Off Peak, On Budget

TOURISM NEW SOUTH WALES

GIVE IT A WHIRL: Winter in Sydney's Blue Mountains

Contemplating an annual vacation but dreading the crowds of tourists packing every airport, piazza and esplanade? Then take heart, for there is an alternative to overbooked hotels and long amusement-park queues. It's called low season. The weatherman may not be able to promise perfection, but low season is the time of year when the crowds are thin, the experience is purely local and the price is right. Forget Paris in the springtime, and check out these off-peak havens instead.

ST. PETERSBURG: Russia's cultural capital is arguably at its most romantic in the fall months of September and October,...

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