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Travel Beyond Summer

- Pauline

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Summer is the season when most people travel, but let’s face it: the prices for hotels and transportation are way too high. Making vacation plans after the height of the busy season may be out of the question for some, especially with the start of the school year, but there are some great places for shorter or longer getaways that might just do the trick. In short, travel doesn’t have to be isolated within the three hottest months of the year. September and October are great months to travel, so check out one or more of these vacation destinations, if you can.

September

There are no federal holidays after Labor Day in September, so weekend or day trips may be the best bet for most people looking for a travel fix. Cape Cod, Massachusetts is jam packed in the summer, but the weather is still fantastic and the crowds are far less overwhelming when after Labor Day. WeNeedaVacation has some good deals on rental properties in Hyannis, Falmouth, Orleans, and Provincetown, which are the most popular spots in the Cape Cod area. Don’t worry; restaurants, shops, beaches, and other attractions will still be open. For those looking for kosher vacation ideas during Rosh Hashanah later in the month, check out Totally Jewish Travel for deals in the Florida Keys and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. You can also check out their website for vacation ideas during Yom Kippur and Sukkot, which take place in October.

October

In addition to the Jewish holidays, there are a few notable days that might present some great opportunities to travel in the first full month of the fall season. Hajj is the time for Muslims to go on their pilgrimages, if they are able. The Signature Hotels & Resorts offer packages for the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages that devout Muslims are obligated to take at least once in their lifetimes. There is also Columbus Day weekend, which can be a great time to check out Montauk, New York’s annual Clam Chowder Contest, or the oldest Italian-American celebration in San Francisco, California. October is the month to take in the fall colors, or escape from it all to the Caribbean, Dominican Republic, and other island destinations, if time permits.

So don’t despair now that summer is coming to a close! There are some wonderful out-of-season vacation options for intrepid travelers with different budgets and time to spare. You will still be able to make some travel memories and show off afterwards, if you do your research and jump on the right deal.

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