By Jim Donovan

By Jim Donovan

PHILADELPHIA (CBS)–Fall is often called the “shoulder season” because it’s the sluggish travel period between summer vacation and the holiday rush. 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan has advice on finding budget destinations, and when to start deal-hunting for holiday trips.

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.

According to Jeanenne Tornatore of the travel website Orbitz, “You still have wonderful mild temperatures at many destinations around the country and around the world, yet you have minimized crowds because the kids are back in school, people are waiting to take their winter and holiday vacations.”

Tornatore advises looking at off-peak destinations.

She says, “Places like cruising, beach destinations and mountain towns before the ski resorts open.  These 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 also 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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