If winter’s dreary weather has you down, take action. Here are five ideas to consider.
1. Make a plan. Knowing good times are on the horizon will help wash the winter blues away. And by crafting a strategy in advance you’ll have your pick of departures, the best cabins on a cruise ship and more options in popular resort areas. Scan the year ahead and be the first to claim vacation days around existing holidays and school breaks.
2. Embrace a new winter sport. Perhaps this is the year to push beyond the local sledding hill and expand your winter sports experiences. Lace up the skates, strap on the snowshoes, learn how mushers round up their sled dogs or consider an ice climb. Go downhill or cross-country skiing, into the back country and then warm up in a steaming hot spring.
3. Connect with family and friends. Geographic spread, busy careers and school schedules make it more difficult than ever to spend time with the people who matter most. Check in with your clan and craft a plan to celebrate an upcoming birthday, anniversary, or to honor a family member’s special achievement. Or just take advantage of last minute travel deals and focus on the joys of winter together.
4. Seek the sun. Visit Curtain Bluff, a laid-back but luxurious family-owned resort in Antigua for an all-inclusive experience that offers water skiing, deep sea fishing, snorkeling, paddle-boating, tennis, yoga and sailing. Or consider Southern California’s iconic Hotel Del Coronado, nestled on a wide stretch of sand with easy access to the water and a host of seaside activities.
5. Unplug. According to a recent survey commissioned by Enterprise Rent-A-Car, an increasing number of travelers plan to completely disconnect and turn their time off into an escape from the pressures of their jobs and other responsibilities. Taking a vacation from news, social media and email can reduce stress and provide more time to pursue activities you enjoy.