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May 31, 2017

Travelers looking to plan a summer vacation on a tight budget may be surprised how far their money will go in June.

According to data compiled by global booking site Booking.com, the major Middle Eastern cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai are two of the cheapest international destinations to visit in June.

During the third week of June, hotel rates in Abu Dhabi could be 62 percent cheaper than the most expensive week of the year, while the same week in Dubai (home to the world’s tallest building) could bring savings of a staggering 70 percent. While high temperatures hover around 100 degrees Fahrenheit in both cities, the desert heat is a draw to many, and the evenings are lovely.

In the same region, travelers can find steeply discounted rates on a hotel room in Istanbul, where the third week of June has historically been 34 percent cheaper than the most expensive week of the year.

Need a break from the heat? The weather in Buenos Aires is nice and cool this time of year, and hotel rates may be 25 percent cheaper during the first week of June than the most expensive week of the year. 

And for travelers seeking a trip closer to home, Florida is your best bet in June. Booking.com’s data team found savings of between 20 and 53 percent for destinations across the Sunshine State. The first week of June holds the most potential savings for Orlando (40 percent), Fort Lauderdale (46 percent), Miami (49 percent), and Key West (50 percent), while the last week of June could reveal hotel room savings of 53 percent in Miami Beach.

Another affordable option in Florida is the lesser-known New Smyrna Beach, where booking a hotel room during the second week of June could be 20 percent cheaper than the most expensive week of the year.

Here, sun-seekers will find a family-friendly destination with perfect temperatures hovering around 75 degrees. It’s best known as a low-key surf destination just north of Orlando.

Looking for more affordable June destinations? Travelers visiting New York City in June can score hotel rates as low as $232 — 35 percent cheaper than the most expensive week of the year. Even frequent visitors will love experiencing New York City in the early summer, when exhibitions, activities, and restaurants become almost instantly less crowded (and the summer heat hasn't settled in).

In addition to looking at pricing fluctuations, Booking.com focused on places where low hotel prices were met with fair weather and a quiet local events calendar (since major events can seriously inflate the price of your stay).

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