How to save money and avoid crowds while traveling

Written by Danae Mercer for CNN

Top tips from Simon Ball about the perks of vacations in the off peak season

Florence, Florida and the Mediterranean are all spots loved for their warm weather and promise of sun. But heading there during the colder months can mean incredible discounts and quiet attractions.

“In winter, Florence is still vibrant but much quieter, allowing easier access to the cultural gems of the city in a more pleasant environment,” says Simon Ball, owner of Tuscany Now & More. It’s colder, of course. “But it’s still significantly warmer than many other parts of Europe.”

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