If the winter blues are getting to be a bit too much for you this year, we’ve got good news! There are a few fabulous winter sun destinations you can visit for a few days of blissful escape, and you don’t have to go very far (like to southern hemisphere) or break the bank to get there. Lie on the beach, hike up a hill, make friends with fellow sun-chasers - you can have a slice of summer at these HI USA warm winter destinations.
San Diego, CA
The beaches! That’s probably the best reason to visit San Diego when you’re trying to replenish your Vitamin D. The weather is nice and comfortable year ‘round, and there are plenty of excellent beaches to choose from, so you can plan a few good days of roaming the SoCal city eating tacos and lazing on the sand.
Where to stay: Stay at HI San Diego Downtown, a modern, art-filled hostel in the heart of San Diego's bustling Gaslamp Quarter.
New Orleans, LA
There’s probably no place better than New Orleans to beat the winter blues. Everything about this city on the perpetually warm Gulf Coast is festive: the fantastic food, the vibrant live music culture, and of course, annual celebrations like Jazz Fest. Even if you can't make it to NOLA in April or May for the legendary music festival, this is a city that parties year-round. Just don't forget to leave time to explore NOLA’s neighborhoods for some underrated discoveries, too.
Where to stay: Soon you’ll be able to stay crazy-close to the French Quarter at the brand new HI New Orleans hostel, which will open in 2019.