Thursday, August 30, 2012

Fall Travel: Great for Families with Young Kids, Couples, Seniors and Singles

New York City's a sure bet for a fall vacation.
(Huffington Post: 17 Great Places to Visit in the Fall)

Who said you can't take a vacation in the fall? If you're a family with children who aren't in school yet, a couple with no kids, seniors who are done raising children, or single, fall can be one of the best times of the year to travel.

The humidity and stifling hot temperatures abate in places like Florida (as does the threat of hurricanes). Crowds thin out too. Major attractions remain open, although sometimes with more limited hours. Smaller attractions may close, but they too often stay open. Vacation rentals are a great choice for the fall because competition for space all but disappears while deals and specials abound.

Here are some great ideas for a vacation this fall:

How about a spooktacular
time this Halloween at Disney World
or Universal Studios?
Orlando. There's a reason Orlando's so popular: it's got something for everyone. Walt Disney World will be much easier to enjoy with a preschool age child without the summer crowds and summer heat. And you'll be paying off-season prices for your lodging, airfare and other expenses. Adults can enjoy Disney World as well -- Cirque du Soleil performs every night. Or take in Sea World, Epcot, Discovery Cove and special Halloween Fright Nights at Disney World and Universal Studios.

Northern Fall Vacations. On the flipside, maybe you live in the deep south and have had your fill of hot weather and want to experience the truly glorious beauty of fall weather in the northern states. Your vacation plans may require some flexibility, but you should be able to catch plenty of fall color and crisp weather. Try to speak with arborists in the areas you're planning on visiting. County extension offices are a good place to get reliable information. Or, simply escape to New York City if the fall. Again, the crowds are gone and the city is mostly filled with natives. 

The Caribbean and Mexico. Anytime of the year is a good time to enjoy a sun-soaked beach vacation in the Caribbean or Mexico. Perfect Places Travel can set you up with package tours, or you can select from our many vacation rentals.

Europe. Overseas airfares drop in the fall, as do the lines at historic sites such as Versailles and the Tower of London. The temperatures may be crisp, but you'll at least get to experience beautiful fall weather while vacationing in a beautiful place. You'll also find that locals are more willing to interact with you since they don't have to deal with crushing crowds of tourists.