In the post-holiday haze in the midst of winter, thoughts of sunny, sandy beaches seem impossibly far away. It can be difficult to shake those visions of sugar plums and nights curled up by the fire with a cup of cocoa from your mind, but with some careful planning you can make this mirage reality.
Hawaii: While mid-winter is typically a rainy season even in the south Pacific, Hawaii offers an abundance of entertainment. For the adventurous traveler, there are many opportunities to go hiking along some of the most beautiful and scenic trails in the world, some even venture along volcanoes. For the athletic type, one can take up surfing, cliff diving, or even parasailing in the warm clear waters. And obviously for the laid back traveler, there is always the beach or poolside. Hawaii is also a great location to take the kids, as most hotels and attractions feature family-friendly options.
Orlando: An ideal destination for families or those who remain young at heart, Orlando features some of the top amusement parks in the world. From several Disney theme parks to jump between to Universal Studios, to kid (and adult) museums like Ripley’s Believe it or Not, there is an attraction for everyone.
New York City: What better way to spend the cold of winter than in the city that never sleeps? The nights are brightly lit through Times Square and the low temperatures are a perfect excuse to cuddle up closer to that someone special. As an added bonus, flights to New York tend to be cheaper during the post-holiday time than any other time of year.
Key West, Flor.: The beaches here abound with frozen cocktails and warm weather year-round, perfect for those looking to have a good time away after the stress of the holidays. Relax on the beach or at a poolside resort during the day and enjoy the ample nightlife once the sun goes down. Try snorkeling in the crystal clear water to cool off, or hit the trails on foot or by bike for a change of pace.
Park City, Utah: Those yearning for the return of better weather so they might head outside for some activity need not wait any longer. Head to a place where winter sports are at their best. Try your hand at skiing or snowboarding down the slopes where Olympic athletes have trained, or head off on a horseback ride through the snowy scenery.