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    Off-Season Destinations This Summer

    The holiday season has now been kicked into high gear, and the results are plain to see. The booming summer high season translates into soaring travel costs for plane tickets, hotels, and even car hire across European destinations. But when it is high season here, it is off season somewhere else!

    Travelling off season does not only mean that you can escape the crowds, but also that you can save, not least on car hire. Here we have listed our three picks for this summer's off-season destinations you simply cannot miss!

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Dubai is becoming ever more popular as a destination for sun-seekers, but there is much more to this desert oasis than the vast beaches of white sand. Dubai lies on the south-east coast of the Persian Gulf, within the Arabian Desert, and is the city and emirate with the largest population within the United Arab Emirates. Due to the hot desert climate, the temperatures in the summer months can climb very high, and it is important to guard yourself against the heat and hot sun when you visit - sunshine in Dubai is, after all, all but guaranteed during the summer!Luckily it is easy to escape the heat in Dubai, as many of the city's attractions are located indoors. Visit the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, where a tour will take you to the viewing platform halfway up the structure. You can gaze upon the city from a height of 452 metres! Glimpse into the fascinating history of the city at the Dubai Museum, or the Jumeirah Mosque, which is also a striking representation of Islamic architecture. Or make use of the fantastic shopping opportunities; the Dubai Mall awaits you with its 1200 shops! Thrill-seekers will love the 'dune bashing' rides in the desert, where a rollercoaster-like ride takes you up and down sand dunes in a jeep or SUV.Remember that you are not allowed to drink alcohol in public in the United Arab Emirates, and alcohol can only be purchased at licensed premises, usually at hotels. An absolute zero-tolerance policy operates with regard to drinking and driving, so if you are having a drink at your hotel, do not get on the roads afterwards.

    Orlando, USA

    In Orlando, also called the Theme Park Capital of the World, visitors are truly spoilt for choice. Built mostly on wetlands, the Orlando area is filled with lakes and swamps, which can be explored on airboat tours. The summer months mark the humid season, with average high temperatures exceeding 30 °C. Staying hydrated is therefore key to a visit to Orlando during the summer!Orlando is home to numerous theme parks and resorts, but the Universal Orlando Resort and Walt Disney World Resort are perhaps the most well known. Both consist of multiple theme parks, and really do offer something for everyone, though of course many parks are more geared towards younger visitors. The Universal Studios Florida Theme Park offers tours of movie sets as well as film-themed rides and shows. Universal's Islands of Adventure Theme Park on the other hand is focused on showcasing the most innovative rides on its themed islands. You can also visit the The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at both theme parks. Walt Disney World Resort is home to the iconic Magic Kingdom Park as well as multiple other theme parks and water parks.For a slower-paced holiday, Orlando is also known for its golf courses and spas, which will allow you to unwind under the Florida sun.

    Cape Town, South Africa

    Located close to the southernmost tip of the African continent, Cape Town is the legislative capital of South Africa as well as one of the world's most multicultural places. During our summer months of June, July, and August, Cape Town is in fact experiencing its winter. The weather gets cooler, with average daily highs of 18 °C, but compared to the extreme heat of the summer, it may be more comfortable to explore the area in this milder climate.Cape Town's cityscape in itself is very striking, with the over 3,000 foot-high Table Mountain towering behind the city with its cliff-like sides and flat top. The city is also flanked by mountain peaks, while the ocean opens up on the other side of the metropolis. Table Mountain is a good place to start exploring; its level of biodiversity is astonishing, with an estimated 2,200 species of plants growing on the mountain - this is more than the total number of plant species that exist in the United Kingdom!The renovated and refurbished Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town's harbour offers ample choice in shopping, dining, and performances. With a car hire in Cape Town you can also enjoy the nearby pristine beaches, from upscale Camps Bay to the beaches hidden away in coves in Clifton. You can also tour the picturesque wine farms dotted around Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, or go penguin-spotting at Boulders Beach, home to endangered African penguins.

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