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Hipmunk Solves The Conundrum Of When You Should Travel In 2016

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | January 06, 2016

Hipmunk Solves The Conundrum Of When You Should Travel In 2016

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You may have settled on the crucial “Where?” to go on your next vacation. However, you may need some help on the nearly as important “When?”

Online travel company Hipmunk has scoured its information from 2015 and extrapolated what it considers the optimum time to travel to various places.

All you need to do is visit Hipmunk’s “When to Go” Monthly Index for a glimpse at the best times to pull the trigger and travel.

As Hipmunk states, it would be rather easy to simply offer that you should buy your ticket when it’s at its cheapest during the year. That just wouldn’t be worthwhile advice, akin to saying the best diet is to just eat celery.

No, you want that juicy middle ground that offers the best amenities at a price with which you are happy.  

The website states: “With travel, it’s not a matter of going when things are cheapest, it’s about getting a great price close to the ideal time to visit any given destination. This can be a tricky task—so to help you navigate, we used Hipmunk hotel and flight pricing data, as well as weather data, to identify the best time to get a deal at some of the most popular vacation spots in the U.S.”

To that end, it pored over last year’s data to deliver various charts to aid you on your travel brainstorming session.

Here is a chart that establishes the best time to head off to various locales, a moment Hipmunk calls “almost peak season.”

As noted by the study, snow-packed resort areas are understandably bogged down in the middle of winter. However, March offers the promise of deals as well as snow.

And a place like San Diego, nearly beautiful 12 months a year, is a steal when you book in the later months.

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Hipmunk also features charts that help you, the traveler, visualize the average temperature as well as hotel price by month.

Of course, the above chart is a splendid starting point to see right away when you might want to target that family location.

As Hipmunk offers, it may be just a matter of weeks that will save you a bundle: “In many places, money can be saved on nightly hotel rates simply by going one month earlier or later. In Lahaina (Hawaii), the average rate in June is $361 per night, as opposed to $299 per night in July.”

Finding the best prices can, at times, feel like a college project that takes immense research and tireless work.

Hipmunk takes a bit of the pain away at the top of the year. If you want to save money but still want that near peak-season experience, you simply have to scoot the plans a bit on the calendar.

Doing so may just mean extra funds to use for things that truly matter, such as that unforgettable attraction visit or delicious dinner in that special and unfamiliar city.


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