Oh, The Places You’ll Go
Here’s the thing about winter in the United States: if it’s cold here, then that means it’s hot somewhere else! When it’s winter in the northern hemisphere, that means it’s summer in the southern hemisphere. You have half the world just waiting to be explored. Take a look at Sydney, or South Africa, or Argentina, or anywhere else below the equator. And it won’t just be hot there: it’ll be full on summer mode, which means a population ready to have some warm weather fun, and plenty of happenings.
In the United States
Of course, you don’t necessarily need to visit far-flung destinations to get a dose of fun. You can get it without even leaving the United States. There’s a reason why so many people flock to Florida when the chill begins to hit the northern parts of the country. Plan an epic road trip, and along the way, you’ll soon see the freezing temperatures give way to the kind of heat that makes you want to put on all those summer clothes and begin living again.
Choosing the Right Time
OK, so we’ve already established that the weather can be pretty grand outside, and that should be incentive enough to pack your bags and head to the airport. Now the only question left to answer is when you want to go? If you ask us, there’s no better time than mid-January. This is the time of the year when there’s really not much going on -- spring still seems a long way off, and the good times of the Christmas period are slowly becoming a memory. You could say that it’s worth going as soon as January 1 rolls around, but let’s not be too hasty. It’s always nice to leave a few weeks of downtime; that way, you’ll be able to build excitement for what’s to come. So pick a date that allows you to count the days: it’ll make it all the more special when the day finally arrives.
What To Pack
You’re likely to be currently living in thick coats, warm boots, and a scarf and hat. Well, you can put them on the shelf for a while, because you’re not going to be needing them where you’re going! It might be January when you depart, but you’re heading towards a place where everyone will be wearing summer flip flops, bikinis, and light maxi dresses. As such, make sure your bags are filled with all your favorite summer clothes. Although, it’s always a good idea to throw in a sweater or two, just in case the nights get chilly. Also, don’t forget those colorful beach accessories that’ll help take your outfit to the next level.
Taking Care of Your Skin
Now, we move on to the important stuff. You’ll have been in cold weather for some time, and it will have been quite a while since you were lapping up those sunshine rays. As such, it’s important that you’re taking steps to protect your skin. You can’t move from freezing winter temperatures to peak summer sunshine in one fell swoop! Load up on sun lotion, moisturizer, and other skin-protecting items. You’ll be thankful for it when you look back at your vacation snaps, and you don’t look like a burned lobster.
Keeping the Tan Through to Spring
That’s not to say that you shouldn’t be exposing some skin to the sun! You just have to do it slowly. This, after all, is a great opportunity to work on your tan. If you want to keep your tan for as long as possible when you get back - and who doesn’t? - then make sure you’re fully exfoliating your skin before you leave. That will mean it’ll be new skin cells that you’re showing to the sun, so your tan will stick around for a longer period of time.
Now that everything is arranged, it’s time to start looking forward to those long sunny days on the beach!
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