By Zim Ugochukwu
4-star resort in Angkor Wat, Cambodia: $50.
- 5-star resort in Agra, India: $60.
- 4-star treetop resort on Phi Phi Island, Thailand: $32.
- Secluded bungalows in Ubud, Bali: $35.
Catch the trend, here?
I scored all of these amazing deals by doing one thing, and one thing only.
I traveled off season.
Traveling off season or during the low season, simply put, is the time of year when a destination gets the fewest visitors. As a result, amazing hotels are plentiful as they tend to offer the lowest prices to attract customers and fill rooms. Scheduling some of my travel during this season has been the easiest way for me to secure the best resorts, vacation packages and flight deals. People always say that the weather off-season in most places is horrendous (hot, cold or rainy), but often, it’s quite the contrary. If you’re ok with a day or so of possible shoddy weather, traveling when there aren’t many other tourists around is an attractive option for many. During my stay at each of these locations, the weather didn’t hint at anything out of the ordinary (with the exception of Bali). In fact, I couldn’t have asked for better weather.
Agoda is my absolute favorite resource for booking travel accommodations abroad. It treats me right every time.
What has been your most unbelievable off-season deal?
Zim is an avid photographer, visual storyteller, classically trained pianist, junk foodie, vegetarian, and occasional building climber. She is the founder & CEO of Travel Noire.