The holidays are over and spring still seems so far away for most of the country. This time of year, it’s easy to sink into a winter funk that will last until the swallows return to Capistrano.

Snap out of it! It doesn’t have to be this way. Beat the winter doldrums with these great getaway ideas.

1. Cruise to a Warmer Locale
It’s not cold everywhere. Hop on a big ship and spend some time at sea before disembarking in a tropical paradise populated by lively local characters and exotic drinks with tiny umbrellas. Cruises are a great way to snap out of the winter woes – and they’re surprisingly affordable this time of year.

2. Plan a Weekend Jaunt
If a cruise isn’t in your five-day forecast, consider getting away from it all for a few days. Airlines have great deals for short trips, and you can actually save by booking at the last minute on popular travel sites like Expedia and Travelocity.

3. Take the Kids to a Theme Park
Theme parks thrive on summer vacationers. When the kids are in school, travel rates and tickets drop dramatically. Late January and February are great times to head to Disneyland, Disney World, Six Flags or Universal Studios. Lines are shorter, prices are lower and the crowds are nearly nonexistent. Sure, the kids may have to miss a few days of class, but we’re pretty sure they won’t mind!

4. Start Planning for Summer
Even if you can’t take a vacation right now, just planning one can be a great way to beat the winter blues. Start looking at flights, hotels and attractions. Pick your dates and read up on your destination. Daydream a bit about what you’ll do when you arrive. Anticipation really is half the fun!

Whether you’re leaving tomorrow or still have six months to wait, it’s a good time to start planning how you’ll get to the airport and what you’ll do with your car. ParkSleepFly is a great way to avoid the hassles of traffic and travel. Simply choose one of our partner hotels, leave your car in the lot and take a free shuttle to the airport.

If you don’t need a hotel before your trip, reserve your airport parking with Your car will be safe while you travel, and you won’t have to worry about expensive long-term parking fees at the airport.

Plan a winter getaway today and kick those winter doldrums to the curb! And take heart – spring is coming!