One of the most frequently asked travel questions is related to the best timing to visit various destinations around the world. Tt’s an important factor when choosing either to avoid crowds and save money or to get the best weather. It obviously varies greatly for each country, so here’s a really useful map.
There are 193 countries in the world, all of which have amazing things to showcase. But with that variety comes vastly different climates… and different high / low seasons. So if these details matter to you, keep that in mind when you are checking out the amazing prices we feature on our curated cheap flight deals page.
By the way, our deals are often for the high season: there are deals year-round. That said, the worst time to travel, airfare-wise, is in July and August, since everyone is on vacation at the same time (don’t miss our upcoming article with tips to save money for summer travel) and during the Christmas holidays, for obvious reasons.
Personally, I always avoid travelling in July because I absolutely hate huge crowds of tourists. And I prefer to travel more often, so I am always trying to save money when traveling. During high season, you could be paying up to twice as much for accommodation and plenty of other things, including of course plane tickets. Others prefer to go to Europe in July because the weather is better, even if everything ends up costing twice as much. Like pretty much everything in the world of travel, it all depends on your personal preferences, there are so many variables.
The one thing that is for sure is that it’s very easy to find out when is the high season for a specific destination you have in mind. This revolutionary tool will help you find out: Google. As is the case for literally any information you are looking for in the world of travel, you can be sure Google knows the answer, no need to look elsewhere (although we do deep-dive and give you great pro tips here on our blog, and will continue to do so).
But if you haven’t decided on a destination yet or just want a very useful overview, this map is awesome: it shows you the high / low / shoulder seasons for every country in the world, in the blink of an eye.
Since our last map about the literal meaning of every country’s name was a big hit, we will be sharing more of these useful and informative maps (and we publish multiple blog posts every week, so subscribe to our free newsletter to get all our tips -and our flight deals- in your inbox).
Here is the map of the tourism seasons around the world (it is a month-by-month animation):
In red is the high season, in teal is the low season and in yellow is the shoulder season. The map, created by European travel agency LastMinute.com is a great way to quickly get an idea of the high and low seasons around the globe. Shoulder seasons are also often a great compromise for travelers…
Of course, this map is very approximative. Once you have a few specific destinations targeted (it’s always best to have a few options to increase your chances of finding a deal on flights), then you can Google it and research the specifics for each destination.
In some cases, it might not be considered high season for tourists, but the weather can be just as beautiful. Some countries have a very similar climate year-round, but quieter months on the tourism side. Or as one of our guest-bloggers mentioned in her story about a trip during the rainy season, it doesn’t necessarily rain all the time and the trip can be just as memorable. Another example is my trip to Peru last August, of course it wasn’t as hot as if I had gone during their summer, but my flight cost me $390 roundtrip and with the money saved I was able to visit 18 countries last year.
Shoulder seasons often offer the best of both worlds (but again, it depends on the country, just like everything else in the world of travel). It can be just as nice weather-wise, without the hordes of buses full of tourists. For example, we shared recently the best time of summer to travel if you want to save money and it happens to be just after the peak season… and the weather is almost always as beautiful (I’ve been choosing those specific weeks for my summer vacations every year for the past 5-6 years now),
Remember that all the money you save by going somewhere outside of the high season will allow you to pay for an extra trip. I’ve never been to Europe in summer for example (and I’m going back in June, not in July), but I’ve been 4 times in the past year and a half because I saved so much money… I prefer that 100% of the time.
Two trips with slightly less enjoyable weather will always be better than just one trip with better weather in my opinion. Especially given that even high season can never guarantee perfect weather. And in fact, even ignoring the weather, the simple fact of avoiding crowds in high season is even more interesting to me. What do you think?
A very useful map to share with your travel buddies.
Have you traveled during the low season? Tell us about it in the comments below!
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