If you have ever stood in line for hours under the blistering August sun in order to enter the St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican (in Rome, Italy), or in the darkness in the freezing cold of January in Lapland, you have surely sworn that next time you do your research before booking a trip. High and low seasons in travel industry make a big difference how travelers experience destinations and how they spend their travel budgets. Here is a handy map that shows the travel seasons across the world.
Blue – Low season
Brown – Shoulder season
Red – High season
Click the map if it doesn’t automatically show the animation.
In popular destinations, low season means smaller crowds, lower accommodation prices, lower car hire prices, and sometimes also lower restaurant prices. It is easy to choose were to stay, where to eat and which key sights to visit because there is room for everyone.
Shoulder season is probably the most recommended time to travel if you read travel guidebooks authored by professional travel writers. It is my favorite season as well. Local people have returned to work because their vacations have ended. Sure, travelers are exploring popular destinations, but because it is not the primary vacation time, prices are reasonable, as well as the crowds.
Many people get their vacation in July or August (they may not have a choice), or like to travel during the Easter. There are plenty of travelers, for instance, in Europe during those periods.
The heatmap of travel seasons by Lastminute.com.