There’s been a big little secret in the tourism industry for many many years; it goes by many different aliases, but you might know it by the term “off” season – which sadly, makes it sound like a cheese waaay past its sell by date – but it’s anything but cheesy! And like a fine aged blue cheese (ok, we’ll stop with the cheese metaphor now), that’s when travel is at its finest!
Travelers who appreciate value, a slower pace and enhanced local experiences, have always appreciated the pleasures of a destination after the crowds have retreated – later in the fall, the winter, and early spring – but these days, planning for those months is becoming even more appealing due to something else you may have heard of: Overtourism.
Yep, overtourism is a thing – and plan on it being a thing from here on out.
There’s just a lot more people on the planet with the time, energy, financial resources, – and yes – freedom to travel these days. And that pent up demand is causing destinations to have to rethink their traditional models of tourism.
Here’s some examples:
- Isle of Skye, Scotland: Local police involved in restricting access to the Isle of Skye to visitors without guaranteed reservations via The Telegraph
- Cliffs of Moher, Ireland: The Cliffs of Moher increased their entrance prices and added peak hour times to try to solve the challenge of too many tourists causing a strain on their facilities via The Journal
- Stonehenge, England: Visiting and access restrictions have been put in place, and now a tunnel is in the plans to combat overtourism via Skift
- Venice, Italy: Tourists redirected from popular attractions and priority access given to locals via CNN
Now, look: Don’t get us wrong. Here at Tenon, we livebreathelove travel 24/7 & 365 – helping people to experience life more fully through travel is how we keep the lights on and pay our collective mortgages. We want everyone to travel – and travel often!
But sometimes too much of a good thing can be, well, too much (just like too many cheese metaphors!) – and we want to encourage our Tenon Travelers (who are a special kind of people anyway or you wouldn’t even be reading this!) to think beyond the traditional summer vacation time frame.
That’s why we want to help you get where you want to go and have the kind of experience you are just not going to have in May, June, July, and August (even September!) – the default travel time zone. Consider traveling between October and April, what we like to call the “value season”!