A friend of mine recently posted a photo of herself lounging by a fire with a bourbon in hand. I have to admit I was a little jealous. I wish I was there with her. Needing the warmth of the fire to stave off the autumn chill. Although I may have had a sad face for a second I quickly remembered off-season travel is here and I could easily book a weekend jaunt to somewhere where I can indulge myself in enjoying a bourbon by the fire too!
It’s that time of year when farmers markets reign and Autumn fests spring up almost every weekend. There doesn’t seem to be a shortage of activities to do. Fall is the perfect time to go for a hike with friends or plan a getaway. In travel terms it is one of the least expensive times to travel with the most favorable weather! Most of my past travels have been in the off-season. Great deals and fewer crowds. It’s a win, win!
Don’t be fearful of off-season travel. You get to experience so much more than you would in the nicer seasons because people want things to celebrate when the weather turns not so favorable. A chill in the air brings with it Harvest festivals, Holiday markets and revivals of old traditions. The first week of November itself is full of event to tick off your bucket list, and there is something for everyone. I’ve listed some of the celebrations that are on my wish list.
For those of you looking for culture, El Dia De Muertos or Day of the Dead, celebrated all over Mexico on November 1st, is their way of commemorating those loved ones who they have lost.
For those of you who love fireworks, Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes Night is celebrated all over England on November 5th. Fawkes was a catholic who conspired to kill King James I but was captured and burned at the stake. Since that night every November 5th England celebrates the foiled plot by setting bonfires, burning an effigy of the man and setting off Fireworks. Quite the celebration.
For those of you who love being active or love to spectate the New York City Marathon takes place on the first Saturday in November. I used to live in New York and my friends and I had fun going to watch the ending in Central Park while sipping on hot toddies.
Love Jazz? Berlin JazzFest is a festival over several venues that brings in professional musicians from around the world. The bonus? You’re in Berlin, one of the coolest cities in all of Europe.
Use the off-season to experience something you haven’t experienced before. Take a trip around a festival or just check out that local Farmer’s market you’ve been meaning to checkout. Whatever it is take advantage of the off season.
Until next week,
Life is short. Travel now!