With the world starting to open back up again, our research shows that a majority of travelers (54%)* are more likely to travel during off-peak season now than they were before the pandemic, with the main reason being that it’s less crowded (89%) and there’s less risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 (74%).
Our research further shows that almost 7 in 10 (68%) of global travelers would visit an alternative destination in a bid to avoid traveling during peak season.
Since experiencing the world is not tied to a handful of months, but can be explored 365 days a year, we share six incredible destinations to help inspire travelers to take advantage of the off-peak season to have a more meaningful interaction with the local community, culture and traditions while in general and discovering a beloved destination without the crowds.
San Francisco, USA
Located on the Westcoast of the US, and known for its iconic Golden Gate Bridge, steep roads with its iconic trams, the first established LGBTQ+ neighborhood in the country, and amazing food scene, San Francisco has always been one of the top visited US destinations by travelers globally. And not surprisingly being highly recommended for ‘city trips’ by Booking.com travelers. While in normal times it can get very busy with tourists during summer, the best time to visit and explore the city is actually from September to November. At that time it is also the perfect temperatures for sightseeing and wandering around the city. And with a San Francisco Attractions and Tour Pass, travelers can easily access a wide selection of tours, attractions and popular landmarks.
Where to stay: Discover San Francisco by staying at Fairmont San Francisco. This landmark hotel features spacious rooms, full-service gym and spa and three unique dining experiences available on site. The Fairmont’s unique rooms include panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Coit Tower and the Financial District. This Proud Certified property makes it a perfect, extra welcoming stay for every traveler.
While the sights in Venice and Rome are certainly mesmerizing, to have a similar Italian experience in an alternative city, Turin is a perfect destination to visit. During the summer it can get pretty crowded with many tourists filling the magnificent squares throughout the city, visiting this Northern Italian city is also worth visiting during off-peak season. While occasionally it can rain, during the months of November and December travelers can easily skip the lines and explore as much as possible of what the city has to offer, since the city is known for its incredible museums, beautiful churches and amazing restaurants. The city is also famous for its desserts and pastries, including ‘gianduiotti’ – a creamy chocolate delicacy with hazelnut, and what better way to taste all the sweets and delicacies during a Desserts of Turin Tour.
Where to stay: Corte Realdi Luxury Rooms Torino is situated in the historical city center of Turin. The rooms offer luxurious, modern decor with views of the city center. The property has also taken steps to provide more sustainable and environmentally friendly travel, including water-efficient sanitary, offering tours and activities organised by local guides and businesses, and locally sourced food. It’s central location makes it a perfect place to stay to explore the city by foot, with many sightseeing spots in the nearby area, including Piazza Castello and the Cathedral of Turin just a short walk away. Guests can also choose from one of the many nearby restaurants for some delicious Italian cuisine.
Just a short flight from Tokyo, Hokkaido is Japan’s northern island and is famous for its unspoiled nature, beautiful culture, snowy ski areas, and delicious (sea)food. Hokkaido is the perfect escape in all seasons, but can get crowded during summer, when it has the perfect conditions for hiking and exploring the many National Parks, and during winter, as it’s a popular destination for skiing and snowboarding thanks to its abundant powder snow and top resorts. But even during off-peak season, there’s plenty to see and do. Travelers can enjoy and relax in one of the natural hot springs Hokkaido is known for, explore one of the volcanoes during a guided tour, or try out some of the many amazing restaurant with one of Japan’s famous beers, produced in the Hokkaido area, on the side.
Where to stay: ONSEN RYOKAN Yuen Sapporo is situated in Sapporo, Hokkaido’s main city, and is a traditional Japanese ryokan. Guests can enjoy clean and comfortable rooms, spa and wellness facilities including a hot spring bath and a sauna, and join a traditional tea ceremony. The property’ restaurant offers a wide selection of Japanese cuisine, but with its central location, guests can also choose to explore one of the many restaurants in the nearby area.
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