The long Labor Day weekend is over and for many it’s back to work and school, but not for everyone. While September and October are historically the slowest months of the year for leisure travel, for some particular groups it’s an ideal time to get away.
This is the time of year when families with dual incomes and young children, couples, and retirees often choose to travel because the crowds are smaller, the weather is cooler, and there are deals to be had as tour vendors and cruise lines are looking to fill seats and cabins.
In fact, you could find a better deal on a Caribbean cruise than a long weekend in Vermont, as the fall foliage season ramps up. All-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean are offering reduced rates and Disney is offering special promotions through September.
Speaking of cruises, it’s also prime time for unique departures. A number of cruise lines offer sailings from the Northeast to ports of call in northern New England and the Canadian Maritimes. And, if you have two weeks to spare, you might consider a transatlantic cruise. Fall is the time of year when many cruise lines are repositioning their ships from Europe, where they spent the summer to the Caribbean, where they will spend the winter.
There are however some things to consider when traveling this time of year. It is hurricane season and while it’s unlikely that a cruise will be cancelled, sailings can be delayed, ports of call can be changed, and you could end up spending an extra day at sea as your ship steers clear of a storm. The unpredictability of Mother Nature is just one reason why travelers should always consider trip cancellation/interruption insurance.
For additional information on all things travel, visit your local AAA office, go to aaa.com, or call 800-842-4320.