Woman relaxing in hammock between two palm trees (Photo: Christian Wheatley/iStockphoto)

While March is preoccupied with whether it feels more like a lion or a lamb, you can plan your escape to someplace sunny. JetBlue is currently offering a March into Spring Sale, with three-night vacation packages starting at $249 per person (without taxes and fees) to warm-weather locales such as Orlando, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Las Vegas, and Bermuda. Packages include airfare (departure cities vary) and a three night's stay at a participating hotel. You must book by March 4, and travel by May 31....read more»

Iceland's Blue Lagoon geothermal spa (Photo: Blue Lagoon)

If you're feeling a bit spontaneous and want to save a little extra, Icelandair is currently offering $100 off Iceland vacation packages. Only a five-hour flight from northeastern departure cities, Iceland is an ideal getaway. The deal includes customized itineraries, which include airfare, hotel, and tours. You must book by February 28, and travel is valid February through April....read more»

Cancun, Mexico (Photo: Adalberto Rios Szalay/Sexto Sol)

Destinations include Cozumel, Los Cabos, and Cancun. Book by February 25....read more»

If Mother Nature permits, skiers can take advantage of uncrowded resorts and discounted lift tickets in November and December (before Christmas). For example, at <a href="http://vail.snow.com" target="_blank">Vail Resorts</a> in Colorado, a three-day lift ticket costs $171 for skiing in mid-November, but the same pass jumps in price by nearly $100 starting December 23. To link to the official websites of U.S. ski resorts, search the directory on <a href="http://www.goski.com/usa_index.html" target="_blank">GoSki</a>. 

(Photo: Chris McLennan, Vail Resorts)

Before you bid a fond farewell to winter, you might want to celebrate the season with one last hurrah. And Expedia is making it easy to do just that, by offering up to 30 percent off winter getaways in popular ski and tropical destinations such as Jackson Hole, Aspen, Oahu, Cancun, Dominican Republic, Orlando, Puerto Vallarta, and Breckenridge, among others.

Plus, you can save up to 75 percent off cruises to the Bahamas, Alaska, the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, Europe, and Bermuda. You must book by February 28 and travel by March 31....read more»

Athens, Greece (Photo: Index Open)

Win big with Southwest Vacations! Book by March 3....read more»

<strong>More Caribbean Deals</strong>

If you already have an island in mind, Expedia is offering <a href="http://www.expedia.com/daily/vacations/all-inclusive-vacations/deals.asp?mcicid=hp.deal_allinc0109" target="_blank">all-inclusive</a> packages to several Caribbean destinations on sale for travel through May 20, but you must book by March 18. And of course, keep checking SmarterTravel's <a href="http://www.smartertravel.com/all/?content_type=deal&tags=air">airfare deal coverage</a>, as several carriers such as <a href="http://www.smartertravel.com/airfare/search/provider.php?provider=american" >American</a>, <a href="http://www.smartertravel.com/airfare/search/provider.php?provider=jetblue" >JetBlue</a>, <a href="http://www.smartertravel.com/airfare/search/provider.php?provider=spirit" >Spirit</a>, and others often have Caribbean flights on sale.

If you're still undecided about which island to visit, check out the <a href="http://www.caribbeantravel.com/" target="_blank">Caribbean Tourism Site</a>, where you'll find guides to the region's islands, including how to get there, where to stay, what to do, and more.

<em>(Editor's Note: SmarterTravel is a member of the TripAdvisor Media Network, an operating company of Expedia, Inc. Expedia, Inc. also owns Expedia.com.)</em>

<strong>What are your favorite islands to visit in the Caribbean and beyond that offer a lot of value? Share your thoughts, experiences, and advice by submitting a comment below!</strong>

(Photo: iStockphoto/Pablo Demetrio Scapinachis)

Includes Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Florida. Book by March 13....read more»

Romantic dinner in Pennsylvania Dutch Country (Photo: Pennsylvania Dutch Convention and Visitors Bureau)

The romance doesn't have to stop because Valentine's Day is over. Book by February 24 to feel the love....read more»

<h2>Explore Ireland at Your Own Pace</h2>

Set out on Ireland's open roads with go-today.com's <a href="http://www.go-today.com/site_gtweb/vacation_packages.asp?id=10937&iDept=339&iFrom=01/08/2009&utm_source=fo&utm_medium=e02232009a" target="_blank">Fly-and-Drive Package</a>. This flexible package costs just $489 and includes round-trip airfare to Dublin from Washington, D.C., and a seven-day <a href="http://www.hertz.com" target="_blank">Hertz</a> car rental with unlimited mileage. The rental includes local tax, but CDW and rental fees are extra. Not surprisingly, the base price is based on four people in a small two-door manual car, but upgrades are available for as little as $10. 

Departures from March 31 through April 29 and September 30 through October 21 cost $489; April 30 through May 15 costs an additional $10. Although Washington, D.C., departures are cheapest, you can choose to fly from many other cities at varying prices. Boston and New York City cost $40 extra, Orlando is an additional $170, and Oakland is $190 more. 

Prefer a package that includes accommodations? Try Aer Lingus Vacations Store's <a href="http://www.aerlingusvacationstore.com/vacations/ireland-independent-emerald-package" target="_blank">Emerald Package</a>, which includes six nights' bed-and-breakfast accommodations, airfare, and a rental car for $979 in April.  

(Photo: iStockPhoto/Robert Churchill)

It's never too early to start planning for St. Patrick’s Day, especially when you could celebrate in Ireland. Aer Lingus is currently offering Spring Saver Specials on vacations to the Emerald Isles that start at $459 per person (without taxes and fees).  You can choose from a variety of packages, including a fly-and-drive, four nights in Dublin, six nights at the Ritz Carlton, escorted tour, and luxury castles, B&Bs, air, and car rental. You must book by February 18....read more»

Australia-Koala in a Gum Tree (Photo: iStockPhoto/juuce)

If you've ever dreamed of visiting the Land Down Under, Orbitz new Great Aussie Sale might be your wake-up call. Book by February 17 to save up to 25 percent on airfare-and-hotel packages to cities in Australia, including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Cairns.

For instance, a five-night package starts at $1,239 per person (without taxes and fees), and includes airfare from Los Angeles (other departure cities are available) and three-star accommodation in Melbourne. Plus, there are a slew of hotel-specific deals also available, such as free nights, discounts, and free breakfasts....read more»

Disney characters at the Magic Kingdom (Photo: Walt Disney World Resort)

Show your loved ones you care this Valentine's Day with a trip to Disneyland! Book by February 19....read more»

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