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8 places for budget travelers to try in the off-season

Jan. 3, 2013, 11:37 a.m.
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Stretch your dollars

Saving money requires creativity, not only in terms of accommodations and transportation but also scheduling. The budget travel set is well-known for staying in affordable, family-owned guesthouses, taking local transportation and even forgoing taxis in favor of bicycles or walking — choices that are also a bonus for the environment and local economies. But you can also save money by checking out destinations in the off-season. Vietnam (shown here) in the summer isn't as rainy as you might fear, and even Cape Town, South Africa, is cheaper during the Northern Hemisphere's summer. Here are eight places where you can stretch your travel dollar in the off-season. (Text: Josh Lew)