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Why You Should Plan Ahead for a Winter Getaway

Features & Advice Janeen Christoff November 10, 2016

Why You Should Plan Ahead for a Winter Getaway

PHOTO: The Whitsunday Islands (Photo courtesy Thinkstock) 

Christmas is right around the corner. Halloween had barely wrapped up before trees were adorning malls and stores around the country. Weather, however, is still pretty mild, but an article in the Huffington Post is warning travelers not to wait until the snow falls to make your travel plans. 

You’re probably hoping to take a week or two off of shoveling this year, but it’s easy to postpone your travel planning until the hustle and bustle of the holidays has passed. However, you may find some major perks in planning ahead, and these five reasons to book your winter escape now are just some of them.

One of the perks are the number of options you will have from planning ahead. 

“You’ll have more options for flight times, seating arrangements (necessary when traveling with kids), accommodation options and tours, so you can customize your vacation to your needs instead of simply accepting what’s left,” writes Courtney McCaffrey. 

McCaffrey also notes that travelers are more likely to actually travel if they book in advance. 

“It’s easy to brainstorm about your winter escape, but booking the tickets won’t be as enjoyable after you’ve blown your budget on holiday shopping. Don’t let your holiday spending deter your winter travels,” she says. 

Another advantage is that you can give your boss a heads up and there’s you are less likely to get a “no” when asking for time off. 

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“Wait until after the holidays, and you may find yourself in a competition with coworkers over which days you can go,” McCaffrey points out. 

Not convinced that last-minute isn’t best? Read on here for more advantages.