Warm weather getaways from New York

Warm weather getaways from New York

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The winter has been so long, cold, and snowy that New Yorkers are looking at taking more than just a weekend getaway to a warm place, according to Daria Kaldawy, a travel agent with Protravel International. She says folks are looking at doing long weekend trips.

She says going to Florida is easy, or even to the Riveria Maya in Mexico, which the destinations New Yorkers are favoring this year. But with everyone escaping the polar vortex in droves, a lot of places that are a direct 3- to 4-hour flight away are getting overrun. Florida's Palm Beach County expects to hit their highest tourism numbers ever. It is on track for an almost 90 percent occupancy rate for February.

So Kaldawy says you may want to consider some alternatives. You could fly to Scottsdale, Ariz., and take a two-hour ride to Sedona to see the canyons. The weather there is fantastic.

Lee Abbamonte, the youngest person to travel to every country in the world, also has some suggestions: Tortugas National Park (a quick boat trip from Key West), Puerto Rico (fly there direct and then go to the rain forest or the beach or both), and Colombia.

Here are some ways to save money on these last-minute quick getaways, according to Abbamonte. Try looking at all-inclusive resorts that won't give you any expensive surprises and try staying through a weekend because you'll often get a lower rate. Check out Kayak and Skyscanner to book flights, or try this:

"Check out the Wikipedia page for the airport and see which airlines fly there because a lot of times there are some airlines you don't know about that fly into that airport and you can go to that website directly and get a good deal," Abbamonte says.

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