There are many advantages to go on vacation off – season, and we often do. If you do a bit of research on the regional climate before you go, you might have a quiet, beautiful and less stressful visit than during the tourist season. If you are like me – one who doesn’t need to lie on the beach, but prefer quiet walks in beautiful and interesting surroundings – this is a good way to go. And of course, the price-tag is more favourable. Naturally, it is also easier if you are retired, and don’t have to rely on special vacation weeks.
Three weeks before Christmas, we went to the Balkans – and had a great week in one of the otherwise most tourist swarmed places in Europe. We were lucky with the weather, and enjoyed our trip immensely. Good food and many historic places – and peacefulness.
Taking a boat trip is almost always a good thing, to get special views of the city or country you are visiting. In the off – season there are always free seats…
No elbows on deck and no lost photos – or cameras…You feel like you are the only person there. And the boat was even made just for you…to relax and enjoy your stay.
This little islet, Sveti Stefan, is a world famous place – a place for movie stars and celebrities, all nationalities. Many famous people stay at this 5-star hotel resort for a while, to enjoy the company of other stars and the exclusiveness of living away from Hollywood or wherever you belong. It is situated on the Adriatic coast of Montenegro.
Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, Ingemar Stenmark, and Kirk Douglas are some of the well known people who have visited the islet. As you can see, the windows are closed, and there is nobody there this time of the year.
So, if you love solitude more than elbowing, don’t need hot beaches and want a neat price tag, you might give it a try!
Off – season is the way to go – at least for me.
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How lovely … no crowds! Wonderful images .. and a cat! 🙂
Julie, you are always positive – and I do love ”no crowds”! And cats of course..
I agree with you and follow suit. We recently went on a trip to Canada at the end of October. We expected it to Snow and were prepared for that, but the weather was lovely. Same thing happened in Ireland. Sometimes off season isn’t really off.
Sounds great! We’ve been lucky!
Good idea! October is my favorite month to travel, though that is on the cusp of hi season. Better then the middle of summer :-). Great images!!
Thanks Pam – so happy you like them!
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Looks like a beautiful place!!
I’m all for visiting when there are few other people about. 🙂 That island/ilet is beautiful as are all the shots.
Such a lovely place. Like you I prefer places like this during quiet periods
I prefer most places during quiet periods. 😉
Mmm – there is a very great difference if you can!
I think many of us do! And finally, having retired from my work, I can go whenever I want. Many advantages!
Thank you, Janet! I think many of us agree!
I’m all for off-season!
Such gorgeous images, Ann Christine.You really caught the cat at the right moment. 🙂 I agree that it’s always preferable to avoid the hoards if possible.
You are very kind, Sylvia – and i did catch that cat…
You are absolutely right about off-season travel. Your images are lovely. 😊
Thank you, Irene!
Lovely. Even I have rarely visited Croatia off-season. Good to see some peace. And ”sobe” is a word I know. 🙂 (The same in Slovenian = rooms)
Yes, getting away when there is no one else is wonderful. It’s near the end of the tourist season here thank goodness. I can have our favourite spots to ourselves again
Off season in a different hemisphere than yours can allow one to travel more comfortably in one’s own travel season as well as the other way around.
off season for me too . . . just hate it when there are crowds
I like off-season travel too.
It’s rather addicting, isn’t it? It is like when autumn arrives and releases you from the stressful summer vacation. At least summer can be very stressful in Sweden, because so many things/adventures are to be squeezed into so short a time.
Don’t forget I enjoy 300 days of sunshine a year here in the south of France.
Wow…not at all envious…