Winter in NYC is beautiful.
The city really immerses itself into the holidays — there are lights, decorations and events around every corner.
This bustling city becomes welcoming, cozy and quaint during these winter months.
But, it also gets cold.
Freezing. Like, fingers and toes falling off cold.
And, after the holidays pass, being that cold really stops being fun.
But, you don’t have to be miserable and freezing all winter long. You’ve got options.
Winter lasts all the way through March in NYC, which gives you plenty of time to scrape some money together and plan a trip — preferably somewhere warm.
Even a quick weekend getaway to somewhere where you don’t need to wear a heavy-duty jacket is enough to make you forget about all of your worries.
But, traveling gets expensive. And, with the holidays in full swing, you might not have much of a budget to work with.
That’s why we’ve done some digging. You shouldn’t have to break the bank to feel the warmth of the sun on your cheeks.
If you’re looking for an affordable trip to escape the cold this winter, check out these cheap destinations.
5 Destinations To Warm Your Cold, Winter Heart
If you’ve never been, you need to give this bustling city of lights, entertainment and debauchery a try.
It’s kind of like New York City on steroids. There’s gambling, parties, booze, dancing and more. And, this happens at all hours of the day and night.
If you want to go wild, Las Vegas is the trip to plan this winter.
Flights from NYC to Vegas during the winter months range from just under $200 to $400. So, keep an eye out and snag those deals. Once you do, you’ll be able to find a hotel on or off the strip with ease.
Las Vegas isn’t the warmest destination during the cold, winter months. But, at its coldest, Vegas temperatures still hover in the 60s. And, let me tell you — when you can’t open your eyes because the NYC streets have turned into giant wind tunnels, even a few degrees of warmth are enough to fill you with joy.
If you play your cards right, you can do Orlando relatively cheap.
Flights to this world-renowned destination are cheap during winter months as this is the city’s off-season. It’s a little colder and a little wetter than it is in the summer months, but it’ll still beat the weather up here.
OF course, the whole reason to go to Orlando is to do the parks — whether you’re more Disney or more Universal, that’s up to you.
But, if you stay off-site, take advantage of the bus system, and choose your park passes wisely, you can easily make this a cheap, but fun and exciting trip that you’ll remember for years to come.
And, what better way to forget about your seasonal depression than with a Mickey Mouse ice cream and a heart-pounding roller coaster ride?
The Bahamas are a classic, tropical destination everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. It’s a popular island for tourists, and during the winter months, prices are often half what they are during the summer to try to pull more tourists in.
If you like relaxing on the beach and soaking in the sun, book the next flight out and enjoy your tropical getaway. The Bahamas comprises more than 700 islands and thousands of activities to take part in. So, you’ll never get bored.
Even in the winter, prices rarely fall below 75 degrees. If that doesn’t sound like a dream, I don’t know what does!
Tulum is one of the prettiest destinations Mexico has to offer. And, it’s much cheaper than its Cancun counterpart — by hundreds.
Travel sites offer a number of all-inclusive packages to get you here — and during the winter, they are heavily discounted.
If you’re a fan of sitting on the beach, swimming in the pool and sipping on colorful drinks, then Tulum is the spot for you to forget about the cold up north.
And, it’s full of adventure too! Explore the surrounding jungle, hike up a pyramid and immerse yourself into the culture to get a whole new view of the city and its inhabitants.
Hot Springs Cove
If you’re like me and you love a little bit of the cold with your heat, then Hot Springs Cove in British Columbia, Canada is the spot for you.
This gorgeous expanse of nature really immerses you into the wonderful beauties of the planet. Thick rock formations separate these hot springs, giving you a bit of a workout on your way to pure relaxation.
But, once you arrive, you’ll never want to leave. These relaxing warm waterways offer gorgeous views of the surrounding nature, keeping you warm and toasty in the process.
Stay in a nearby lodge or hotel to complete this warm and cozy experience, helping you forget about all the subway delays and Nor’Easters you left behind in New York.
And, this one doesn’t break the bank! Just rent a car or buy a cheap plane ticket and stay in a hotel or Airbnb nearby.