Budget-smart travelers make the most of their vacation by snagging hotel deals in places like Hawaii or Italy by traveling in the off-season. Off-season travel adds the bonus of an abundance of cheap public entertainment to make your vacation budget go even further.
Here are some of the inexpensive cultural events that take place in the off-season, pair them with hotel deals and you’ll have the perfect vacation!
Hawaii’s Festivals of Aloha: Maui is a great place to visit any time, but some of the best hotel deals are available in the fall, when room rates go down and crowds thin out. Fall is also when Hawaii celebrates its Festivals of Aloha, a series of parades, musical performances and dancing, much of which is free and open to the public. As the premier cultural showcase, it’s the perfect way to celebrate the music, dance and history of our 50th state.
Carnevale in Italy: Carnevale celebrations take place all over the country in February, which also happens to be the least crowded month for tourists. The most famous Carnevale is that of Venice, where it runs from two weeks before Ash Wednesday until Shrove Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday, known as Mardi Gras in the U.S.
Beaujolais in a Paris Bistro: Paris is often rainy and chilly in November, so hotel owners lower their rates to lure visitors. Smart travelers know that November hosts plenty of public events, such as the Festival de l’Automne (the Autumn Festival), a series of exhibits and performances throughout the month, and the Anvers to Abbesses in Montmartre, when scores of artists throw open the doors of their studios to wandering visitors. On the third Thursday in November, the French celebrate the release of the year’s Beaujolais Nouveau with festivals around the country. It all adds up to a delightful vacation in the off season.
There are other ways to stretch your vacation dollars and enjoy local flavors by going where the locals go by riding the subway or bus and visiting the lesser-known museums, historic sites and parks. These attractions are often cheaper and less crowded that the big-name destinations, but they are just as much fun.
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