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A week ago I read an article in which the Farmer’s Almanac, the familiar, 223-year-old chronicler of climate, folksy advice and fun facts, is predicting a colder winter for the Eastern U.S. If the winter of 2013-2014 still sends shivers down your spine all I can say is:  Get that warm weather vacation on the books now!

Thailand, Brazil, Bali and the Seychelles are a bit far away for those of us who reside in the mid-Atlantic region so here are some ideas and suggestions for locations closer to home.

When:

  • Anytime, however the winter value seasons are pocketed between major holidays and school vacations.
  • Flexibility in your travel days—flying on a Tuesday or Wednesday rather than a weekend can save some money.

Where:

  • For outdoor adventure pursuits try St. Lucia, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Belize, Hawaii or Dominica.
  • Looking for culture, history and/or urban excitement try Barbados, Curacao, Aruba, Cancun/Riviera Maya (Mexico), Nassau (Bahamas) or Puerto Rico.
  • Wine and dine in French St. Martin or St. Barth’s.
  • Beach and underwater adventures abound in Antigua, Turks & Caicos, St. John (USVI) and Grand Cayman.
  • For the ultimate in romance, peace and quiet look at Virgin Gorda (BVI), Anguilla or Grenada.

What: (questions to ask before you begin the search for that perfect getaway)

  • Do you prefer a large all-inclusive resort with lots of bells and whistles or something smaller and more intimate?
  • If you are a large group or a multi-generational family consider a luxury villa stay (and why not throw in a full staff so you don’t have to cook).
  • Would you like a family focused property or an adult only resort?

Other practicalities include decisions about an overall vacation budget and trip length. In most cases a passport is required, too.

You can escape the cold this winter and make that ‘tropical drink in hand under a palm tree dream’ a reality! –Rochelle, September 2014