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10. Know the Seasonal Advantage

Summer and winter temperatures in the Caribbean are nearly identical, yet the islands receive far fewer visitors from May through November, causing hotels to slash rates. According to Expedia travel expert Ian Jeffries, off-peak Caribbean trips tend to cost about 20 percent less than December–March trips, and this year’s summer savings promise to be especially high. Around the world, adventure hotbeds have developed false off-seasons with significant lodging discounts. Here’s where and when to go.

Whislter, British Columbia: May-June; 40% savings.
Summer and winter overlap in late spring. Ski in the morning, then hit the mountain bike park after lunch—or go wakeboarding on Green Lake (

Finmark, Norway: October-February; 20-30% savings.
Norway's northernmost county sees little winter sun, but the northern lights are out of control—as are the reindeer sledding and orca spotting (

New South Wales, Australia: May-June 15; July 15-August; 25% savings.
Sydney is cooler and slightly rainier in winter but by no means quiet. Cycle the city's Centennial Park bike path or venture into the Blue Mountains (

Tahiti: April-May; 15-25% savings.
April marks the end of Tahiti's muggy season. Expect mostly sunny days, temps in the high 70s, and dive sites teeming with reef sharks and rays (

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