Are the winter blues getting you down? Tired of shoveling snow off your front porch or scraping the ice off of your windshield before going to work only to get home and it’s dark again? We’ve all been there. So what better way to beat the winter blahs by going somewhere warm and sunny?
While traveling can be expensive, here are some options that will make both you and your bank account smiling, and you won’t even need your passport to get there:
Davenport, Florida has a reputation for being the place to stay if you don’t want to stay in Orlando, but still want to be close enough to do all the theme parks – Disney, Universal Studios, Seaworld, etc. This town, though, has some truly exceptional features all of its own. Located right by Kissimmee State Park and the Highlands Reserve Golf Club, there’s plenty to do outside, lots of great restaurants and bars, and plenty of retail locations if you want to squeeze in some shopping.
Hawaii isn’t exactly known for being the most affordable vacation spots, but Hilo, Hawaii is actually one of the less pricey options in all of the United States if you’re looking for a winter getaway. The scenery is absolutely stunning, from the Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo, the only United States zoo in a tropical rainforest, to Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, to Kilauea Caldera, an active volcano, Hilo has countless natural attractions to offer – and not to mention some really spectacular photo ops!
Santa Catalina Island, California
Known by some as America’s Capri, Santa Catalina Island rests just off the coast of Los Angeles and has seen its fair share of celebrity guests attracted by its beauty. Glass-bottom boats offer tours of the reefs and shipwrecks; snorkeling and scuba diving are available if you want a closer look. There are fly fishing and parasailing, and tours of the island by bus or jeep. The Catalina Casino offers a unique glimpse into the history of the Native Americans who had originally settled on the island.
If you’re looking to get a few more stamps on that passport, check out Playa del Carmen on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico (Isla Holbox is a great option, too!), San Juan, Puerto Rico, or Hamilton Parish, Bermuda which is, just a short plane ride away from the States, but feels like an entirely different world once you get there.