When winter comes, a lot of people like to curl up in a ball and hibernate, after a fashion, until the weather warms up again. Though people may travel in the winter, not many do much vacationing. However, there can be advantages of taking family trips in the winter. Here are some reasons to consider family travel and vacationing during the winter.

See Things You Wouldn’t Be Able To Otherwise

The most popular time for Alaskan cruises is in the summertime because the weather is relatively warmer and the days are longer, which makes a much bigger difference the closer you get to the poles. Nevertheless, longer Alaskan nights during the winter give you the opportunity to view aurora borealis. It is only between the months of September and April that the sky is dark enough for this luminous celestial phenomenon to be visible.

Take Advantage of a Break

Everyone knows that winter is home to the best holidays. Because there are so many holidays during winter, kids often get time off from school, meaning that you can take a vacation during their winter break and they won’t miss anything or risk falling behind.

Save Money

In many of the places that are popular with tourists, summer is the busy season. This means that the prices of flights, accommodations, and other travel expenses go up to capitalize on the seasonal popularity. During the off-season, prices go down as an incentive to encourage people to travel. Therefore, you may save a lot of money traveling during the winter.

Note that this seasonal pattern doesn’t always hold true. In places where the weather is warm and the weather mild during winter, it may actually be the busy season rather than summer. For example, Caribbean Islands see more tourism during the winter because summer is the hurricane season. Research the right time to go before choosing a destination for a winter vacation.

Reconnect With Nature

According to the theory of biophilia, there is an inherent need to connect with nature embedded in human DNA. It is easier to feed this need during the summer when the weather is warm. However, when the weather turns colder, people tend to spend more time indoors and become disconnected from nature. A winter vacation is an opportunity to reconnect, and you don’t necessarily have to go someplace warm to do it. Winter vacations can include skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice climbing, sleigh rides, and other cold-weather outdoor activities just as effective as helping you get close to the natural world again.

Improve Your Health

It has been proven that taking a vacation helps to improve your physical and mental health by allowing you to relax and decompress from your usual stresses. During the winter, some people are in greater need of this boost than others. Seasonal affective disorder causes symptoms of depression related to the change of seasons, and it most often affects people during the winter. There is more to treating SAD than just taking a vacation, but people who have winter-onset symptoms may benefit more from the boost they receive from a change of scenery to relax and have fun during the winter.

Enjoy the Anticipation

You don’t need to take a long vacation to reap the physical and mental health benefits. Even a short weekend trip will do. However, research shows that at least half of the fun lies in the anticipation of taking a trip during the planning process. For family travel, you can take advantage of this by involving everyone in the process in age-appropriate ways. If you take a trip every year, you can start traditions related to it that add to the anticipation and the overall fun.

Give a Gift

Winter is gift-giving season in many cultures and religious traditions. A trip can make a great gift, especially for millennials who value experiences over material possessions. Even if you don’t take the vacation during winter, the anticipation of it can contribute to health boosts by giving your family something to look forward to later in the year.

Now is the time to start planning your winter vacation with your family.

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