There鈥檚 no better way to break up those long days of winter than with a vacay. If you鈥檙e a beach babe, a skiing aficionado, or a party animal, we鈥檝e rounded up five travel options that鈥檒l get you through those long weeks before spring starts. Between the discounts and variety of things to do, these locales are sure to hit the spot when cocoa on the couch simply won鈥檛 cut it. Keep scrolling to start planning your next trip.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: If watching the World Cup wasn鈥檛 enough to make you want to visit this South American city, its beautiful beaches and nightlife scene sure will. While laying out at a screensaver-worthy spot in the dead of winter is hard to beat, the lavish festivities of the Carnival celebration may have it topped. The event runs from February 9 to 14 and promises to feature lots of music, dancing, and street parading for its one million attendees. If you don鈥檛 want to miss out on a good party, this is where you need to be.

Willemstad Curacao

2. Willemstad, Cura莽ao: Craving Caribbean? Consider this colorful Dutch island known for its lively restaurants and architecture. In addition to having sunny beaches (which is always a good thing in February), the signature style of colonial Willemstad is a warm welcome for any wanderlusting visitor. Lonely Planetranks this as one of the most affordable tropical destinations to explore, so there鈥檚 really no excuse not to book a visit here during this time of year.

New Orleans Louisiana

3. New Orleans, Louisiana: If you鈥檝e been dreaming of experiencing a REAL Mardi Gras celebration, this is the year to do it. With the city celebrating its 300th anniversary on February 13, the festivities promise to be as grand as ever. The tricentennial event will feature a whole lineup of cool shows and performances. Whether or not you鈥檙e interested in participating in the whole bead-throwing, Bourbon-Street thing, the people-watching paired with great culture will make this place worth the PTO.

Salt Lake City, Utah at twilight

4. Salt Lake City, Utah: If you鈥檙e as pumped about the Winter Olympics as we are, Salt Lake City is the perfect place to fine-tune your own cold-weather athletic skills. Visit any of the area鈥檚 four famous ski聽resorts during peak season to get your powder fix, or try bobsledding or curling at Olympic Park. Either way you play it, this is the best city to visit to get ready for your Olympic debut.

Reykjav铆k, Iceland

5. Reykjav铆k, Iceland: If seeing the Northern Lights is on your bucket list, Reykjav铆k is the place to cross it off. From February 1 to 4, the Winter Lights Festival will be held in this capital city to honor the brilliant auroras. Peak season to see the Northern Lights is usually between November and March, when the nights in Iceland are long. If the entire idea sounds too cold for the time of year, rest assured you鈥檒l stay warm and cozy at Reykjav铆k鈥檚 famous thermal pools. Be sure to pack your swimsuit!

Which spots are you eyeing for February? Let us know @BritandCo!

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