It’s cold out there — don’t you wish you were here?

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By Christopher Elliott

If you live on the East Coast of the United States — and most folks reading this site do — then you’re probably thinking about the weather this weekend. Complaining about it, to be exact.

Yeah, it’s cold and snowy. And winter’s just getting started.

Since this blog is all about solutions, and since I’m kind of in the same predicament (there’s a freeze warning for Central Florida tonight) I thought I’d mention a few places that you might rather be.

Chasing the weather

Farther south, in Miami, the high will be 70 degrees tomorrow. That’s the good news. The bad news? The cold wave that’s forcing us to cover up all of our tropical plants tonight will hit South Florida on Tuesday, and the high will only be 64 degrees.

Don’t even try to outrun this cold. Driving south to Key West will only make it colder (projected high for Tuesday: 61 degrees).

The place to be in the continental United States next week is Arizona. Phoenix will get up to 79 degrees tomorrow, and remain in the 70s for the next 10 days. Southern California isn’t bad, either, although I’d head to Palm Springs, which has more or less the same forecast as Phoenix. (Related: How to survive an extreme weather vacation.)

If you have a little extra time, you might want to head to Hawaii. I’d fly to Hilo on the Big Island, where high temperatures will be in the low 80s — perfect weather. (Here’s our guide to traveling during the holidays.)

But if cold weather is your thing — and as an avid skier, I’d be the first to acknowledge that there is a place for it — then maybe you want to go the other way. makes it fast and easy to compare and buy travel insurance online from top-rated providers. Our unbiased comparison engine allows travelers to read reviews, compare pricing and benefits and buy the right policy with a price guarantee, every time. Compare and buy travel insurance now at

If you want snow, the place to be is Northern California, which is getting hammered by it. (Check out the video on Northstar’s site if you don’t believe me.)

Of course, you could get outta Dodge and fly south of the equator, where it’s the middle of summer. It’ll be in the 90s in Buenos Aires next week!

Where are you now? Where do you wish you were? Comments are open.

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Christopher Elliott

Christopher Elliott is the founder of Elliott Advocacy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowers consumers to solve their problems and helps those who can't. He's the author of numerous books on consumer advocacy and writes three nationally syndicated columns. He also publishes the Elliott Report, a news site for consumers, and Elliott Confidential, a critically acclaimed newsletter about customer service. If you have a consumer problem you can't solve, contact him directly through his advocacy website. You can also follow him on X, Facebook, and LinkedIn, or sign up for his daily newsletter. He is based in Panamá City.

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