Maui. There's a lot of activity for those who like to hike, bike, parasail and snorkel. [If you] want to kick back, there are great resort-style hotels."
WARM AND CHEAP?
"Jamaica [is] a good tropical vacation on a budget — Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Negril. Leave in the morning; you can be [there] by early afternoon."
BEST LAST-MINUTE DEAL?
"Be flexible. You're probably going to have to take a connecting flight. • Some say Tuesday is the best day to buy tickets, but I don't see a pattern.""