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3 Reasons to Travel Early in the Year

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Travel doesn't have to be limited to summer breaks or school vacations. In fact, people who branch out and plan adventures at the beginning of the New Year may be setting themselves up for a spectacular time. Although trips during the beginning of the year may cost individuals a few extra vacation days at their workplace or require them to pack a jacket instead of shorts, there are many other benefits. Here are three of many reasons travelers may want to consider taking off at the beginning of the year.

Reason #1: Travelers can save money

Planning trips in January, February and even certain weeks in March is a great way to stick to a budget. Because it's a relatively slow time of year, many hotels and airlines drop rates or launch special promotions to attract visitors. Similarly, restaurants in tourist-heavy areas suddenly face more competition, which could also lead to more affordable prices. Ultimately, the lower demand often found at the start of a new year provides countless opportunities for globetrotters - they just have to be willing to try.

Reason #2: Fewer families and young children

Solo travelers, couples and even young adults taking part in student travel may be able to find some relief from the crowds at the beginning of the year. Because many people take an extended break from work over the holidays, some adults are hesitant to embark on another long trip, while families with young children have to focus on getting them back to school. That opens up many opportunities for savvy travelers. They can capitalize on quieter cruises, more hotel options and even stress-free flights, all devoid of kids or their parents.

Reason #3: Blend into the culture

There's nothing wrong with sticking to tourist-friendly spots while traveling. Some people, however, want to delve a little deeper into the local culture. That's easy to do when exploring a new land during the first few months of the year. The absence of tour groups and slow-moving families allows individuals to get through museums and other attractions quickly, leaving more time for other activities. Locals might also be more inclined to answer questions, provide advice or even strike up a conversation with the fewer travelers taking in the sights.

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