02 January 2018
If you travel to your destination of choice during its off-season, you can explore it at your leisure and create your ideal holiday. Here are 12 top off-season destinations – one for each month in 2018!
January is a great month to travel to Bangkok. It falls during the ‘cool season’ with temperatures in the mid-20s, but it’s still quite dry, so you can explore the city in comfort. See the sites of Bangkok from the elegant Wat Arun temple to the iconic floating markets, opulent Grand Palace, sacred Wat Phra Kaew shrine and Lumphini Park with its idyllic family boating facilities, at your convenience.
Make the most of rugged Tasmania by visiting in February, when the crowds have started to ease off, but summer temperatures linger. Enjoy must-see attractions on this diverse island like the picture-perfect Wineglass Bay with its golden sands, climbing spot Cataract Gorge, former convict settlement Port Arthur and the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary where your kids can meet koalas and Tasmanian devils!
If you don’t mind chilly temperatures, a March Copenhagen getaway can prove rewarding. You can visit all the usual attractions like the Tivoli Gardens kids amusement park, the dramatic 17th century Rosenburg Castle and the Guinness World Records Museum when they’re less busy. Top tip – stroll along the Nyhavn 17th century waterfront and gaze at the nearby traditional multi-coloured houses and canals, while enjoying the lack of crowds that you’ll see here often in the summer months.
Book an April holiday in Vienna and tour this visually arresting city without worrying about Christmas market crowds or summer sun seekers. Sip on a traditional Viennese ‘melange’ espresso outside a local café while watching spring blossom around Vienna, view the Baroque Hofburg Palace in peace or stroll the Tiergarten Zoo grounds, where Siberian tigers live, without contending with crowds.
Whistler is a popular destination for many skiers. Its first-rate skiing and snowboarding facilities, world class shopping and outdoor skating rink make it ideal for all the family. The best thing to do is to visit Whistler in May; the peak skiing season runs from December to February, so you won’t have to worry about crowds and even in May you’ll still find fresh powder snow on the slopes!
Cape Town is a staple on many bucket lists, with iconic attractions like Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden known for its rare plants and Robben Island. Travel to Cape Town in June and avoid the crowds that flock here in the city’s summer. Temperatures will still be pleasant, and you can see the harvest in nearby wine-making region Franschhoek, which is something to behold!
Visit Auckland in July and you won’t be disappointed. This city is as captivating as ever at this time of year but July falls in New Zealand’s winter, so foot traffic is light. Explore intriguing sites like the iconic Sky Tower, the sprawling Auckland Botanic Gardens, theme park Rainbow’s End with its ‘Kidz Kingdom’ family entertainment centre and the volcanic Rangitoto Island pretty much at your leisure!
Singapore is popular year-round, but in August it enjoys a slight break in tourist traffic while the climate remains warm and dry, so it’s a good month to visit. In August catch the tail end of the annual Great Singapore Sale allowing you to find bargains at malls across famous shopping street Orchard Road. With everything from golden beaches and night safaris, to the thrilling Universal Studio amusement park, futuristic ‘Gardens by the Bay’ and brightly-hued pagodas there’s something for everyone here.
Hawaii is a dream destination for any traveller. Whether you want to see lava tubes at Volcanoes National Park, rest on Waikiki’s golden shores, delve into history at Pearl Harbour or learn about turtles at the Maui Ocean Centre, you’ll have a fabulous time. A great Hawaiian getaway awaits at all times, but go in September and you’ll avoid the summer bustle and winter crowds in equal measure.
A host of exotic delights await in Taipei like the well-known 101 Tower with breathtaking views, the thriving Shilin Night Market hosting over 500 vendors, the ornate Longshan Temple and more. To explore Taipei at your convenience and delve into its famed culinary scene without waiting in long lines, travel there in October when the tourist season has ended, but the climate’s still pleasant.
There’s one good reason to visit Buenos Aires in November; you’ll see the spectacular lilac jacaranda trees which line the city streets as the local spring plays itself out. You’ll also enjoy sunny weather as Buenos Aires is warm year-round, allowing you to watch salsa performances, dine on succulent steak dishes outdoors and view notable sites like the Casa Rosada, however you want.
There are many reasons to visit Lisbon, from its golden shores and historical sites like the 11th century São Jorge Castle, to its chic bars and family facilities such as the Lisbon Zoo, which houses over 300 species that’ll captivate your youngsters. Head to Lisbon in December and you’ll find a quieter city along with winter sun, while if you stay here at New Year prepare for the party of your life!