Turn up the heat, turn down the price in "hot" cities.
If you've always wanted to see Las Vegas but need a sure bet on low pricing, visit Sin City in July and August when hotels are clamoring for guests.
"Don't let 115 degrees on the thermometer scare you," said SRI Travel & Promotion owner Renee Werbin, who points out that "Everything is air conditioned and you can take trams between hotels."
Miami is also a good bet for cheap travel in the summertime, and the traditionally hot and humid summers of New Orleans mean you can also find some fabulous deals in the Big Easy.
Winter is easy on the wallet and full of options.
There may be a gray sky behind the Eiffel Tower or Big Ben when you take your vacation photos, but that's nothing a little photo editing can't fix. Nothing beats Europe in the fall and winter if you want more bang for your buck.
"Common sense is always your guide. Travel to Europe in the winter months and stay in deluxe accommodations that would cost substantially more in spring and summer seasons," said Werbin.
A Canadian (non-ski) holiday is also something to consider if you can handle the cold temperatures that usually freeze the prices at lower-than-normal numbers. And if you're looking for something exotic, Asia is usually on sale as well.
"Asian prices always drop during winter months; even Tokyo can be a bargain prospect in January and February," said Travelzoo Senior Editor Gabe Saglie.
Of course there's an exception to the winter discounts: unless you're extremely flexible, it's usually hard to find a deal between Christmas and New Year's Eve.
You'll also be hard-pressed to find a safari on a clearance rack, but if you want to do it for the lowest price possible, go during the hotter, rainier season in southern and central Africa between November and February. But keep in mind that there's a school holiday in December, so November, January and February are the best bets.
"Our winter time is hot, hot, hot down in South Africa, which is when you'll see some savings," said Freedman.
Werbin said she reminds her clients, "Animals are never on vacation."