Shoulder season - considered spring and fall - is prime time to travel. It's not as cold as winter, not as hot as in summer, making it less crowded, and is often less expensive. 

Why go to the same old fall holiday destinations each year? Instead, consider some new locales. For inspiration, check out our list of exciting travel destinations you should know about this fall:

Trade your usual fall destination for the stunning vistas and majestic waterfalls of Iceland. It's much more affordable to visit Iceland in the fall than in the summer, as the short hours of daylight and chillier temps can result in lower prices, according to Travel & Leisure magazine. 

IcelandFall is one of the best times to visit Iceland.

One fun way to explore the country is via road trip, which allows you to travel at your leisure and explore the natural splendor of the landscape. Marvel at seafowl and other wildlife at the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, learn about Icelandic history at Thingvellir National Park and gaze at the birch forests of Skaftafell Park. Don't forget about the waterfalls of course, from the striking Dettifoss to the awe-inspiring Skógafoss. And if you're interested in fine dining and nightlife, be sure to check out all the capital city of Reykjavík has to offer. 

Dreaming of sunny beaches and slow-paced days away from the hustle and bustle? Consider heading to Spain for your fall holiday. You'll be greeted by a treasure trove of sights brimming with beauty, from the breathtaking Moorish complex and gardens of the Alhambra to the picture-perfect streets of Barcelona. For a serene escape, hole up at a charming inn in the sleepy city of Granada, where you can munch on tapas, stroll amongst orange trees and explore charming cobblestone streets. If the beach is what you're after, make your way to the fine shores of Illas Cies, known as the "Galician Caribbean," according to the Travel Channel. 

The largest of the Greek islands, Crete is an enchanting travel destination for anyone looking to get away this fall. Sit back and relax by the sapphire-blue sea in a cozy beach cabana before heading into town to enjoy the world-class dining the island offers. Engage with Crete's incredible history at the Hania Archaeological Museum, the Palace of Malia and the Arkadi Monastery. Also be sure to check out Venetian Harbour in the city of Hania, where you can take in the lovely pastel-colored houses with a bike tour. 

"There are few places where Hania's historic charm and grandeur is more palpable than in the old Venetian Harbour," notes Lonely Planet, which suggests tourists check out the Centre for Mediterranean Architecture and the gorgeous domed Mosque of Kioutsouk Hassan.

The site offers an insider tip: Head to the lighthouse by the harbour entrance for the best sunset views in town!

Protecting your travel investment 
Before you embark on your fall holiday, make sure you're protecting yourself and your family from the unexpected. The cost of a medical emergency while travelling can be financially devastating, not to mention the strain from trip delays or cancellations. Purchasing travel insurance helps you travel stress-free. 

GMS TravelStar® Travel Insurance offers comprehensive benefits and world-class travel assistance. And with coverage to suit a variety of travel needs, it's the perfect choice for every vacationer.