moab, Utah. Moab is famous for its Mars-like landscape, and it’s the perfect place for adventurous travelers. Spend your fall getaway hiking, rock climbing, or mountain biking through the national parks.
Want to get in the mood for spooky season? Salem is the place to go for a little bit of Halloween hijinks. Time your fall vacation with spooktastic activities like ghost tours, haunted houses, and costume balls. If you’re a fan of the movie Hocus Pocus, you can visit some of the filming locations!
Calling all hungry foodies? Put your PTO where your stomach is and head to Portland, Maine, this fall. Visit Harvest on the Harbor and gorge your heart out at this food-themed festival. You’ll find everything from ciders, spirits, beers, and local foods, giving you plenty of opportunities to sip and nibble your way through Portland’s food scene. When you’re done, follow up the festival with the Acadia Byway to see some of the state’s stunning fall foliage.
Apple Hill, California
If you’re traveling with kids this fall, take the whole family to Apple Hill in California. The Gold Country is magical during the change of seasons, and the apples are the main attraction. While the adults can taste apple cider and more, the kids can run around the pumpkin patches and explore the craft fairs.
What’s your favorite season for travel? Fall, winter, spring, or summer? Let me know in the comments!