Whether planning around a break from school, or downtime from the office, winter is the perfect time (and the perfect excuse) to get out of the house and out into the world. For some, winter means it's time to hit the slopes; for others, it's an impetus to find some sun.
The holiday season is an enormously popular time to travel. In fact, Disney World gets its biggest crowds the six days in between Christmas and New Year's Day. Winter travel can accommodate weekend getaways not too far from home as well as distant, dreamy destinations for the long trip you've been planning for a lifetime.
Culture-heavy cities like London and Buenos Aires offer up the best the indoors can offer, with sublime museums, unforgettable restaurants, and luxurious hotels.
Farther flung locals, whether warm (say, the Galápagos) or cold (say, northern Norway), provide the opportunity to experience landscapes before unseen. Some sights can only be experienced in wintertime, like the magnificent Northern Lights, or Prague's charming Christmas markets, or Siem Reap's cool and dry temperatures, Marrakech's International Film Festival, or Nashville's annual "Christmas at the Ryman" show, or Charleston's Lowcountry Oyster Festival.
No matter what the endpoint, a change of scenery will do you good.