Hot Travel Photos for a Cold Winter’s Day

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

Punta Cana sunset

Parasailing in Punta Cana - would you do it?

Parasailing in Punta Cana – would you do it?

Horseback riding to a waterfall? Only if it's hot, hot, hot!

Horseback riding to a waterfall? Only if it’s hot, hot, hot!

No better place to sweat than a Caribbean beach, am I right?

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

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?

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

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!

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

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

Sometimes the best place to be on a scorching hot day in Staniel Cay is under the sea

No wetsuit needed!

No wetsuit needed!

Summer is nearly endless in The Bahamas, something these kiddos on Staniel Cay seem to appreciate

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?

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...

Sadly my jazzy sundresses are packed up for a few months while I await the next tropical trip…

The iHeartRadio Pool Party was a steaming hot day, but everyone managed to stay cool in the Fontainebleau's pool

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!

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!

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About Angie Away

Angie Orth is Angie Away, a globe-trekking communications specialist and entrepreneur. In 2010, she left a successful career as a travel publicist in NYC for the unpredictable life of a freelancing digital nomad. She’s passionate about travel, the Florida Gators, Shark Week, trying everything at least once and storytelling here at http://www.angieaway.com.