Don't Miss These 6 Shoulder Season Deals
PHOTO: Live Aqua Cancun is one of several resorts where travelers can save up to 40 percent with Funjet Vacations this fall (photo courtesy of Live Aqua Cancun).
With the busy summer travel season all but over, now is the time to take advantage of limited demand and snag one of the best deals of shoulder season.
Not sure where to start? Don't worry, TravelPulse founder and CEO Mark Murphy has a handful of deals from around the globe currently available for the taking.
A handful of stellar shoulder season destinations can be found in Western Europe. For example, Murphy points out that CIE Tours is offering last-minute deals on guided tours of Ireland and Scotland.
Elsewhere on the British Isles, vacation outfitter Monograms is offering a choose-your-own-adventure experiential tour of London, a destination where visitors can save big given the current economic climate.
"Hotels and tour companies are offering great deals to promote tourism and fill empty rooms and spaces," writes Murphy. "Plus, the advantageous pricing in place is even better now thanks to the dollar's current strength against the pound."
Americans eyeing a domestic shoulder season getaway in 2016 will want to consider a trip to New England or Hawaii.
Sure, Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard draw huge crowds in the summer. But as Murphy notes, "the crowds have left the peninsula but the water and the weather remain warm." The Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth is offering rates as low as $99 per night for September and October.
In the Pacific, Hawaiian hotels like the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa and the Mauni Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows are offering room rates up to half off summer prices.
For travelers seeking an all-inclusive experience that doesn't break the bank, Mexico is a no-brainer, according to Murphy. "Some of the best bargains can be found at the luxurious all-inclusive resorts of Cancun and Cozumel and the deals are even better in September and October."
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Shoulder season is also an ideal time to cruise, whether on the river or ocean. Murphy recommends a European river cruise with AmaWaterways, which is offering 40 percent off regular summer rates in November.
If you can't wait until then, a September sailing to the eastern Caribbean from Miami on Norwegian Cruise Line can be had for as little as $549 per person. "If taking a traditional ocean-faring ship is your thing, there are plenty of enticing autumn deals for ocean liners, too," Murphy writes.
For even more deals, check out Murphy's full article over on US News.
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