I've been giving more thought to going to some of the southern states this fall. And just maybe in order to simplify this decision for myself, I'm trying not to look at it as a trip for the whole winter, but just a trip for the Fall and see how it works out after I'm there. Maybe I'll want to stay for the whole winter, or maybe when it starts to get cold I'll head back to the South West where it's warmer and places to stay are easier to find.
I think by breaking my winter travels down into a Fall part and a Winter part it gives me more options depending on how things go. When I first started thinking of going to the South the Fall is what I actually had in mind. Even though the Fall in Colorado is very pretty it doesn't compare to the leaves changing in the hardwood forests of the South that I remember from my youth. And I would really enjoy being in the Carolina's or Georgia and watching the leaves changing in some of the places I have very good memories of.
But on the other hand I realize that those places get pretty darn chilly in the winter, so I may not be able to hang around for January and February. But with a plan "B" for winter I may be able to head deep into Florida or just go back to the Southwest where I'll be able to find warmer weather.
As a personal rule of thumb, the more places I go the more options I have, and the more options I have the more free I feel.