Top 8 Off-Season Travel Destinations to Book With Experiences by Welk
Like anybody, the end of summer makes us a little sad. But just because fall is here doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a wonderful vacation for you and your family. Here’s a little secret: the end of the summer is when the savviest travelers take advantage of amazing rates on things like airfare, hotels, and activities. Fewer people travelling, lower prices—simple as that. In fact, travelling during the “off season” can fetch you 10-, 20-, even 50-percent discounts, depending on where you choose to go.
The best part? You can book hotel, airfare, car rentals, and activities for each of the locations below using the Experiences by Welk app. So, as you plan your end-of-summer travels, don’t overlook the following destinations known for seasonal rate dips.
When isn’t it a good time to head south of the border? From coast to coast, Mexico is dotted with remarkable travel destinations. Cancun, Cozumel, Puerto Vallarta—the list goes on. The warm, tropical conditions and turquoise blue waters make these prime summer and winter vacation destinations. September, though, usually brings with it a general lull in tourism. Goodie for you! Snorkelling, rowing along in glass-bottomed kayaks—ziplining!? It’s all there, waiting for you to enjoy. Oh, and did we mention you can do all of this at Sirena del Mar, our beautiful resort in Cabo San Lucas?*
Grand Canyon National Park
It’s one of the seven natural wonders of the world, which puts it on the bucket list of nearly every human being on the planet. And guess what? The massive crowds reflect the stunning beauty of this must-see park. Yet you can avoid the throngs of camera-toting tourists—and stifling desert heat!—by making your pilgrimage during the off season. Why not make it a full-on getaway? Did you know that we have two Arizona locations in our Experiences Collection—Arroyo Roble in Sedona and Troon North in Scottsdale?
Think about it: Floridian fall means the kids are back at school, the heat is letting up, and spring break is long gone. It’s the perfect time to go see the Kennedy Space Center, or maybe a college football game. Of course, there is always Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa®, one of the fantastic properties available in our Experiences Collection.
You’ve heard about the food, the water, the ancient history; but did you know that the average fall temperature in Greece is in the seventies (and typically stays there)? Whether you’re headed to Athens to see the Parthenon, or Santorini for your dreamy honeymoon, consider the fall season for your once-in-a-lifetime trip to Greece — you could save big.
A state with rich history, iconic desert architecture, and strong cultural ties, New Mexico is a must-see no matter what time of year. But come fall, tourism wanes, meaning you can experience the blooming trees, famed chile harvest, and rustic pueblos with a little more room to breathe. Plus, if Santa Fe is on your itinerary, you can always rest your head at Fairmont Heritage Place, El Corazon de Santa Fe, another of our Experiences Collection properties.
Chicago is our sleeper pick. Anyone who grew up there knows that fall can be a magical time of year in the Windy City. The air is crisp off the lake, the leaves are turning, and the city is alive. And when the clouds do roll in off Lake Michigan, you can duck into the Chicago Art Museum, or the John G. Shedd Aquarium. And don’t forget: Chicago is a sports town, and fall is when the Bears and Blackhawks go back to work.
Bring your rain slicker! Fall is hurricane season in the Caribbean. But if you don’t mind a little moisture, you can benefit from the dip in fares these conditions create. Turks and Caicos Islands. Jamaica. Take that trip to the Caribbean that you’ve always wanted. And don’t worry: the water stays blue no matter when you decide to visit.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention good old San Diego, home to the property that started it all: Welk Resorts San Diego. Although weather is generally superb the entire year round, things get really good once fall comes around. The summer tourists have gone home, the Pacific Ocean is building it’s perfect surf swells, the sun is shining, and the skies tend to be cloudless. Hiking, beaches, craft beer tasting—the possibilities are endless, and they might not be more affordable at any other time of year.
That’s our list of top off-season vacation destinations. The beautiful thing about it? All of these locations, and nearly all of the activities we mentioned, can be booked using the Experience by Welk travel platform. Members who use the app enjoy some of the best travel discounts available, and earn valuable Welk Rewards Credits that they can redeem on future bookings, or even use to pay off their VOA Dues.
The savings can be yours! Register for Experiences by Welk today!
*When traveling internationally, we recommend you always review the latest information from the Department of State.