1 Everything is much cheaper. Between November-April you can usually find the cheapest flights and hotels to most places (not counting Christmas and New Years).
2 It’s less crowded. This year I visited Japan in February. In no time I could get into all the famous attractions in Tokyo (it can be mission impossible in peak seasons).
3 Stunning photos. This relates to the previous point. Fallen leafs, nature in the spring, mountains covered in snow – all visions you can get to see in the off season. Less crowds = photos free from people in front of major sites.
4 Great atmosphere. Don’t get me wrong, I love sunshine and warm weather but winter has its charm too. Imagine snowflakes falling in front of the lit up and sparkling Eiffel tower, nice cozy cafes where you sip your favourite hot drink, fireplaces, cashmere sweaters…Not so bad, right?
With the big crowds eliminated, you’ll be experiencing less frustration exploring the place. Also, public transport is congestion free.
5 Great time for shopping. In many European cities, sales start January – mid February.
6 The weather. It may be wise to visit some cities in the South when summer is over. You won’t feel exhausted from the heat. The weather can be perfect in March.
7 Meet the locals. Interactions become more authentic, as you get to meet the people in their environment. You will also get more attention from the staff wherever you go.
8 Winter dishes. Throughout Europe you will find some delicious dishes served during the winter months.
9 Festivals and markets. What better way to spend a couple of hours?! In many European cities you will find great Christmas markets. Muled wine is a must.
10 Winter sports. Skiing, snowboarding, ice skating…there is plenty to do in the winter.
So pack your bags and enjoy!