We have a friend that rents a house in the caribbean
every year for January... he doesn't like flying either so he takes a cruise ship
out of Baltimore
and gets off in St. Thomas, then takes a ferry
Not only does he avoid flying (which I also have begun to loath) but he also can pack huge bags full of food
so he doesn't have to pay food
prices in St. Thomas! On top of that he may be able to spend a couple of days visiting other locations over xmas and new years.
Plus, it's often cheaper to take the cruise ship
in a last minute deal than pay exorbitant airline prices over the holidays.