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Why travelling in Autumn can be less of a headache

The dawn of autumn can leave many with a sinking feeling; the cold weather is on its way and there is nothing to look forward to before Christmas. Often going on holiday at this time of year is not something people consider - however there are definitely a number of advantages to taking your main yearly holiday, or even just a short break in the autumn.

When the British public thinks of holidays they think of one thing - summer. Summer holidays mean ice cream, deckchair, sunburn, donkey rides, candy floss and cheap flights to Spain. Brits can be very stuck in their ways when it comes to going away for the same two weeks every year but the fact remains that avoiding the summer rush can lead to a much more pleasurable holiday experience.

One of the biggest benefits of holidaying in the autumn is avoiding the mass chaos of families trying to enjoy the summer sun in the relatively small window of the school holidays. Be it screaming children running around your table during dinner or a baby crying during an agonisingly long flight - kids when you are trying to relax can be a nightmare! However, by moving your annual holiday back a few weeks to September you can enjoy a quieter break when the children are safely back at school.

Another big advantage is the great monetary savings that can be made by avoiding the peak season rush. It is a fact that many people save up all year for their annual holiday only to pay over the odds for a rushed holiday abroad in a packed hotel. While good deals on summer holidays are certainly out there, they often can't compare to some of the great bargains that are available during the off


season. Similarly to shops having their "End of Summer" sales, online holiday specialists such as http://www.superbreak.com have some fantastic offers throughout the autumn period.

One potential drawback to not holidaying during the peak season is that you won't get the weather that you would during the summer. However, this is very often not the case. Fantastic locations such as Gran Canaria enjoy warm temperatures all year round and are only a short flight away. While sitting on the beach in late October in Blackpool may not be recommended, seeing the jealousy of your friend's faces when you set off to a sun kissed beach abroad is definitely worth while!

City breaks during autumn can also be a great deal more enjoyable. During the summer months one of the main problems with city breaks can be the fact that all the local attractions can be packed to the rafters with tourists. Literally, bus loads of people descend on small areas like plagues of locust - meaning queuing becomes the order of the day. Visiting in autumn often means that you can explore various landmarks at your own time and pace and not have to worry about standing around in warm, stuffy conditions.

Overall, holidaying in autumn can be great fun and is an excellent way to brake up the cold months leading up to Christmas. While it is unlikely to ever replace the great British tradition of Summer Holidays, holidaying off peak can make a lot of financial sense - and leave you a great deal more relaxed to boot!
About the Author

Robin Richmond is a freelance travel writer and also webmaster of www.travel-tips.co.uk