By Gabrielle Blitz
November 27, 2013

In the spirit of it getting cold out there (thank you, Winter Storm Boreas), we have beaches on the brain. Our recent Twitter chat on Warm Winter Getaways was the perfect way to get tips on the best sunny destinations to visit this season.

Our panel of experts also have sun and sand on the brain, and shared the exciting warm winter getaways they have planned. T+L Senior Editor, Jacqueline Gifford is “skipping out on turkey in favor of rum punches at Petit St. Vincent island resort in the Grenadines this #Thanksgiving.”

It's no surprise that Star Clippers is sailing to some of the best destinations: “#StarFlyer will be sailing around #CostaRica this winter while #RoyalClipper and #StarClipper navigate the Caribbean.”

For what to pack, trust the experts. FlipKey said, “For a warm winter trip you should always bring sunscreen! Especially on the first day, take no chances!”

The New Potato recommends “an iPad, big scarf, snacks, and a warm mentality.”

Fathom WaytoGo packs “Bananagrams! Best game to play at the airport, at the dinner table, or on the beach.” opts for a “flask and sunglasses. You still need fun and sunnies anywhere you go.” Well put.

We finished off the chat by asking our panelists for three words to describe warm winter getaways. Coastal Living magazine said, “Sunny, satisfying, priceless.”

We thought Official Maui Jim summed it up nicely as well: “We don’t need 3 words, just 1. #Aloha.”

Follow @TravlandLeisure and #TL_Chat on Twitter for our next chat.

Gabrielle Blitz is the Associate Social Media Editor at Travel + Leisure.