Have the short cold days got you down? These sizzling contests may just sweep you away.

Yapta’s “9 Months of Paradise by Marriott Sweepstakes”
Since June, Yapta has been giving away a trip a month. There’s one more month left and February’s prize is a 5-night, 6-day hotel stay at the Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort in St. Thomas. To enter, use's flight tracker to monitor the price of a flight; each flight counts as an entry into the drawing (maximum 25 per person). The drawing is Februay 28th, so go ahead and track spring break plans—it might end up being free! Other prizes include Bose headphones and Starbucks cards—both certain to help with the winter crankies.

Cayman Islands “That’s So Cold” Contest
Grab a camera and get shivering; the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism wants to help you beat the cold. Go to to register and upload a photo of what you do to get warm. A panel of judges will pick the top 10 photos. Visitors to will vote to pick the winner from the top 10. The winner receives a luxury Cayman Island vacation for four (roundtrip airfare and hotel) valued at $4,500. Contest ends March 10th.

Pacific Park, Los Angeles “Twific Tweets” Contest

With temperatures averaging in the upper 60’s this month, it’s hard to feel bad for the people of Los Angeles (from New York, anyway). Still, if West Coasters need a little pick-me-up, Pacific Park—L.A.’s boardwalk—is here to help. Follow @pacpark on Twitter to get the scoop on free items from coffee to cotton candy, even free amusement rides. New posts are up on Tuesdays.