As families return home from vacation and children go back to school, many popular travel spots get less crowded in autumn. Peak season rates at hotels and resorts come to an end, and off-season packages and deals abound. At the same time, winter weather hasn’t hit yet and you can enjoy crisp fall days and colorful autumn leaves in much of the Northern hemisphere.
Planning a vacation can be exciting. What can be equally exciting is taking a vacation that you know isn’t going to cost a mint, which lets you choose where you want to splurge (e.g., dinner at a Michelin-star restaurant, a luxurious spa day, or a helicopter ride over a volcanic crater) without paying top dollar for the entire trip.