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Beat the winter blues with the right getaway

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Even if you don’t live in a place currently buried in a snowdrift the height of a kindergartener, you still may be feeling the February blues. And what’s the age-old cure for the mid-winter doldrums? Travel, of course!

If what you need is warmth, pure and simple, think of heading south. Check for sales to warm destinations such as the Caribbean, Hawaii, and Mexico. You might also consider air-and-hotel packages from providers such as Pleasant Holidays or CheapCaribbean.com. And if you just can’t wait, there’s always lastminute.com for upcoming weekend packages. You can also read our recent tip about finding Caribbean deals.

If it’s not the good weather so much as a change of scenery you’re looking for, traveling to a U.S. city might be ideal, since you can often find pretty good rates at hotels in cities during this traditionally slow tourism season. Looking for inspiration? Each weekday, Associate Editor Kate Hamman writes about a different Trip du Jour destination, and offers tips on where to play, stay, eat, drink, and shop.

Have a great travel tip you’d like to share? Send your insider travel strategies to editor@smartertravel.com.

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