As anyone living in Blighty well knows, British winters are about as pleasant as having a cold bucket water poured over your head. Indeed, sometimes they are just like having a cold bucket of water poured over your head.
So why not forget about winter for a day and make your way to the Active Travel Show taking place at ExCeL London over four days from 17th January.
This is London's newest travel show, sponsored by the National Geographic Traveller magazine, and has all the makings of a fun day out for the whole family – and that includes Granny, too.
Be sure to check out the National Geographic Traveller Travel Stage where you'll find adventurers and travel writers regaling audiences with tales of trips past. Charley Boorman, for example, will be appearing on Friday and Saturday, talking about his epic Long Way Round and Long Way Down adventures with movie actor Ewan McGregor.
You can also catch 'Animal Man' Nick Spellman, who, according to the event's organisers, will be on stage with "a range of invertebrates, amphibians, birds, reptiles and mammals." Hmm, sounds intriguing.
The Globe Taste Experience gives you the chance to sample a tasty selection of wines and beers from around the world, while experts at Year Out Expo will be on hand to give advice to anyone thinking about taking a gap year or career break.
If you're looking for some inspiration for your next trip, chat with representatives from more than 50 travel-related bodies from around the world, including the Thai Tourist Authority, the Moroccan Tourist Board, Trek America and The Adventure Company.
But here's the really good news – once you're done looking around the Active Travel Show, you can go off and explore three more shows taking place at ExCeL using the same ticket. That's right – four shows for the price of one. Besides the Active Travel Show you'll find the Outdoors Show, the London Bike Show and the London Boat Show.
Tickets are cheaper if bought in advance, costing £16 for adults, and £13 for seniors and students, while those under 15 can get in free (though must be accompanied by an adult).