Every year when the calendar dwindles to just a few weeks and a few days, the Christmas lights go up and the weather gets downright cold and nasty, I begin to daydream about all the places I visited in the past year that were hot and toasty. In 2013, my favorites were the Dominican Republic, Staniel Cay in The Bahamas, Miami and Queensland, Australia.
I hope you’re keeping warm wherever you find yourself on this chilly (even in Florida!) December day, but if the weather outside is frightful, this photo essay should cheer you up, warm your tootsies and inspire you to book a flight to your next tropical destination. In 2014, I’m planning to spend a whole lot of quality time in the Caribbean, so keep an eye out for white sand, turquoise seas and lots of toasty temps.
Warming up with The Dominican Republic
Punta Cana sunset
Parasailing in Punta Cana – would you do it?
Horseback riding to a waterfall? Only if it’s hot, hot, hot!
No better place to sweat than a Caribbean beach, am I right?
Winter in Queensland, Australia > Winter Anywhere Else
Even though I visited during Queensland’s winter, Australia’s Sunshine State did not disappoint
A hot and dusty day on the ATV track is better than a day of freezing rain just about anywhere, right?
It wasn’t quite toasty enough to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef without a wetsuit, but it was still mega awesome
One way to cool off on a hot day in Queensland — river drift snorkeling. Brrrrr!
Heating Up & Cooling Off in The Bahamas
Cooling off in the world’s most fabulous swimming pool – a.k.a. the sea surrounding the Exuma Cays
Sometimes the best place to be on a scorching hot day in Staniel Cay is under the sea
No wetsuit needed!
Summer is nearly endless in The Bahamas, something these playful kiddos on Staniel Cay seem to understand
Sexy Pool Party in Miami -The Hottest Place on Earth
Toes in the South Florida sand – are you feeling warmed up yet?
Sadly my jazzy sundresses are packed up for a few months while I await the next tropical trip…
The iHeartRadio Summer Party happened on a steaming hot Miami day, but everyone managed to stay cool in the Fontainebleau’s pool
Continuing to daydream of the next tropical jaunt with my little sis. Thanks to Camels & Chocolate for the shot!
Where does your mind go when you’re freezing and dreaming of sun, sand and sea? Tell me in the comments!