Taking some time off work or school can do wonders for health and well-being during the chilly, gray days of winter. But, like many things in life, attempting to orchestrate a winter vacation without prior preparation can lead to more than a few headaches.
Whether you’ll be warming up down south, heading up north, or flying overseas, use our guide to help plan the perfect vacation this winter!
Pick Your Dates
If possible, avoid high demand travel delays – these are much busier and more expensive than regular travel days. If you can, try to choose departure days that fall just before or after peak times – for example, choose a flight two days before a long weekend.
If you’re travelling with children, you’re most likely limited to working around their school schedules when planning your winter vacation. If your preferred dates fall outside of your children’s winter vacation days, speak with their teachers to negotiate their vacation schedules – teachers may agree to allow your child to complete a special project related to their trip in exchange for days missed at school.
When it comes to preparing for your winter vacation, the old adage rings true – it’s better to “pack light!”
Be smart about packing by bringing weather-appropriate attire, using your luggage space wisely, and choosing comfortable shoes. Take a look at our Vacation Packing Guide for more tips on packing smart.
Embrace the Snow
While many Canadians opt to escape winter by flying to warmer climes, there’s plenty of fun and relaxation to be had in snowy North America.
Instead of jet setting to a beach or tropical destination, take advantage of a winter wonderland closer to home by visiting a ski resort in Canada or the United States. Instead of running away from the snow, embrace it!
Remember Travel Insurance
No matter the time of year in which you plan to take your vacation, it’s important to protect yourself and your loved ones with the right travel insurance.
DesJardins Insurance offers travel insurance coverage customized to you and your family’s needs, so you only pay for what you need. Get your quote today – simply select your main destination and choose your number of travellers to get started.
Check Travel Advisories
Before you begin planning your winter getaway, you’ll want to check travel advisories for any potential safety concerns in the areas you plan to be visiting. It’s best to do this early on, before you begin outlining your getaway.
Outline Your Trip
While the idea of improvising your vacation plan may seem exciting, the outcome can be more hectic than relaxing. This is especially true if you’re bringing the whole family along with you!
Your vacation will go much more smoothly if you take the time beforehand to outline your plan, including which cities and attractions you’ll be visiting, which accommodations you’ll be using, what you’ll be seeing, etc.
Book hotels and restaurants in advance, and buy tickets to any events and attractions if possible. You’ll be thankful down the road!
Bring Sun Protection
Whether you’re heading off to a tropical clime, or enjoying the wintry weather closer to home, you’ll want to pack plenty of sun protection. Pack sunscreen with high SPF, and remember to bring a few bottles in case you lose one.
Make Arrangements for Work and School
To avoid any last-minute conflict with work or school commitments, be sure to make all the necessary arrangements well in advance of your winter vacation.
Make sure you finish all of your work beforehand, and make arrangements for co-workers to take care of any necessary tasks in your absence.
Close the House Before You Leave
To make sure your home is safe and sound while you’re off enjoying the sun (or ski slopes,) you’ll want to take care to close the house properly before you leave on your trip.
Take the proper measures beforehand to protect your home from winter pests, unexpected accidents, and intruders, including unplugging small appliances, ensuring all windows are closed and locked, and asking a neighbour to hold your mail until your return.
Happy winter travel planning!