I’ve enjoyed some of my very best trips during a locale’s ‘off-season’. At a minimum, shoulder season is desirable. Prices are lower, and key to my enjoyment is not to be surrounded by hordes of people.
Upgrade: Travel Better takes this to what some might argue is its logical extreme, suggesting booking travel to Mexico.
Of course, as he points out, many deals can be had well off into the future given current light bookings — so a gambling traveler might well score an historic opportunity booking forward to early 2010. And far from taking advantage of suffering, it could just as well be seen as pouring money into a local ecnomy otherwise-starved of tourist dollars on which it depends.
What do you think? Moral, opportunity, foolhardy, improper?