Winter is a great time to travel. I know what you’re thinking, really, winter? Yes, the cold, snowy season is more than just a few months to hunker down and close the blinds. Winter can be a time to give Seasonal Affective Disorder the boot by getting out to play; gloves, scarves and all.
If you’re no fan of freezing, I can relate. I didn’t start out as a winter-loving snow bunny. Although I grew up in New York City, my family hails from South America. I didn’t even like air conditioning, much less winter weather. Then, one year I realized that I was wasting a quarter of my life by hibernating during the cold weather.
You can beat the cold by vacationing. The standard chase of the beach may be out of your budget but there are other ways to have fun when it’s cold.
Go for a Fun Cruise
People generally don’t think of cruises during the winter so there are deals to be had. There really is a cruise for everyone. The fantastic thing about a cruise vacation is that it’s an all-inclusive playspace. You’ve got lodging, food, entertainment and drinks on a floating party.
Find the cruise that’s right for you. There are family style cruises, those for the more adventurous and parties on the water for swinging singles. There are gay cruises, ethnic cruises, business networking cruises, educational cruises and musical soirees.
Your travel agent may have the inside scoop on great cruise deals but there’s also plenty you can do for yourself. The best way to find a cheap cruise is to book super early or super late. The more flexibility you have time wise, the better. Find a cruise with a port near home to eliminate the airfare issue.
Try Winter Travel Apps
Your smartphone may be the best thing that ever happened to your winter travel plans. If you’re looking to get away during the cold months, there’s an app for that. Skiers are at a distinct advantage when it comes to having vacation info at their fingertips.
The North Face, an apparel company that knows a thing or two about wintertime, has a free application called “The Snow Report.” The app provides real-time information on the snow conditions at varied resorts. It also ranks resorts by past and recent snowfall, making it easier to find the ideal ski and snow conditions for your trip.
Other free winter travel apps include “On the Snow Gear Guide” to help you find deals on snow toys, “Phresheez,” which uses GPS to track your mountain movements and “Ski Vacation Deals,” a must for those seeking packages.
Other winter travel tips? You may be able to negotiate your way out of baggage fees .Yes,really! Consider also going all inclusive to save and set up alerts for last minute deals. You might never completely love winter, but your winter vacation will make it more than tolerable.
Bundle up, grab someone you love and have the time of your life.
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