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Seeing the world on less money is easier than you think. Just go in the offseason.

Venice in winter may mean ice on the canals, but it also means easier restaurant reservations - and thinner crowds on the Piazza San Marco. Venice in winter may mean ice on the canals, but it also means easier restaurant reservations - and thinner crowds on the Piazza San Marco. (Marco Sabadin/AFP/Getty Images)
By Patricia Harris and David Lyon
Globe Correspondents / February 26, 2012
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A veteran travel-writing pair learn that not being captive to the calendar produces some of their most memorable experiences. European cities in the winter, the Caribbean and ski resorts in summer are unlikely destinations. But aside from lower prices and smaller crowds such places reveal themselves in subtle, beautiful ways that are not as obvious during high season.

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