Five Ways to Travel Cheaply in the Off-Season CheapOair Staff October 26, 2010 Budget Travel, Travel Tips Destinations like Orlando, Florida are more affordable in the off-season As Halloween rolls around, most people have literally packed away any thought of traveling the rest of the year? Why is this? Typically due to finances as most would claim. However, the months that people pass on travel, is often the cheapest months to travel. Today we highlight how to travel cheaply this off-season. Use Social Media: That’s right, use social media to find cheap travel opportunities. Many hotels for example offer giveaways or special rates to Facebook fans or Twitter followers. Your chances are often much better doing a Twitter giveaway than going to a hotel’s website, where there can be thousands upon thousands of entries. Also, many magazines and travel companies frequently tweet and post things on Facebook about current travel deals. Enter Contests: Now we’re not talking about those pyramid schemes where you enter the contest, but then have to sign up for a credit card and a bunch of other bogus offers. Many destinations and hotels run giveaways on their websites, which ask for little more than your name and email address. More airlines, hotels and travel companies are doing this than ever before. You can also find a lot of travel bloggers who are also holding giveaways. Go Where People are Leaving: That’s right, go to places where most people aren’t taking trips. These are destinations like Orlando, Miami, Dublin, Chicago and Las Vegas. Since it’s the off-season many hotels offer extremely cheap accommodations, especially during the weekdays. Myrtle Beach for example, has resort hotel rooms for as low as $40 per night during weekdays. Travel During the Holidays: Although flights can often be more expensive during the holidays, consider a week or two-week vacation either right before or after the holidays to experience both cheap flights and accommodations. Many hotels and resorts offer special discounts on holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Take A Cruise: While everyone else is bunkering down for winter, get one last shot of summer with a Caribbean cruise. Cruises are some of the cheapest ways to travel, with rates starting at $149. You can also typically get either last minute cruise deals or specials for the holidays.