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Tip 1. Off season” can start much earlier than you think. In the South of France, I received 50% off at 5 star hotels as early as Sept. 9.
Tip 2. Since some sights may be closed or harder to reach in piles of snow, factor in how you intend to spend your time.
If your focus will be on in-door activity, e.g., visiting museums in a major city, the cost-savings would definitely outweigh the less favorable weather.
Tip 3. Consider what impact the weather will have off-season.
If you like the idea of walking on a beach in a sweater on a brisk day, this could be the right opportunity for you.
Be sure your guidebook directions work for each season so you don’t try climbing up a local Mt. Everest without cleats.
The key question: Will rain and cold (or conversely blazing hot days) prevent you from enjoying the trip at any price?
Tip 4. Even if major attractions are open, will they be accessible? Consider the added costs off-season if you have to pay for taxis and cannot walk or take a bus or train in inclement weather.
Tip 5. In the tropics, don’t immediately reject traveling during the rainy season.