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7 Reasons Fall Is the Cheapest, Easiest, and Best Time to Travel

Just because the lazy days of summer are behind us doesn't mean you have to put your suitcase in storage along with your swimsuit and sandals. In fact, once the leaves start to fall you may well find even more reasons to travel. Read on to learn more.

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It’s cheaper

Once the kids are back at school prices drop, sometimes considerably. Natasha Rachel Smith, travel expert at, explains that fall can be one of the cheapest times of the year to go on vacation, since in many locations it’s considered a shoulder season or off-season. Those off-season prices can equal big savings. For example, High Hampton Inn, a historic mountain resort in Cashiers North Carolina, is offering three nights for the price of two for now until November 5, 2017, a savings of 22 percent. Get inspired by these cheap travel destinations that feel VIP luxe.

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It’s less crowded

School is back in session and that means that vacation spots around the world are less populated, making it an ideal time to escape for an adults-only weekend (or break the rules and take the kids too for a family adventure without the lines). You’ll be able to breeze up to see the viewing deck of the Empire State Building in New York City or get up close and personal (as possible) with the Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris. Laura Hall, of Kid & Coe, a rental site for family-friendly homes, says the time between Labor Day and Thanksgiving is a great time to take kids away before the busy holiday season approaches.

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The beautiful fall leaves

You don’t need us to rhapsodize about the beauty of autumn with its kaleidoscope of changing leaves.

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Festivals galore

With all the fresh produce ripening and harvest time approaching, fall can be a great time to attend events and festivals across the country and even further afield. From farming celebrations to Halloween fright nights, hayrides and food festivals, the season can start to feel like one long party! Will Gluckin, from, a booking platform for activities and excursions, recommends the Provence Olive Harvest in France and Autumn grape crushing in Valle d’Itria tours to experience the best fall traditions and cultures around the world. Prefer to stay stateside? Here’s a guide to 10 of our favorite food festivals.

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All the coziness…

Kacey Lewis, a flight attendant of 15 years, looks forward to the cooler months when she can wear her favorite boots from The Original Muck Boot Company and snuggle up in her merino wool cardigan, from Icebreaker. “As long as I have those two items in my carry on bag I am happy and cozy, no matter what the weather throws at me,” she says. She also slips in a knit matching neck and head warmer from Buff in the softest wool fabric to make sure when she gets off the plane and off shift she is ready to hit the town looking warm and stylish.

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More perks

Because the crowds of summer have dissipated, hotel staff can be more attentive and there are often more luxury upgrades to be had if you know whom to ask.

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The weather is picture perfect

Before winter’s snow arrives, the sun is still shining in most of the world. If you head south, you can pretty much count on beach weather through October. Next, check out these road trips where you can see the best fall foliage.

Fiona Tapp
Fiona Tapp, is a Freelance Writer, Pro Blogger, and Educator. Her work has appeared on The Washington Post, New York Post, Brides, HuffPost, The Week, SheKnows, and many others. Her portfolio can be viewed at After a 13 year career as a teacher and school administrator, where she earned a Master's degree in Education, Fiona is well placed to offer expert advice on parenting, education, childcare and pregnancy. She has also travelled to over 20 countries and regularly writes on world travel and personal finance. When she's not writing she can be found reading to her toddler, and doing all the best voices!