5 off-season vacation deals

Want to travel on a shoestring budget? Go where the people aren't and save up to 70%. So what if it rains?

Want to travel on a shoestring budget? Go where the people aren't, says Travelocity's editorial director Genevieve Shaw Brown.

These vacation destinations are a favorite among tourists in the winter months, when prices are through the roof. In the summer, however, they are equally lovely, but much cheaper -- and with fewer crowds and better service. Even the airfare can be less expensive.

Yes, some hotels may take this time to undergo renovations or nearby restaurants and attractions could reduce their hours or even close in the off season. There's also a threat of excessive heat or an occasional hurricane. But when you save 70% off the cost of a luxury hotel stay, it might just be worth rolling the dice.

By Jessica Dickler - Last updated July 08 2011: 4:27 PM ET
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