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My mother Georgi, Jim and I packed our bags for a ten-day road trip to Nova Scotia. It was a reunion of sorts; my parents spent summers on Canada’s Northumberland Strait to escape the heat and stay connected to my father’s family heritage. Scenes filled with country life and ocean views spoke of a simpler time.
The drive to Antigonish, Nova Scotia took eleven hours by car from our home south of Boston. There are quicker ways to get there. There’s the high-speed ferry (the CAT) from Portland Maine to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and another from St. John, New Brunswick. And, a flight from Boston to Halifax only takes about two hours.
However, driving offered an opportunity to more thoroughly enjoy the journey through two countries and four provinces. So many picturesque places materialized as stopping points along the way during our road trip to Nova Scotia and back.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re planning an international voyage or a trip to the beach community by the coast. Knowing when to go can make all the difference in a successful trip. You might be surprised by the benefits of shoulder season travel.
Understanding the Travel Seasons
The travel year is effectively broken into three seasons to visit a destination: peak season, low season, and shoulder season.
How do you pick the best travel tools for trip planning when there a sea of options online? It’s a bit of a crap shoot, in my opinion. I have spent hours comparing one flight deal to another, sizing up hotel accommodations, and looking for the best tours on the cheap.
I enjoy orchestrating my own unique travel experiences. That might mean arriving in a favorite city, renting a car to check out some of the lesser known areas, spending a night in an agriturismo or room at a bed-and-breakfast, taking the rail to another city, and a mix of guided and self-directed tours. The more varied, the more interesting, I say!
I will admit, it is a bit overwhelming at times. Read more
When you enjoy traveling as much I do, it’s hard to choose your next destination from a Bucket List, let alone figure out when to go. Knowing exactly when to visit dreamy destinations can help narrow things down.
There is a window of travel opportunity I look for between the peak season and low season that minimizes my costs and maximizes my experience. It’s known as “shoulder season.”
This sweet spot offers better travel rates and fewer crowds with the benefit of pleasant weather. Doesn’t that sound perfect? Read more