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How to travel safely this winter

LINDSAY O'CONNOR

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this week, which according to legend means six more weeks of winter. That has some people thinking about getting away from the cold weather and out of Ohio.

For those who are feeling ready to travel, there are lots of nonstop options out of CMH and LCK as airlines like United, American, Southwest and Allegiant respond to increased demand for leisure destinations.

If you decide to fly, make sure to plan ahead for a healthy experience—head here for travel tips and frequently asked questions, and read up on our ABCs of healthy travel.

Here’s a list of nonstop destinations from Columbus to inspire your next trip, now or in the future:

Forget this place, I want warmth
Fort Myers from CMH

Bring on the beach! From CMH you can fly nonstop to Fort Myers. With 300-plus sunny days a year, chances are you’ll catch a ray or two.

Southern charm
Savannah from LCK

Breathtaking any day, but imagine Savannah’s beauty and pleasant weather this time of year. Along with a dose of Southern hospitality, a winter trip to Savannah might just become your new cold weather tradition.

Vegas, baby
Las Vegas from CMH

The lights of the Strip. The thrill of Downtown. The calm of the desert. Vegas and the surrounding area have so much to offer, and many attractions are still open and following Vegas Smart guidelines.

Snow’s out, sand’s in
Punta Gorda from LCK

Boating, golfing, fishing, views, with a combination of history and charm – Punta Gorda is the perfect place to kick back and relax. Enjoy streets lined with huge royal palms, tin-roofed homes, brick lanes, streetlamps and benches that create an old-Florida atmosphere.

Viva Mexico
Cancun from CMH

Cancun is known for its spectacular white sand beaches and turquoise seas. With unique natural places, Mayan culture, water activities and adventure, the Mexican Caribbean has reopened its doors to tourism with protocols to make your trip as safe and pleasant as possible. Just note that passengers are required to provide proof of a negative test for international flights into the US.

Winter wonderland
Denver from CMH

On the other hand, winter has its benefits. Picture it: a log cabin, a fireplace, snow-capped mountains, blue skies, the slopes. Skip the winter movies and just go to the source. There are many scenic places to explore within a short drive of The Mile High City.