11/12/2012 08:16 am ET Updated Jan 12, 2013

Do You Need A Suncation?

After the torment of Hurricane Sandy and the latest Nor'easter slammed the East Coast, many of us will soon be ready for a suncation.

What is a Suncation?

A suncation is a trip where the travelers main purpose is to get sun. Suncations do not have to be vacations. In fact many people who live in rainy or cold climates will take suncations and work virtually from a sunny place like Florida, Souther California or Mexico. It is a chance for a change of pace, to get some Vitamin D and to recharge before making it through a potentially difficult winter and rainy spring.

Top Suncation Destinations:

According to Current Results Research News and Science Facts, here are the sunniest places in the United States:

  1. Yuma, Arizona
  2. Redding, California
  3. Phoenix, Arizona
  4. Tucson, Arizona
  5. Las Vegas, Nevada
  6. El Paso, Texas
  7. Fresno, California
  8. Reno, Nevada
  9. Flagstaff, Arizona
  10. Sacramento, California
  11. Pueblo, Colorado
  12. Key West, Florida
  13. Albuquerque, New Mexico

If you are a little more adventurous, try visiting some of the sunniest places in the world according to The Telegraph:

  1. Ponta Negra, Brazil
  2. Zemi Beach, Anguilla
  3. Belle Mare, Mauritius
  4. Cape Town, South Africa
  5. Cote D'Azur, France

How to Take A Suncation:

Suncations are best done from November through April. Now is the perfect time to start perusing flights for a sunny escape over the next few months. Look for travel deals going to some of the sunny destinations listed above. Decide if you might be able to work virtually or if you need to plan for vacation days. Lastly, don't forget to invite a few friends. Suncations are the best when you get social time as well as rays.