Sure, summer vacations are nice, but have you ever tried packing your bags for a winter getaway?

After the holidays, airfares and hotel prices start to drop dramatically, especially since most of us have used up our vacation days and aren’t planning on traveling too much. But perhaps, if you are one of the lucky people who racked up some extra paid leave, you might be able to swing an incredible trip for not too much cash. If you’re traveling domestically, it’s more possible than you think.

Frankly, we can’t think of a better cure for the winter blues than jet setting off to a brand new location. If you’re looking to get away from the freezing temperatures, there are a lot of places, like California, New Mexico, Arizona and Florida, that are waiting to give you a nice, sunny respite from the harsh, winter winds.

Or, if you’re a bona fide snow bunny who loves that crisp air between December and February, you can visit places like Idaho, Oregon, Washington D.C., or Illinois to bundle up and take in some icy, winter beauty.

No matter what your temperament, this great, wide country has something for everyone. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, you can go skiing, lay on the beach, visit a bustling metropolis or sample local food and culture even when it’s below zero back home.

And the best part? It’s not going to strain your wallet. Many places that we’ve collected below are under $500 for round trip flights, and you can even find even better deals in the New Year.

Check out these incredible destinations below to plan out your next winter vacation. Who knows, these places are so affordable you may not have to wait until next year to go.

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