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5 ACIS Destinations That Will Help You Escape Winter

March 7, 2019 Caitlin Peet 2 Comments

If you’re anything like me, you count down the days to warmer weather. As I look out my window to the snowy winter in Boston, I’m daydreaming of warm getaways (and wondering why I live in a place where the air hurts my face). At ACIS, there are plenty of warm places we offer to travel to, but here are a sample few to dream about to help get you through the cold!


1. Costa Rica:

Kicking off the warm weather list and top of my personal bucket list, Costa Rica. The sandy beaches and diverse wild life make this destination an absolute dream location you won’t want to come home from. Are you ready for a Costa Rican Adventure?

An ACIS group in Costa Rica with the Arenal Volcano in the distance


2. Valencia, Spain:

This second destination is a personal favorite of mine. March in Valencia brings the fiery festival of Las Fallas. There are many legends of the origin of Las Fallas, but now it is a time when artists create amazing sculptures that are burned at the end of week-long celebrations March 15-19. It is a sight to see at least once! While you’re in Spain, you can check out the other top cities Madrid and Barcelona as well!

The Valencia Street of Lights

Photo by Praktyczny Przewodnik

The Prince Philip Science Museum in Valencia, Spain

Read our full Valencia spotlight on the blog!

3. Puerto Rico:

The “Island of Enchantment” will bring you warmth, amazing culture and a tropical rainforest that, funnily enough, doesn’t have any snakes or bears! Since you don’t have to have a passport to travel from the U.S. to Puerto Rico, this beach destination is easiest to get to ¡Vamos!

A view of Castillo San Felipe del Morro and the ocean

4. The Dominican Republic:

Yet another island makes the list because the Dominican Republic has so much to offer in addition to its warm, sunny beaches! While you’re there, you can also do some great work for the community on the Coral Reefs while catching some rays, exploring the water ways and getting some fresh Vitamin C.

An ACIS group travels on the Yasica River in Sosua

Students drinking from coconuts at sunset in the Dominican Republic.


5. Australia:

Because Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere, residents experience the opposite seasons of the U.S., making Australia a great destination for escaping the Northern Hemisphere’s winter blues. Our Expedition Down Under has plenty of sun and adventure to break away from the snow banks.


An underwater photo of an ACIS participant scuba diving with a fish in Australia


These certainly aren’t the only warm places to get away to: Share your favorites in the comments!


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Caitlin Peet

2 thoughts on “5 ACIS Destinations That Will Help You Escape Winter

    1. Hi Eden,

      Thanks for reaching out! We do have a number of teachers, both active and retired, who work as Academic Travel Advisers (ATAs) and help spread the word about ACIS in their home region. If this is something you would like to know more about, please email me at

      Sarah, ACIS Social Media and Content Manager

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