The Cheapest Months for Couples to Travel

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Even if funds are low and you need to travel on the cheap, you can still visit some of the most popular destinations in the world and have an unforgettable honeymoon or romantic getaway.

How's that? In travel, like love, timing is everything.

An illustration of a calendar showing the cheapest places to go each month

January Is the Cheapest Time to Visit...

  • New York, NY - the crowds have done but the sales are on!
  • San Francisco, CA - post-New Year's, you can celebrate without the tourist throngs
  • Washington, DC - outdoors may be chilly, but there's so much to see indoors this month

February Is the Cheapest Time to Visit...

  • Ireland - yes, it's likely to be cold -- but that's what those thick Aran sweaters are for!
  • Netherlands - a city where there's great art to see indoors on a cheap holiday
  • San Antonio, TX - regardless of the month, it's always festive here and a great destination for an inexpensive honeymoon

March Is the Cheapest Time to Visit...

  • Los Angeles - expect smaller crowds at the bigger attractions
  • Italy - although the weather can be dicey this month, it can be worth the trip for the money you'll save over high summer rates
  • Spain - Madrid will be chilly, but coastal destinations -- Valencia, Barcelona, Seville -- enjoy warmer temperatures

April Is the Cheapest Time to Visit...

May Is the Cheapest Time to Visit...

  • Hawaii - popular year round, Hawaii is the cheapest right before the peak of wedding and honeymoon season
  • Washington State - it's still cool here, and perhaps rainy
  • Atlanta - Georgia's largest city is comfortably warm for some couples, already too hot for others

June Is the Cheapest Time to Visit...

  • Phoenix - this is the month they start talking about frying eggs on the sidewalk -- for those willing to venture outside
  • Utah - score some cheap rates at ski areas like the great Park City
  • Albuquerque

July Is the Cheapest Time to Visit...

  • Tucson - hot and dry
  • Memphis - hot and humid
  • El Paso - muy caliente on the Mexican border

August Is the Cheapest Time to Visit...

September Is the Cheapest Time to Visit...

  • Japan - depending on where you go in the country, temperatures range from cool and comfortable to sticky and sweltering
  • New Orleans - go for the food, the music, the fun, but not the weather
  • Orlando - kids are back in school, so this is the best and cheapest month for adults to enjoy the attractions without being swarmed
  • Note: September is also Couples Season!

October Is the Cheapest Time to Visit...

November Is the Cheapest Time to Visit...

December Is the Cheapest Time to Visit...

  • Napa-Sonoma, CA - cheap and plentiful wines will warm you
  • Germany - if you don't mind the cold, Germany's Christmas markets are a good place to pick up handmade gifts on your travels
  • Greece - seek out the sun-drenched isles

The people at CheapTickets, an online travel agency dedicated to budget-conscious travelers, determined the least expensive times to tour these top spots. Go offseason, and you can score significantly cheaper airfares. Hotel room rates will be lower, too.

What do you sacrifice with cheap travel? You won't be able to enjoy a ski resort when it's covered with snow; you'll have to visit in summer. And it helps if the heat doesn't bother you, since that's the time when it is cheapest to travel to places such as Phoenix, Albuquerque, and Las Vegas.

If you can appreciate a place before the crowds arrive or after they have moved on, and you don't mind taking your trip during the offseason, you can save as much as 50 percent by visiting these places in the specified months.

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