Fall travel tips: Why it's great to vacation this time of year

Fall is the sluggish travel period between vacation and the holiday rush.

They call it "shoulder season" as it's not the most obvious time to take a vacation, but fall travel can be easier and cheaper than the months before and after.

You still have wonderful mild temperatures at many destinations across the country and around the world, yet you have minimized crowds because the kids are back in school, and people are waiting to take their winter and holiday vacations.

Jeanenne Tornatore of travel website Orbitz.com advises looking at off-peak destinations.

Places like cruising and beach destinations and mountain towns before the ski resorts open are where you're going to find some of the best deals of the fall travel season.

Fall weather can be unpredictable so pack for multiple scenarios.

If you're headed to a destination in the Caribbean that could feel the effects of a late-season storm, consider travel insurance with hurricane coverage.

Also remember it's not too early to be thinking about holiday travel plans.

You don't want to wait until mid to late October to book those airfares because the ideal seats and flights will start to fill up, and they're only going to get more expensive.

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