Is August a Good Time to go on Vacation?

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Published on September 22, 2014

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You can find some of the best deals and locations if you decide to go on vacation in August, as opposed to June and July. Find out why August is a great time to go on vacation! ( Is August a Good Time to Go on Vacation? A sunset on a Vancouver beach By now, many Canadians are wondering where the summer went. As short and sweet as our warm season is, the old expression “time flies when you’re having fun” is never truer than in late July, as the realization collectively hits that school and cooler weather loom just a short month away. But poor August is much more than a mere buffer month between summer fun and autumn woes. For enlightened vacationers, the question “Is August a good time to go on vacation?” is easily answered: it’s the ONLY time to go on vacation! Here are a few reasons why. It’s less popular This is a good thing. Like the proverbial last kid picked in gym class, August usually falls behind June and July insofar as holiday bookings. Perhaps this is due to the collective association of August to the end of summer. Perhaps in terms of vacations, most folks can’t wait after a long year at work… or maybe it’s all due to family vacation scheduling, as June and July coincide with most schools letting out. Whatever the reason, it seems August is the last pick, but this is a distinct advantage for those willing to wait a bit. After all, the less jam-packed your chosen venue is, the more pleasant it is to explore. Unless you’re a die-hard fan of crowds, traffic and constant distraction, taking the family on an August vacation is

a far more peaceful option, and your wallet will thank you. This brings us to the next point illustrating why August is a good time to go on vacation: It’s cheaper Most booking companies know that June and July are peak seasons for North American destinations and they will charge you accordingly. However, if you’re able to wait until the end of August, you may encounter the fabled “summer end deals” on many travel destinations, not to mention that tourist seasons might be winding down, resulting in less hiked-up prices on everything from restaurants to accommodations. The last week of August is particularly great in terms of saving money, and the weather will still be just as lovely. A family ventures out on a canoe trip during their summer vacation. It’s beautiful While it’s associated with the dreaded return of annoying back-to-school commercials, August is still summer, folks. It’s another great month to take advantage of beautiful weather, the great outdoors and summer sunsets. As an added bonus to those who enjoy camping or stargazing, August is when the annual Perseid meteor showers take place! Furthermore, much of the summer’s peak hustle and bustle in the form of events, festivals and tourists ends in July. As such, you can take advantage of your own city with your time off, or take a more relaxed vacation away while the weather is still good. August usually also has less of the intense heat its cousin July does, and as it comes to a close, you get all the sunshine of summer without the clammy, pea-soup humidity to deal with. What’s not to love?

The beautiful white-sand beaches at Sandbanks in Ontario There’s still tons to do While we’ve agreed so far that August is a more relaxed version of summer, it’s definitely not boring. While June and July usually get the brunt of summer festivals, Canadian favorites like Osheaga in Montreal (August 1-2-3), Toronto‘s famed Taste of the Danforth (August 8th-10th), Winnipeg‘s Downtown Concert Series (all through August), or Vancouver‘s Pride Festival (August 3rd) are all August events not to be missed, and that was just the tip of the iceberg! The same is true throughout Canada and the U.S. (should you choose to travel there), and with a little research, you’ll be having one of the best vacations yet.

Crowds at the annual Osheaga Festival in Montreal We admit that yes, summer is almost over… but on the glass-half-full side of things, you still have one glorious month to enjoy the sunshine, music, barbecues, t-shirts and swimming! August is a real gem in the summer months and we’d love to hear how you plan on enjoying it in the comments below. Want more suggestions? Check out how to make the best of summer! Check out where to travel in August ! Furthermore, if you’re looking for great neighborhoods you could spend your future Augusts in, take a look at Navut’s Neighborhood Finder! (Photos: TraveltalesofLife,OutintheCounty, Wikimedia)

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