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Hit “Defrost” at These 7 Sunny Spring Destinations

Young hipster friends on road trip on a summers day
Written by Chris Osburn

This blog post was updated on December 23, 2019.

Burnt out in winter and in need of some warm weather? For those of us craving to bask in the sun but with no patience to wait until the chilly weather is gone, there is a solution: Travel! Here’s a look at some of the sunniest destinations where spring comes early…or where summer never really ends!


panoramic view of austin

With its sunny and warm year-round climate, endless list of live music festivals, and its famously egalitarian lifestyle, the Texas capital of Austin can melt the coldest of hearts. Whether chowing down on some amazing Tex-Mex or BBQ or singing your heart out at one of Austin’s 250 live music venues, you’ll soon be so chilled out you’ll forget about the bad weather back home.


Enjoy the beach in Honolulu

Hula your way to Hawaii for the ultimate escape from winter! Do some whale watching as you stroll barefoot along Waikiki Beach, dive into Honolulu‘s steamy nightlife, or head out of town and into Oahu’s interior for treks through the island’s extensive rainforests.


The Ruins of Taormina Theater at Sunset. Beautiful travel photo, colorful image of Sicily.

Let the southern Italian island of Sicily gently lure you out of hibernation with its varied landscapes, ancient culture, vibrant cities, and broad beaches. Dip your toes into the Mediterranean Sea with mighty snowcapped Mount Etna as your backdrop.


beach party in miami

With its ultra blue sea, delicious Cuban food, sultry Latin dancing, Art Deco architecture, and more – all done with exceptional glamour – Miami truly sizzles! This south Florida city offers loads of fun and sensational ways to thaw out in style.

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mountain view of phoenix

If you’re looking for the ideal destination for an end-of-winter break, then you should start looking for some flights to Phoenix right now! With an annual average of 299 days of sunshine, Arizona’s biggest town makes an ace base for golfing vacations, upscale shopping trips, and visiting the more than 20 sovereign Native American communities in or near the metro area.

San Diego

girl biking along the river in san diego

This SoCal city of permanent sunshine is a dream to visit any time of the year with its 70 miles of golden beaches where there’s hardly ever a cloud in the sky. What makes San Diego especially nice in the winter is its daily high temperature that’s usually about 20 degrees higher than the national average.


A couple relaxing in Santorini

If Santorini’s whitewashed houses set on rugged cliffs don’t manage to help you banish the blues, its picturesque sunsets ought to do it! Explore this Greek island’s vineyards and villages while enjoying a casual meal and a drink in a tavern, wondering why in the world you didn’t come here sooner.

Where do you go to warm up? We’d love to hear about your favorite pre-spring thaw outs and where you like to travel during the last few weeks of winter.

About the author

Chris Osburn

Chris Osburn is a freelance writer, photographer, consultant, and curator and the driving force behind the long running and award winning blog, Originally from the American Deep South, Chris has lived and worked all over the world and has called London home since 2001.