Tips for Fall Travel

by Country Inns & Suites
Thursday, September 27, 2012

fall leaves

The weather is getting cooler and the kids may be back in school, but the fall season is still a popular time for travel – and the holiday season will be upon us before we know it!

Getting to and from your destination should be as hassle-free as possible so you can enjoy your vacation from beginning to end! Check out these five travel tips to help you have a great fall vacation:

1. Plan your trip in advance

Popular fall destinations, such as those ideal for viewing the changing leaf colors, can fill up fast in September and October, so you should plan ahead to secure your lodging and other reservations. There are several great places to go “leaf peeping” in the U.S. this fall. Before you pack up the car or hop on a plane, check out our searchable map to find a nearby Country Inns & Suites hotel!

2. Pack layers of clothing

Fall weather can be unpredictable, even during a short weekend trip. Check the weather for your destination before packing, and remember to prepare for both warmer and cooler temperatures.  A slightly larger suitcase is worth the extra size and weight if it allows you to pack the sweater you’ll want to wear on a chilly fall night!

3. Pack a larger suitcase

As we mentioned above, packing in layers may require you to bring a larger suitcase than you would during the summer months. All of those jeans, bulky sweaters, and warm shoes and boots take up much more space than tank tops, sandals, and swimsuits! Prepare to make room for your larger bag in your vehicle if you’re taking a road trip, and be aware of carry-on sizes and checked bag fees if you’ll be flying to your destination.

4. Take advantage of summer destinations

Remember all of those warm-weather destinations and attractions that were expensive and ridiculously busy over the summer? Now that the temperature is starting to drop, those same destinations can be more affordable and less crowded – perfect for a fall getaway. Think about planning a trip to the beach, a popular amusement park, or even booking a vacation for an off-peak cruise.

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5. Travel during off-peak times

Avoid flying or driving during popular travel days and times, such as Friday rush hour.  If you can be flexible with your travel departure and return times, you should be able to minimize long airport lines and traffic back-ups.


Do you have any helpful travel tips you use during the fall season? Share them with us in the comments below – we’d love to hear them!