Travel Mid-Week: This is the best time to get great rates on hotels and travel. The prices hike up quite significantly on the weekends.
Secret Sales: Travelocity has unpublished hotel discounts that they call secret sales. If you are willing to take a chance on not knowing which hotel you are booking for up to 55% savings on 3+ star hotels, then give it a spin.
City Tourism: Check major cities' tourism sites for discounts during late summer. They are often looking to drum up business during this time, and you can find yourself a sweet deal.
Off-Season: Heading to an unexpected destination like Australia during late summer is perfect for a great bargain. Check out where it's off-season and head there!
Discounted Deals: Grab the first Groupon or Living Social Destination Deal that excites you and start packing. They are often all inclusive (minus meals), so you won't have much to figure out on your own.
Cruising: If big boats are your thing, you are in luck because the cruise industry is currently having mad deals, like two for one.
Booking Last Minute: If you have some schedule flexibility for traveling, you can check Expedia and Hotwire for their last minute daily deals and same-day travel. Come on, be spontaneous! You'll be glad you did.
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