"Dreaming of a Big 5 African safari but don’t want to spend your entire kid’s inheritance to make it happen? Consider traveling in the off season—often called the “green season” in Africa. In Botswana, for instance, you can save 20-30% or more by traveling between November and mid-April (holidays excluded). Many safari outfitters drop prices dramatically and offer additional savings for stays combining several safari camps. What is the trade off? Okay, it can be hotter (that’s what plunge pools are for!), and the game can be a bit more challenging to find (but it is still there!), but with fewer other travelers, beautifully green backdrops for your photos, lots of baby animals scampering around and huge savings, it’s a great time to go!"
—Karen Cleary is a veteran travel specialist for award-winning tour operator, Boundless Journeys. With over a decade of experience planning diverse and exciting small-group and private tours to some of the world’s greatest destinations, Karen has the inside scoop on when and where to go, and how to do it better. She has biked across Northern Ireland, been awoken by howler monkeys at 4 a.m. in the Costa Rican rainforest, hiked a hidden route into Machu Picchu, and faced down charging elephants in Botswana.