Summer Cool & Cheap Off-Season Summer Destinations  

Jessica Lawshe
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We all want to go on adventures. And our wanderlust is never more powerful during the summer months when we're aching to get away from school, work, and the other boring parts of our mundane lives. Yet there always seems to be one little catch that gets in the way: the amount of money in our bank accounts. Well, its time to set those worries aside, because we've put together a great list of off-season summer destinations.

Just because it's summer in the U.S. and people are flocking to the beach, that doesn't mean it's summer everywhere else. These unique summer vacation ideas will let you enjoy some time off without making you go broke. For example, the U.S.'s summer months are Australia's winter months. That's good news for you because that means you can get some pretty cheap airfares and hotel deals simply because you'll be traveling during "off-peak" or "off-season" times. Woohoo!

Whether you're a beach lover, a hiker, or a city-goer, you can find some amazing solo destinations or family vacation ideas as long as you're willing to jump off the beaten path. Places like Cartagena, Colombia, and Quito, Ecuador might not have been on your list of travel destinations before, but once you see how you can get an amazing deal, they might just jump to the top. Places like Reykjavik, Iceland also give you a lot of bang for your buck - since summertime means almost 24 hours of daylight in the northern country, you get way more vacation time for a lot less money. 

So before you book that expensive airfare and hotel for your summer vacation, take a look at our list and vote up the out of the ordinary summer destination that makes you want to pack your bags ASAP!
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Australia is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Cool & Cheap Off-Season Summer Destinations
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Summer in the U.S. is Winter in Australia, which means it's the cheapest season to fly there. According to airfare from L.A. to Sydney is $2,000 versus $2,700 in peak season. Best part is, the Sydney Opera House is open year round and Australia's beaches are the best in the world. 

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Reykjavik is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Cool & Cheap Off-Season Summer Destinations
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During the summer, Reykjavik becomes the city that truly never sleeps because there's almost 24 hour daylight. Watch the setting of the midnight sun, go whale-watching, or go on a volcano tour. 

Source: Visit Reykjavik

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Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Cool & Cheap Off-Season Summer Destinations
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According to Brad's Deals, "Las Vegas doesn’t have too much of an 'off-season', but with desert temperatures that could be in the triple digits, plus a tendency for rain, July tends to be a bit slower, especially during the week." If it gets too hot, all you have to do is grab a spot at a slot machine! Drinks are free if you're gambling! 

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The Caribbean
The Caribbean is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Cool & Cheap Off-Season Summer Destinations
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According to Conde Nast Traveller, during the summer, the Caribbean average rainfall is lower than from September to March and the sea is warmer. It's also less crowded than during the winter and hotels usually cut their rates during the summer to draw people there.  

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