This article was written by Ryan Thomas for Rocky Mountain Whitewater Rafting.
If you think Christmas shopping is stressful, try doing it with a vacation looming on your calendar. Plenty of people travel during the holiday season, but taking a proper vacation when everyone else is ready to roast chestnuts and cozy up in their long-johns is a dastardly feat.
Plenty of people travel during the holiday season, but taking a proper vacation when everyone else is ready to roast chestnuts and cozy up in their long-johns is a dastardly feat.
Prices are higher, hotels are harder to find, and traveling becomes even more of a hassle. But winter vacations are so dreamy.Whether it’s a snowy oasis up in the mountains or a beachfront resort that chases away any inkling of Jack Frost’s chills, taking a winter vacation is a fantastic Christmas gift to yourself and anyone else lucky to come along.
But winter vacations are so dreamy.Whether it’s a snowy oasis up in the mountains or a beachfront resort that chases away any inkling of Jack Frost’s chills, taking a winter vacation is a fantastic Christmas gift to yourself and anyone else lucky to come along.
But how can you make sure your seasonal escape goes off without a hitch? Here are a few things to keep in mind that will help you prepare for the ultimate winter break.
You may be reading this and thinking “Wow, great idea! Too bad it’s mid-December.” Okay, so maybe the idea to take off this winter just came upon you. That’s fine. But don’t worry, there are some tips for you too.
If you happen to be just considering the idea of going away during the holiday months, aim for the two-week period before Christmas and after New Year’s when people are less likely to be on the road.
Booking a hotel, tickets and anything else a month or two in advance is a guaranteed way to save money and spare you avalanches of stress later.
For those of you who have just decided to pack up and leave and need a bit of winter getaway advice, all hope isn’t lost. You actually might be able to get an incredible deal due to last-minute cancellations.
Popular travel sites like Expedia and CheapOair offer fantastic deals on flights and hotels; just make sure you act fast.
Get the House Ready for Winter
The last thing you need is to come home to a driveway buried in snow and frozen pipes.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to prep your home for your winter vacation.
In addition, ask a trusted neighbor or family member staying in town to keep an eye on the place. Set aside some extra cash for them to pay for people to shovel snow if it falls while you’re away.
Pack Warm and Light
The less checked luggage you have at the airport the better. Make sure you pack winter staples that can be easily condensed into one bag.
- Replace multiple shirts with one or two thick, cozy sweaters.
- Bring thermal/long underwear instead of wearing tons of layers.
- Two pairs of shoes: boots for the day and a nicer pair for evenings.
- Pack a coat that isn’t too bulky but still keeps you nice and toasty.
Don’t forget to stay hydrated all around; bring a thermos/travel mug for coffee and cocoa, chapstick and lotion.
Hopefully, this article has helped you come up with a mental checklist of things to do in order to prep for your winter vacation.
If you still need some help, look no further than your smartphone. Download a vacation travel app like TripIt that combines your itinerary, flight schedule, hotel reservations and other important bookings all in one place.
It will even let you know if a better seat opens up on the flight so you can switch and enjoy the best of the friendly skies on your away to your personal winter paradise. Bon voyage!