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.
Do you like traveling in shoulder season?