It's the perfect time of year for an impromptu getaway. The holiday travel boom hasn't hit yet, and many people are saving up their vacation days for the dead of winter.
So what are you waiting for? Scroll down to see where you should go for your next trip. (You can find a link to all the flights at the end.)
San José, Costa Rica
Beach, jungle, stunning scenery and spectacular waterfalls - Costa Rica has it all. It's the perfect adventurer's destination. And what better time of year to go somewhere tropical than now? Get in your dose of sun before the long, dark winter hits.
Las Vegas, NV
Pack your bags and head to the desert for an early winter getaway. Even if you're not into gambling, the sights along the Strip (and the sunny weather!) are well worth the trip.
When you're not courting Lady Luck at the Black Jack tables, you can catch a show, enjoy dinner at one of the Strip's many world-class restaurants, do some shopping, or drive out to Red Rock Canyon for a hike.
There's something captivating about Cuba. Maybe it's the allure of the forbidden (since a travel ban was in place for decades). Maybe it's the legacy of Ernest Hemingway's deep-seated love for the Caribbean nation. Or maybe it's simply everything Cuba has to offer: a rich culture, delicious cuisine, affordable cost of living, close proximity to the U.S. - not to mention plenty of sparkling beaches and gorgeous scenery.
Exploring Old Havana is like stepping back in time. The stunning Spanish-colonial architecture is the perfect backdrop for a photo op. And check out El Barrio China, the Cuban Chinatown.
Travel restrictions do still apply, so make sure you have all your ducks in a row before booking.
New Orleans, LA
There's something magical about NOLA, even when it's not Mardis Gras. Strolling through the French Quarter, you'll feel like you're in another world. And it is indeed the Paris of the South. It's also known as the "Northernmost Caribbean city," thanks to the colorful architecture, prevalent palm trees, and subtropical climate.
Catch some Cajun cuisine while you're there, and stop by the famous Musical Legends Park along Bourbon Street for some live jazz.
White sandy beaches, turquoise warm waters, swaying palm trees and tropical drinks... There's a reason why Cancún is a favorite winter getaway for us Northerners. This time of year, you won't have to battle crowds of spring breakers to find a prime spot on the beach. And many of the area's resorts offer deals during the low season before the holiday rush.
New York City, NY
Ah, the Big Apple. If you've never been, now's your chance to see the sights in the city that never sleeps. Ride the Staten Island ferry to gape at the Statue of Liberty. Take a stroll through Times Square. Enjoy the views from a boat ride in Central Park. And indulge yourself in an evening on Broadway. (Yes, Hamilton is still playing.)
One thing is for certain: You won't run out of things to do here.
St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
The gateway to the U.S. Virgin Isles, St. Thomas offers a great way to experience the Caribbean without technically leaving the country. Here you'll find picture-perfect beaches, mind-blowing snorkeling, lush green mountains and so much more. (Rum punch, anyone?)
While you're there, hop on a ferry for a day trip to St. John, the small neighboring isle that's truly a gem.
Sure, the weather might not be much of an improvement on ours this time of year, but Seattle still has a lot to offer. Try something off the beaten path like a hike up Rattlesnake Ridge in the Cascades. Or take a drive along the Sound through the dramatic seascape of Deception Pass. Who knows? Maybe you'll even catch a glimpse of an orca pod.
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Yah know mon, it's never a bad time for a Jamaican escape. You won't regret a break from our dreary northern climate. Explore all this island paradise has to offer with a guided river-rafting tour through the rainforest or a hike to a hidden waterfall.
At Montego Bay, you can relax at an all-inclusive resort, sip piña coladas on a white sand beach, take a ride in a glass-bottomed boat and go shopping along the colorful "Hip Strip."
Fair warning: You won't want to ever come home.
Fort Myers, FL
Why wait until spring break? With round-trip flights under $100 this time of year, you can't go wrong with a last-minute escape to Fort Myers. Rent a seaside condo - or, better yet, go with some friends and book an Airbnb beach house to get in a few glorious days at the ocean before getting slammed with sleet back home.
Guatemala might not be high on your travel bucket list, but it should be. This often-overlooked Central American nation has the perfect recipe for adventure: stunning scenery, a unique culture, friendly locals, smoking volcanos (some of which you can even hike up to!) and magical settings that are well off the beaten path.
Don't bother with Guatemala City itself. Instead, take a chicken bus to Antigua - a UNESCO world-heritage village surrounded by volcanos. Head through the mountains to El Lago Atitlán, which has been accurately described as "the most beautiful lake in the world." And don't miss the colorful street markets in Chichicastenango, a Mayan cultural center in the heart of the Guatemalan highlands.
Skip Boston. This vibrant New England capital is well worth visiting (especially with airfare this low!) From the historic architecture to the many museums, art galleries, and acclaimed eateries, Providence has much to offer. It's a treasure trove of culture and sophistication at the heart of the nation's tiniest state.
Santa Barbara, CA
You don't have to spend a fortune traveling to Sonoma to experience the beauty of California wine country. In Santa Barabara, you'll find seemingly endless vineyards nestled amongst the foothills in a storybook setting.
When you're not on a wine tour, try surfing lessons at the beach. Hop aboard a whale-watching boat (even if the whales aren't game, you're bound to see plenty of dolphins and sea lions!) or hike into the mountains for some spectacular views. Then, soothe your aching muscles with a dip in the picturesque grotto at Gaviota Hot Springs.
Quebec City, Canada
Sure, Canada might not be your idea of international travel, but Quebec City is as close as you'll get to Europe on a budget. And you'll definitely feel the French vibes while wandering amongst the charming 17th-century village of Old Quebec. Get a photo op in front of the impressive Château Frontenac, the historic hotel that stands like a castle overlooking the St. Lawrence River.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
It's been more than a year since Hurricane Maria, and Puerto Rico is most definitely open for business. The island's beaches, mountains, and rainforests are as beautiful as ever. And, contrary to the images of devastation that still circulate, most of the tourist hotspots are flourishing.
Tourism has long been a foundational part of the island's economy, so what better way to support the recovery efforts than to travel here?
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