There’s nothing worse than hitting a destination during peak travel season, which can mean massive crowds and overpriced hotels.
Often, the off-season — or even better, shoulder season — can be the best time to visit a place.
We teamed up with KAYAK to find the best international destination to visit each month of the year.
KAYAK looked at some of the most popular international destinations, and calculated the median monthly airfare and hotel rate. Activities and weather were also taken into consideration.
Here’s the best place to visit every month of the year.
JANUARY: Cartagena, Colombia
Median airfare: $397
Median hotel: $168
January is the cheapest time to fly to Cartagena, and just so happens to be the month Storyland, a 3-day festival that features the world’s biggest DJs, takes place.
FEBRUARY: Martinique, French Caribbean
Median airfare: $521
Median hotel: $137
It’s cold and you understandably want some sun. Head to Martinique, where February is low rain season and sunny skies beckon. Even better, Martinique’s currency is the euro, meaning you can make the most of its favorable exchange rate, and the fact that you can get good deals even when booking last minute.
MARCH: Medellin, Colombia
Median airfare: $454
Median hotel: $75
APRIL: London, UK
Median airfare: $736
Median hotel: $198
Prices are cheaper in the spring than they are in the summer, and London’s spring weather is just lovely. Even better, the Queen’s birthday is on April 21st, so the city will be in high spirits.
MAY: Auckland, New Zealand
Median airfare: $1,187
Median hotel: $113
May sees both the lowest airfares and hotel rates in Auckland, as well as smaller crowds, so make the most of that. Plus, it’s fall in New Zealand, so you can expect mild temperatures.
JUNE: Bali, Indonesia
Median airfare: $1,170
Median hotel: $119
June is an ideal time to visit Bali, as you avoid the crowded high season, as well as the costs and crowds associated with it. Plus, the weather is still dry.
JULY: Reykjavik, Iceland
Median airfare: $704
Median hotel: $215
Iceland is the best destination to visit in 2017, and July is a great time to do so. Escape the summer heat for some milder temps, as well as an incredible 24 hours of sunlight. According to KAYAK, booking six months out will likely provide you with the lowest airfare.
AUGUST: Tokyo, Japan
Median airfare: $948
Median hotel: $156
Visit Tokyo before it hosts the 2020 games, and prices go up. While the humidity is high this time of year, you may find less crowds. According to KAYAK, you’re likely to get the lowest airfare by booking five months in advance.
SEPTEMBER: Lisbon, Portugal
Median airfare: $760
Median hotel: $137
One of the most affordable European destinations to fly into from the US, Lisbon has great food, great beaches, and a great party scene. September boasts some of the city’s warmest temperatures and gets you in just before the rainy season.
Median airfare: $959
Median hotel: $517
October marks the end of the monsoon season and some of the lowest median prices on airfare and hotels. The Maldives is one of the few places you can get a 5-star stay for the same price as 3-star, so prepare to live large.
NOVEMBER: Sydney, Australia
Median airfare: $1,092
Median hotel: $205
Just as we’re entering winter, Australia is starting summer, so escape the cold for some fun in the sun, and some of the (Aussie) summer’s lowest airfares.
DECEMBER: Cancun, Mexico
Median airfare: $453
Median hotel: $338
Cancun is blissfully free of spring breakers this time of year, which, outside of hurricane season, boasts some of Cancun’s lowest airfare rates, especially when booking one month out.
Original article: Businessinsider.com