The travel industry is seasonal. What constitutes the most popular season for a destination will be the most expensive time to take a trip there. Traveling in the almost off season, a few weeks before or after the most popular travel time, will save you money. This is what the industry calls the "shoulder season." The weather may not be quite as nice, but a more convenient air travel timetable and better hotel accommodations could make the compromise worthwhile. You'll save, avoid crowds and still have access to most of the important features and amenities your destination has to offer.