As we move into fall, the travel game changes in some significant ways compared to the summer season, a peak time for travel in much of the world. In order to crack the code of shoulder season and get the best out of it, we figured we should contact the experts: travel agents.

Known for their money-saving expertise and time-saving ability to carve out a fantastic itinerary, travel agents are usually great for saving travelers a lot of headaches. We consulted travel agent Lauren Saiger Machowsky of SmartFlyer and leisure travel consultant Elizabeth Clyde of Signature Destinations, an independent affiliate of Travel Edge, to see what knowledge they could bestow on us. If you’re looking to plan a fantastic fall getaway, we’ve got the scoop on these secrets that travel agents won’t tell you about traveling in the fall.