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8 places to escape the heat of summer in the Southern Hemisphere

Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand

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A cooler summer vacation

The sunshine and warm temperatures of summer make being outdoors pleasant for most people ... but not for everyone. Mosquitoes, rainstorms, sunburn and sweat-inducing humidity can also be a part of the summertime experience. If you see the negatives of the warmest season, you have an option: Head south — way south. The Southern Hemisphere's winter takes place at the same time steamy summer weather is dominating areas north of the equator. This means that you can use this time to ski, ice skate, play in snow or simply enjoy spending time in pleasantly cool weather. Here are eight Southern Hemisphere destinations for a "winter vacation" in the summertime. (Text: Josh Lew)