The end of summer is nigh, but isn't fall travel better anyway?

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Autumn colors

We can all sense it. That tiny little pit in our stomach as Labor Day Weekend approaches, that bittersweet feeling of the symbolic last hurrah of summer before fall — and its dear friend, reality — set it.

Although summer is the traditional high season for travel, there are plenty of benefits to traveling in the fall. Prices are generally softer, crowds are generally fewer, and weather is generally milder, to name a few.

Of course, for those with families, the benefit of summer is that the kids are out of school. So, if you're traveling with school-aged kids, fall travel may not be an option (Unless you pull the youngsters out of school like my parents used to do. Is that even kosher anymore? Was it ever?). But for those with a little bit more flexibility, Labor Day Weekend doesn't have to signal a goodbye to lazy days on the beach, or the end to impromptu road trips and far-flung getaways.

For instance, several travel companies are offering fall foliage deals. Go Ahead Tours is offering $500 off per couple on any of its 7-day Coastal New England Fall Foliage tours booked by Aug. 31. The tour starts at $1,759 per person with departures on Oct. 1 or Oct. 8. Globus is offering $200 off per couple on its 9-day Classic Summer & Fall Foliage and its 9-day Fall Foliage Getaway tours, priced from $1,979 and $2,099, respectively. And Brendan Vacations is also offering a 10% discount on its Autumn Colors package for booking made by August 29.

So, what about you? Do you travel with the masses in the summer, or do you like to wait until fall, and if so, why? Let us know by voting in our poll or commenting below about whether you're a summer or fall traveler.

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