Last updated: 04:27 PM ET, Tue February 02 2016

Punxsutawney Phil Says You Should Travel Early This Spring

Vacation Packages | Janeen Christoff | February 02, 2016

Punxsutawney Phil Says You Should Travel Early This Spring

Illustration courtesy of Thinkstock

There is no shadow to be cast! An early spring is my forecast! So says the groundhog, who did not see his shadow this morning.

The Groundhog Club gathered with a crowd of spectators for the annual event which took place in Punxsutawney, Pa., this morning in chilly 22-degree weather. Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his cage and was placed on top of the trunk of the tree. The Groundhog’s Club emcee interpreted Phil’s actions and declared an early spring, according to NPR News

"Take your jackets off, you're not going to need them,” declared the emcee after the results were in.

Canadian groundhog Shubenacadie Sam verified his counterpart’s furry forecast.

READ MORE: 'Groundhog Day' is the Latest Hollywood Classic Headed to Broadway

If you are ready to “spring” into action, these vacation packages are sure to wipe away the winter blues.

Enjoy a few days in paradise with a Delta Vacations package at Iberostar Hotels & Resorts. Take your pick from the resorts company’s properties in Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic to enjoy beautiful, warm sunny beaches as a couple or with the whole family. Book before Feb. 12 and rates start at $1,503.

Spring into Aloha with Apple Vacations – Now that the groundhog has spoken, you have a couple of days to book these seasonal deals in Hawaii such as five nights in a garden room view at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort starting at $995 or a partial oceanview room at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel for five nights at $1,045. Deals on Maui include studio garden view rooms at the Royal Kahana Maui by Outrigger for five nights at $875 and on Kauai, visitors can enjoy five nights at the Sheraton Kauai Resort for as little as $1,265. Even better, these deals include airfare. 

Take the family to Sandos Caracol Eco-Resort, nestled in the jungles of the Riviera Maya. Funjet Vacations is offering a three-night hotel stay through March 31 at $503, per person – perfect for that early spring getaway. Families can also enjoy the added benefit of a second kid under the age of 12 staying, playing and eating for free. With promo code CUNSALE16, guests can save up to $200 on airfare.

READ MORE: Twitter Slams Andie MacDowell Over First Class Snafu

Book now with Travel Impressions and stay at the Melia Caribe Tropical and the Level at Melia Caribe Tropical in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and receive reduced rates when booking land and air. Located on the stunning Playa Bavaro, the resort offers 10 swimming pools, YHI Wellness experiences, fine dining and more.

Go all out and celebrate an early spring with a decadent vacation in Tahiti. Tahiti Legends is offering the Bora Bora escape, which includes two free nights, a Jet Ski tour, a dinner at the famous Bloody Mary’s, a bar credit and an overwater lagoon junior suite bungalow at the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort. Prices start at $3,395 per person.

For more information on Mexico, Caribbean, Tahiti

For more Vacation Packages News


You may use your Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook information, including your name, photo & any other personal data you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on Click here to learn more.

Travel Agents: Booking With GOGO Vacations Just Got Better

Tour Operator