Fall has always been my favorite season. I think that it’s because it’s this precious, magical and fleeting time of each year. It seems like fall never lasts long but it’s just such a gorgeous time. It’s no surprise that this would be my favorite time of year to travel and here are seven reasons why you should think about traveling in the fall.
Photo by my talented husband // Matt Wunder Photography
» The Weather » In my opinion, nothing beats fall weather. It’s cool enough to wear a sweater in the city, you’re more comfortable doing more intense hikes and it’s just an all-around extremely pleasant experience. Plus, I love the rain that comes in the fall because it’s often brief and just leaves a glorious fresh feeling in the air.
» Campfires » I love to camp, but a campfire in the summer just doesn’t feel the same as it does in the fall. When the air is cool and you get the warmth from the crackling fire, there’s just nothing like it. If you add s’mores in the evening or a foil breakfast and coffee in the morning then you’ve perfected the fall campfire experience.
» The Clothes » This is the clothes-lover in me talking. I love to accessorize and I love to be comfy and snug. Fall is the perfect season for these two things. You can throw on a pair of leggings, an oversized tee, a cardigan and a scarf and it actually looks trendy! I love layering and the warm, rich tones that come with fall fashion as well. The minute the temps drop below 80, I’m wearing boots and bringing a sweater along, you know, just in case.
» Beat the Crowds » Fall is one of the shoulder seasons which means less people are out and about in the places you want to visit. I love being able to visit a National Park or even a museum and feel like I have my piece of that place to myself. Plus, sometimes, because it’s a shoulder season, you can get things for less money as well – double bonus! *Now keep in mind if you visit a place famous for their “leaf season” this might be the opposite, but I’ve found it to be true in many places.
» The Festivals » When fall comes around, that means fun festivals are coming too. Apple festivals, Oktoberfests, Halloween festivities, pumpkin patches, craft fairs… It’s all happening in the fall. Make a day trip out of a fun festival at home or away.
» The Food » If you’re like me you’d agree that a soup or chili just doesn’t taste the same when it’s 100 degrees outside. I also love pumpkin, and not just in coffee, but I love pumpkin risotto and ravioli too! Don’t forget about the breads. There’s nothing better when you pop in a coffee shop on the road and find a pastry case full of zucchini or pumpkin bread. Let’s be honest, eating food is a big part of the fun in traveling too!
» The Natural Look » There’s no denying that fall is a gorgeous season. Leaf seasons happen all over the world and even though some places are better known for their fall foliage, you can find pieces of that beauty everywhere. When the leaves change be sure to enjoy that moment that only comes around once a year.
What about you? What’s your favorite season to travel in and why?
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