This month's travel tip for you: remember to ask about the region and things like the weather, attractions, and events you may find.
|Bundled up and playing in the surf, Santa Cruz, CA by DW|
Some travelers take advantage of off season travel with less crowds and lower prices. Be flexible during the off season as there may not be the same opportunities. When I wrote about my three favorite trips during the off season in 2010 – I included some of challenges I encountered.
An example is the fabulous idea of visiting Victoria, Canada in December. I found really low hotel room rates at The Fairmont Empress Hotel by going before the holidays in December. One of my friends mentioned the idea of flying a seaplane from Seattle to Victoria. It is a fun thing to do - in clear weather!
I searched and found a reliable company providing this service and made reservations. After arriving at Sea-Tac Airport I had to transfer from Sea-Tac Airport to where they took off in downtown Seattle. I quickly discovered because of the dense visibility (fog and rain) there was a chance the seaplanes might not depart. Oh no, now what? We even boarded the plane and took off, only to return ten minutes later. I changed my plans and took a ferry the next day. I enjoyed the rest of the trip with an English Tea at The Empress, winter holiday lights at Buchart Gardens, museums, and shopping in downtown Victoria.
I admit you may think this is probably common sense – it is very easy to forget to do a quick search of the region you are visiting as you get caught up in making other travel plans. This is when a travel consultant will help guide you with recommendations.
|Yes, there are dog friendly beaches in Santa Cruz CA by DW|
Please don’t tell anyone that one of my favorite unusual off season trips is through northern California in the winter – if you come, do bring a raincoat or umbrella with your sunglasses ~~ The Fun Tour Guru