Generally in tourism industry there are three seasons – low season (November – March), shoulder season (April, May, June, September, October) and high season (July, August). This can come in handy for a budget-minded traveler.
Low season offers many advantages, such as low prices and good deals. Many hotels offer their services for up to 50% less then in high season. Also, you can avoid crowds that come over the summer, so peace and quiet is almost guaranteed.
However, you might find yourself caught in a bad weather, with constant drizzle or chilly winds. In addition, many properties opt for renovation during the low season, therefore your experience might be compromised.
Still, there are more advantages than disadvantages for traveling in the low season. Call the local Tourist Information Center and ask what to expect, which properties are under renovation and what attractions are open. Europe is a wonderful place for low season traveling, with festivals and events popping up also during winter time.
Try also to experience the other side of the country with its winter coat on. In Latvia, the most popular thing to do is bobsleigh in the nearby Sigulda, a perfect thing to entertain yourself during the winter months. Tallinn will thrill you with ice climbing, while Vilnius could captivate you with curling. In Slovenia, Georgia and Slovakia you will find some of the best skiing spots on the continent. Berlin and Belgrade are truly cities that never sleep, with bustling culture and exciting nightlife throughout the year.
Should season might be an attractive option too. You will still get much lower prices than in the high season, yet the weather will be more pleasant and cities more full of life. Mediterranean region, take Barcelona for example, offers high temperatures and plenty of sun already in April. Pack lightly and catch your summer before the real summer comes!
Remember, plan wisely, regularly check the best flight deals, monitor the weather and check the sights you want to see before your departure. Low season travels might just become your favourite thing to do!