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5 Reasons to Take a Fall Vacation
When the changing leaves begin to fall off the trees and most people start to prepare for winter, a growing number of people are packing their bags instead. Vacations in the fall are becoming more popular all the time. Summer heat and winter cold both have their places, but fall vacations are tough to beat. Here are five great reasons why you should consider a fall vacation the next time around:
1. The scenery is gorgeous
No matter where you decide to go on vacation during the fall, you can pretty much guarantee yourself some beautiful scenery. The combination of colored leaves and the changing seasons is a powerful one visually. Road trips in particular are great fun during the autumn season.
2. Everything is cheaper
Once the summer season winds down, hotels, cottages and rentals of all kinds drop their prices. The fall season is the beginning of the off-season where retailers are concerned. Take advantage of the savings!
3. It’s not so darn hot or cold
As fun as the summer can be, fall temperatures are much more comfortable. The searing heat is one of the reasons that families are hesitant to go on vacations during the summer. Fall takes the edge off but remains warm enough to still have a good time. It is also vastly superior to the freezing cold of winter. Winter vacations are basically limited to cold-weather activities. The fall season gives you the best of both worlds.
4. It’s generally not as crowded
The younger you are, the more likely you are looking for huge crowds. As you get older you begin to appreciate having an entire stretch of beach to yourself. During the fall season you are lucky enough to have that if you choose. Other locales that are extremely crowded during the peak season will also be much more laid-back. There are a few exceptions, but most of the time you can count on plenty of space to roam about freely.
5. Your stress level will go down
That is the point of a vacation, right? If you notice, all of the things above are direct sources of stress on a normal vacation. Traveling in the fall will feel quite different if you have never done it before. There is a wonderful sense of peace in the air and the cooler weather gives you that little bite of anticipation in your gut. If you have never experienced it, you should plan a trip right away. Once you vacation in the fall you will never go back.