News flash: travel can be expensive.
So to help you save as much of your dollars as possible, Booking.com has released new data revealing the most affordable months to travel to different countries.
The data shows how much you can save if you visit a destination in the low season, rather than the high season. Mostly, this means that there won’t be as many tourists whilst you visit – which is perfect if you hate slow-walking groups and selfie sticks (and who doesn’t?).
Basically, we’ve got a list that you can use to travel alllll year long – in some places, you can save almost 50 per cent!
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Escape to Rio de Janeiro and embrace the legendary samba-infused nightlife, slip into a pair of comfy Havaianas and take a stroll along the iconic Copacabana Beach. The impressive mountainous landscapes will leave you mesmerised and so will one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, Christ the Redeemer. The most expensive month to visit Rio in January, so travel during December which is 24 per cent more affordable!
Venture to the trendy city of Melbourne for friendly locals, unspoiled beaches, a vibrant art scene and contrasting landscapes; from skyscraper skylines to quirky beach cafes. Take a trip to the beautiful Botanical Gardens and visit the stylish Southbank for the best restaurants and bars in town. The most expensive month to visit Melbourne in January, but if you travel during February this will be 11 per cent more cheaper.
Auckland, New Zealand
Explore a fusion of cultures, cuisines and landscapes with a trip to Auckland. You’ll be in awe of Auckland’s stunning natural beauty, from an extinct volcano, the pristine beaches in the West Coast, and the marine reserve at Goat Island, to the beautiful vineyards at Waiheke Island.
The most expensive month to visit Auckland in March, but October is 15 per cent less!
Discover the wonder of Kyoto and immerse yourself in traditional Japanese culture. Spot a traditionally dressed Geisha, visit a spiritual shrine or temple and be entranced by the stunning natural colours; blossom pink in spring and a rich red during autumn. The most expensive month to visit Kyoto is April so book your stay for June, which is over 40 per cent more affordable.
Miami Beach, US
Known as America’s playground, there is truly no place on earth like Miami Beach. Whether you’re sipping beachside cocktails on South Beach, cruising on a jet ski across the emerald waters or experiencing the hedonistic party scene Downtown, this Art Deco paradise is all about fun, sand and sea.
The most expensive month to visit Miami Beach in January, so visit during September which is 42 per cent cheaper.
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Often referred to as Russia’s cultural hub, Saint Petersburg is the perfect city break for travellers looking to soak up the rich art and history.
Take a trip to the Mariinsky Theatre for opera and ballet, or the State Russian Museum for art. Stroll along the historic canals and be in awe of the sheer grandeur and steep history of Russia’s imperial capital. The most expensive month to visit Saint Petersburg in June, but April is 49 (!) per cent more affordable.