Well, the weather gods have spoken and the fall weather is here to stay. My closet is switched over and I am ready for sweaters and boots and jackets and scarves. I just love, love, love this time of year. There really is nothing better than throwing on some layers and getting out and exploring your city or a new city.
Most people tend to plan their trips in the summer since that is the easiest time to travel, but I am not one of those people. I love traveling in off-peak times, particularly in the winter. Visiting a new place when it is cold and rainy doesn’t bother me, I find it romantic and more authentic. You really get a good feel for a city once all the tourists are gone and the people are back to their routine. You’d also be surprised how much more you can do and see when you don’t spend all your time fighting tourists, waiting in line.
Some of my favorite trips were between September and February. There’s nothing like walking next to the Seine and getting caught in the snow. There’s nothing like exploring Florence’s markets in the rain and seeing the Italian spirit prevail. There’s nothing like sipping a Cafe Nero mocha and hiding in a Notting Hill shop to get out of the cold. There’s nothing like a hot chocolate reward after trekking to the top of Schilthorn.
Fitzgerald says it best, “life starts all over when it gets crisp in the fall“. If you haven’t already, I urge you to try traveling in the fall and winter. It is definitely worth it.