Best Tips & Trick To Timing Your Trip Right
On a long trip, you can’t be everywhere at just the ideal time. And it’s not worth trying. Usually, if it’s too hot inland, you can head for the coast. And if it’s too hot on the coast you can move to higher elevations, where temperatures are milder. If there are monsoon rains in one place, an overnight train or bus can usually take you to the coast that’s getting all the sun. This only requires one thing: flexibility. In general, you’ll find your timing is great for 75 percent of your trip and you’ll take a few hits for the other 25 percent. What you need to investigate, therefore, is not the ideal time to be in each location, but if there are any dates to absolutely avoid. Much of this depends on what you plan to do.
Vienna in January may be chilly but fine for city exploring, especially if you plan to be inside museums and churches, whereas a bike trip around Austria would probably be punishing at that time of year. If you plan to hitch sections of your journey on yachts, make sure you check out the seasonal schedule; same for rough overland trips that could get snowed under or rained out.
Likewise, you’ll want to know if there are any dates not to miss. If you’re applying for a seasonal job, there’s usually a tight window. And it’s a pity to unwittingly arrive in Venice a day after Carnevale has ended: you’re stuck.with the crowds but have missed the event. Read also 24 Things To Enrich Your Journey
How (and why) To Beat The Travel Seasons
Tourist season is climatically favourable, but plagued with crowds and, as a result, more expensive. The advantages of travelling out of season are numerous: low-cost and less-crowded flights, better chances of finding a room at the cheapest hostels, shorter queues at museums, less need for reservations, and – best of all – fewer visitors to distract you from the culture you came to observe. However, you may be looking at some hidden expenses.
Some of the cheapest hotels shut down in the off-season, so you may be forced into nicer digs. If it’s cold enough to rattle your teeth loose at night, expect to pay extra for a room with heat. If you’ve arrived in the hot and sweaty season, be prepared to pay more for air conditioning. Sure, you can combat these with a good sleeping bag or a cold, wet sarong wrap, but you might not always be in the mood.
As a general rule, the best times to visit are often at the beginning and end of the tourist cycles, the so-called shoulder seasons, when you get most of the good weather without the crowds.
A Planning Must: Figuring Out When NOT To Go
The regions listed below don’t necessarily share a common weather pattern, so it’s difficult to broadly apply monsoon or dry-season dates.
Africa March–June: rains in eastern Africa can soak a safari and make roads muddy and impassable.
May– June & Oct: northern parts of Africa experience prolonged sandstorms.
May–Nov: rains in western Africa bog down roads and render Sahara transit difficult.
Christmas season: southern African coastal resorts and safaris ill up with locals.
Australia/New Zealand June–July: freezing nights in the Outback.
Dec–Feb: sweltering heat in the Outback.
Dec-March: heavy rains in northern Australia can flood roads.
Christmas summer holiday: resorts and transport busy.
Caribbean & Central America June–Nov: hurricanes (can usually be avoided if you stay flexible and monitor the news).
Central Asia Oct–June: the Karakoram Highway and the road between Srinagar and Leh (Kashmir to Ladakh) officially close.
Nov–March: north central Asia can be wickedly cold.
Mid-Dec to March: Himalayan trekking routes may get snowbound.
Europe and Russia Aug: summer crowds along the coasts.
Nov–Feb: northern and central Europe and Russia is cold and rainy and snow can disrupt travel, especially in the Alps.
Middle East June–Aug: the heat can get downright uncivilized, especially if the Med isn’t nearby for a cool swim. Keep an eye on the Jewish holiday calendar in Israel, as public transport and hotels can be swamped.
North America May–Aug: the central USA is prone to tornados (and high temps).
June–Sept: hurricanes can hit the southeast coast, but are easily avoided.
Dec–Feb: in mid- and northern USA, winter storms cause slow travel and severe cold can limit time possible outdoors.
South America Jan–April: Inca trail can get awfully wet, and closes completely for clean-up in February. The Galápagos Islands are hot and rainy, although the waters are warmer and gentler for divers and the seas can be a bit rougher in late summer when many visits.
Mid-Dec to Feb: Christmas holiday rush in Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina and Chile – coastal resorts and transport ills up.
South Pacific Jan: rains can get heavy in the southern islands.
Southeast Asia March-Oct: on the west coast, southwest monsoon rains disrupt diving visibility (and tanning opportunities).
Nov–April: northwest monsoon drenches the eastern coast of Thailand and the islands, and the east coast of Malaysia.
How To Plan Around Local Holidays And Events
Consider this scenario: your overnight train pulls into the station, you stagger over to the tourist information bureau, take a number and wait. When your number pops up, you head to the counter and say you’re looking for some budget accommodation for a night or two. The person behind the counter is already shaking their head vehemently before you finish the sentence. There’s a Rotary Club convention in town that has taken up all the rooms. The best the tourist office can do is find a room at the Ritz for $400/£252. Or, you can stay an hour’s journey outside the city at a little hostel situated next to a maximum-security psychiatric ward.
Occasionally, scheduling conflicts occur. A rock concert, business convention or sporting event unexpectedly disrupts your travel plans. So what do you do? First, just try to avoid the situation by keeping an eye on your guidebook for national holidays or other events that might cause a hotel-booking frenzy. Then, if you expect the local accommodation to fill up, either email ahead for a reservation or stop at another town on the way and delay your arrival until a more auspicious day. It’s an opportune time to head somewhere not mentioned in a guidebook. If you’ve already arrived, the easiest and most common solution is to simply move on to the next town. For this, the tourist office can be quite helpful. But before you do, ask for a list of accommodation the tourist bureau represents and try to get online. Crosscheck their list with the one in your guide and on the web.
Often, there are several hotels, especially the cheaper digs, not on the tourist office’s list. Give those places a call first; they’re the most likely to have room. Or look for less conventional places to stay, such as camping grounds that rent out tents or university dormitories. Better yet, try Airbnb and other similar private rental solutions (Tripping aggregates many). Or stay for free with a local via a service like Couchsurfing. If the weather is favourable, don’t forget to ask about rooftop sleeping at hostels.
How Much Time Should I Spend In Each Place?
Traveling too fast and trying to see too much may be the number-one traveller mistake. Spend at least two days longer in each city than you think. Maybe even two weeks. The faster you go and the more ground you cover, tempting though it may be, the less you’ll see. The same way that slowing down improves your peripheral vision when driving, reducing your speed allows you to take more in while you travel. If you’re not pressed to press on, you may take an extra day to forge a friendship with another traveller you met over breakfast, or find out your favourite musician is giving a concert in an ancient amphitheatre nearby, or that the local cultural centre is offering free palm-tree-climbing lessons. With enough time and curiosity, something interesting is bound to happen. Read more How Do You Calculate How Much Time You Need For Your Trip?
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