Today is my husband’s birthday and for the past three years we have been taking a winter vacation to celebrate. Even though we live close to the beach, we travel 2 and a half hours to another beach. It’s not warm here, but it’s not home. It’s a week where we can spend time in a different atmosphere, and just have fun. We take this trip with our 12 closest friends. We are big board gamers, and we all bring our favorite games and play all weekend. As I was sitting here thinking about something travel related to write about, it got me thinking. Why do we predominately take our vacations during the summer? Why not divide the long winter season up by taking a much-deserved vacation? I have put together 5 reasons why you should start planning for a winter vacation.
The beach house that we are staying in is almost 6,000 sq. ft. It includes 10 bedrooms, 10 full bathrooms and 2 half baths, 2 kitchens, 2 living areas, 2 dining room areas, a theatre room, two recreation areas that include arcade games, air hockey, table tennis, and a basketball game. There is even a billiards room. In the winter you will only pay $2,495/week. Which is only $205 person/per week for our group of 12. In the summer you will pay $6,950/week. That’s a $4,455 increase.
Nice Break After Holiday Rush
After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, why not take some time to breath? While the holidays are a time of togetherness and love, it can also be a time of stress. We all need a break once in a while, what better time than shortly after?
This is one of my favorite reasons to travel during the winter time. I am an introvert and crowdedness can often overwhelm me. If you travel to a summer destination during the winter (i.e. the beach), rental neighborhoods can be a ghost town. We literally pulled up into the neighborhood last night and it was pitch black. Literally no one is here. The only downside to traveling to summer destinations in the winter is the fact that there are hardly any restaurants open. The grocery stores don’t offer everything that they normally would either (smaller selection in the meat section, etc.). It’s not a problem though if you are staying in a rental home. Simply bring your food with you if it’s a short drive, or plan according to what the grocery stores may offer during the month you will be traveling there.
When you live in a place that is extremely cold, you often stay indoors most of the time to stay warm. This can be frustrating. In my case, the trip that we are on is only 2 and a half hours away from my home, which is on the east coast. It is still cool here, but the vacation house is much larger, which provides a different atmosphere. The beach is only a walk down the street, so I bundle up and take the walk. Back home, the beach is 30 minutes away from where I live. I also have to find street parking and walk to it. With that being said, I’m less likely to visit the beach at home in the winter months, despite the fact that it is so close.
Seasonal Affective Disorder
“Did you know that seasonal affective disorder is estimated to affect 10 million Americans? Another 10 percent to 20 percent may have mild SAD. Research suggested that people with SAD also may produce less Vitamin D in response to sunlight; vitamin D is believed to play a role in serotonin activity. Insufficiency of vitamin D is associated with clinically significant depression symptoms.” (Psychology Today) https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder
According to Psychology Today, they suggest planning pleasurable activities for the winter season (as well as other examples). This would be the perfect time to get excited about planning a winter vacation. Plan a trip to a warm destination and soak up some of the sun to aid in natural vitamin D.
I hope I have provided you with a few ideas on why vacationing in the winter is an excellent idea. Let me know in the comments below if you and your family have done a winter getaway.