Hi from Rick: Just What Is ‘Shoulder Season’?
In my early travels, "shoulder season" meant going to Europe outside of the school summer holidays. In May and September, while you'd deal with marginal weather, you'd have fewer crowds and save money on your flight.
In the last generation, European tourism has seen two big changes: more peak season crowds spilling into the old "shoulder season," and climate change making the heat of summer more worth avoiding and the "bad weather" of shoulder season less worth avoiding.
All my life, I've considered shoulder season to be May and September. Now I've realized those months, so famous for being "shoulder season," are actually peak season when it comes to crowds. And April and October, previously a bit dark and dreary from a weather point of view, have become more appealing… Read more