updated 5/3/2010 10:12:54 AM ET 2010-05-03T14:12:54

Book by: May 13, 2010

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Travel by: Through August 31

The deal: While we are enjoying the spring blossoms and busy trying to get our bodies looking their very best for swimsuit season, folks in the Southern Hemisphere are gearing up for winter, but they’re not dusting off snow shovels and sprinkling rock salt throughout the streets.

Visiting these distant destinations doesn’t have to be a far-fetched idea, because temperatures in places like Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Fiji, and the French Polynesia are still downright pleasant this time of year and the travel discounts are unbeatable.

For a limited time, the InterContinental Hotels Group has launched an early bird specialthat slashes up to 50 percent off nightly rates at 52 participating properties in the South Pacific during the months of June, July, and August.

Stay at deluxe hotels such as InterContinental Sydney, InterContinental Bora Bora Thalasso, InterContinental Wellington, Crowne Plaza Darling Harbour, and Crowne Plaza Auckland, among others, for chump change and enjoy a broad range of amenities at each resort. Just be sure to secure these low rates soon, as this massive sales ends promptly on May 13.

The dollars: Rates are based on double occupancy. Taxes and fees are additional.

The catch: Surfing lessons not included.

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