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Does the cold weather have you itching for fun in the sun?

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Does the frosty weather have you dreaming of sunshine and a beach? Perhaps you’ve begun looking into a getaway that will get you out of your parka and into your swimsuit.

Travel expert Claire Newell says it’s not too early to take advantage of those winter deals. As soon as the weather turns, lots of people do start to think about a sunny getaway at some point during the season.

She says a lot of people are planning to head to Palm Springs, adding the weather there is great right now, and there are a couple of dates in January that have packages including airfare and four nights at a resort.

A lot of people also head to Mexico; Newell tells us there are some good deals for a trip to the Mayan Riviera. “December dates… before the holiday rush, if you can get away, air and seven nights in a four-star beachfront all-inclusive resort for $699, and the tax is ugly, but they’re $413.”

She adds a lot of people are also heading to the Caribbean; a new non-stop flight will soon begin going to the Bahamas.

“There are some dates in early January for air and seven nights in a beachfront all-inclusive resort for $865 plus taxes of $415. So if you’ve done Hawaii, you’ve done a lot in Mexico, and you’d like a change to somewhere in the Caribbean, this is a neat one to take advantage of.”

Other popular places include destinations in Asia, like Bali and Thailand.