Every travel destination has an “on-season” and an “off-season” for visiting. You may notice that during the off-season, prices are cheaper and destinations are less crowded. While it can be tempting to plan a vacation during this low time, there’s a reason no one goes then. Low periods of travel occur because of poor weather during that season or due to the closing of many businesses and tourist attractions.
There is no “summer=good, winter=bad” rule of thumb for the on and off-seasons of a destination. In Europe, summer will see seaside towns booming with tourists. But in India, summer brings monsoons. Each destination will have a high and low season that generally corresponds with good weather and ample sightseeing opportunities. The only way to know is to do research on your desired destination well before you plan on visiting.
There is a third “season” for vacationing called shoulder-season. This generally refers to the week or two weeks between the on and off-seasons. Prices are moderate, weather is good, and the crowds of tourists haven’t overrun the beach so much that you can’t find a spot to lay out your towel. Choosing when to book your vacation can be a delicate balance between pricing and convenience, with timing being the key factor.