Seasonal Travel: How to Plan for the Best
Regardless of where you plan to travel, you’ll find that festivals and even the availability of different sites will vary throughout the year. It is important to look into this before you book your trip!
Check when things are open
You’ll find that Europe is particularly tourist-friendly during the warm summer months. Museums and even shops will often have extended hours during high season, except in places like Italy where many businesses close down in August for a summer holiday known as ferragosto. That said, don’t expect every country to have businesses close on Sundays. Lots of museums, restaurants, and shops will stager their off days so that some may be closed on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. If there is anything you absolutely want to see, do, or try, you’ll want to check for availability and possible reservation requirements well in advance of your trip.
In the offseason, some cities will cater to locals with special events that keep them open until midnight or provide free entry to otherwise costly exhibits. As you plan your trip, you’ll want to look into special events that could make your adventure more exciting or more limited.
Know your holidays
Some countries mourn their independence day, they don’t celebrate it; while holidays you wouldn’t expect can cause a nation or region to erupt in boisterous and jovial activity. You should consider your destination’s holidays and how they celebrate as that could impact your access to transportation, hotel costs, museum availability, restaurant reservations, and more. While some holidays can prove inconvenient for your schedule or wallet, they can also be amazing opportunities to engage in a new culture and meet people from around the world if you plan ahead!
Google the weather
This sounds straightforward but it is easy to forget that sometimes one country can have weather that varies significantly. There are some mountain towns in southern Italy where you’ll want a spring jacket every evening, even on the hottest summer days, but if you take a bus thirty minutes toward the coast you wouldn’t dream of wearing a sweater at midnight even in May or June. Regardless of where you travel, you’ll want to pack for the current weather, not for the stereotype you might expect. The last thing you want is to have an exciting vacation ruined by a week-long cold once you get back to your studies.