6 Things to Know About Winter Vacations

Score hot deals where cold weather is not in season.

1. Take a cruise down under. More and bigger ships are heading to Australia’s ports during its peak summer season, known as Super February. A typical cruise between Sydney and Auckland, New Zealand, provides a “tapas-style sampling of two of the world’s most intriguing countries,” says Carolyn Spencer Brown, of CruiseCritic.com. On Cruise.com, we found a 14-day Australia and New Zealand cruise for $1,121 per person, including gratuities (but not airfare).

2. Visit sunny Spain. Offset the cost of flying with super-cheap lodging. Spain traditionally hosts European vacationers; money worries on the Continent mean hotels should have more vacancies and offer better rates. To catch the best flight deal, follow fare-alert sites, such as Airfarewatchdog.com; monitor your favorite airlines on Twitter and Facebook; or sign up for flash-sale e-mails. A room for two in Madrid’s Hotel Regina recently went for $90 per night on Travelzoo.com, including breakfast and a bottle of Spanish sparkling wine.

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