Shoulder Season Travel

Week 40 of the Indie Travel Challenge asks if you like to travel during the shoulder season, and if so, where?

‘Shoulder season’, for those who don’t know, refers to the time between high and low season. Generally that means spring and fall, though of course it varies depending on your destination.

To answer I say yes, of course I like traveling in the shoulder season. Spring and fall are my favorite seasons – probably fall is best for me. I like to go to destinations when the weather is perfect and often it’s the best during shoulder season.

Of course, I don’t always get the chance to pick the ideal time to go – maybe I can only get vacation in the winter or summer. When I can, though, I choose the time when the weather will be the best. While bad weather doesn’t deter me necessarily, it can make a travel experience much less enjoyable.

We have been really lucky (or perhaps just scheduled wisely) in the weather on our trip. We’ve had barely any rain yet. It has been consistently cooling off in each destination we go to, but then we move south where it’s warmer anyway. Here in Hong Kong this week it’s been 25-30 degrees Celsius. However, it’s not really shoulder season as it is right around the mid-autumn festival. Accommodation has been extra expensive (and HK is not a place with great budget lodging in the first place).

Still, we have managed to make a good start of traveling in fall when it’s pretty nice out. No pretty leaves yet, though. We have seen some nice fall weather in the past though; here are a couple of pictures.


Leaves in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.


Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul, South Korea.


Changdeokgung Palace’s Secret Garden, Seoul, South Korea.

Do you like traveling in shoulder season?

2 thoughts on “Shoulder Season Travel

  1. Melissa @ Suitcase and Heels

    So many good reasons for travelling during the shoulder season. I generally don’t have to compete with co-workers for time off since they tend to take theirs in the middle of the summer. There are fewer tourists around at my destination and sometimes things like hotels are cheaper. Some things do close at the end of the high season though so that’s something to be aware of, but usually I find that I just end up with a smaller group which is great.

    In the past couple years I’ve taken two big trips each year and they’ve been in the spring and the fall. Works out great.
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