Travelers in the enviable position of no longer being bound by rigid work or school schedules —as are many retirees—often schedule vacations during these periods. Shoulder season travel offers a number of advantages: Costs of airlines and accommodations tend to be lower; reservations are easier to come by; the hoards of peak-season tourists have thinned out; and the weather in many locations tends to be more temperate. “Shoulder season also happens to be the best time of the year to book what’s known as a travel 'package' or 'bundle',” says Kevin O’Leary, senior analyst at Priceline, an online travel agency (OTA). Get the full story at Forbes