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Today marks the first day of winter! I know for some of us we’ve felt its icy breath already…Traveling in winter can be a little scary. Driving through snow & ice is no picnic and even if you’re flying you may still have delays from the snow & ice. Red Roof Inn has some fun facts about Fun Facts & Tips For Winter Travel to help whether you’re flying, driving, staying with family or getting a hotel.
Five Fun Facts-Fall/Winter Travel
- New England is famous for its glorious foliage as billions of leaves change from green to a kaleidoscope of colors. Generations of families can travel together and enjoy the changing colors in the northern regions of Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire typically around mid-to-late September and peak around mid-October.
- Extend a business trip this winter with a skiing excursion at one of the 477 ski resorts operating across the U.S. 11.42 MM people signed up to ski in 2013.
- Looking for a solo winter getaway? 84% of Americans prefer visiting warm destinations over cold locales during winter trips. The beach is the most popular destination this winter (51%), followed by city escapes (37%), and cruises (12%).
- Over the holiday season families often travel great distances to share the holidays together. The average Thanksgiving trip is 214 miles, compared with 275 miles over the Christmas/New Year’s holiday.
- Even though 73% of Americans plan to fly for any winter leisure trips5 they may take, many report that flying can be stressful for them. But Americans are streamlining the stress by using high-tech tools to make routine travel tasks, research and time management easier.
3 Quick Travel Tips
- Flying during the holidays? Don’t wrap gifts — security will just have to tear them open. With TSA searching checked bags as well as carry-ons, this applies to all luggage, not just what is brought onto the plane. Consider shipping gifts ahead of time or wrapping them at your final destination.
- If driving, make frequent rest stops – winter driving is much more tiring than a summer drive, so make time to stop and stretch. Just a few minutes off the road makes all the difference in improving alertness when back behind the wheel.
- When traveling as a family, hotel rooms can sometimes become chaotic. Instead, try to book a suite (or two connecting rooms). The extra square footage can be beneficial and if you drove to your destination, you can even stow empty suitcases in your car to alleviate some clutter. Keeping rooms clean will cut down on frustration as well.
Remember to take your time, plan ahead and you should have happy & safe travels.