I have a love-hate relationship with the winter. While I love the way the world looks covered in snow, I absolutely hate being cold. I’d rather feel the warmth from the summer sun on my back and the breeze off the ocean in my hair.
This is why, if I travel during the winter months, I try to make it to somewhere warm. But, even then winter travel is just more difficult than travel during warmer months: delays and cancelations, planes needing to be de-iced, dealing with bulky winter clothes. To me, it just doesn’t seem worth it, and conveniently enough, the winter is not when I have the time off from work.
But, if I were to travel during the next few months of ice and cold, rather than hibernating as I usually do, my ideal travel location would be an island far, far away from the island of Manhattan. Since this is a dream, I’ll dream big, and say that my winter months would be best spent sunbathing in The Seychelles Islands or in Zanzibar. A cool drink in my hand, a floppy wide-brim hat on my head, and no worries at all. I could spend time snorkeling, exploring the island, or just bask in the heat of the sun.
Alas, there are no winter travel plans for me. However, I have been occupying my time planning adventures for my spring and summer breaks to warm locales, of course. I’m currently looking at flights for a week-long escape to California to visit family and friends in April, while also crossing off an item or two on my bucket list. Then, after that, I will spend about four weeks this summer in Africa.
Those plans are the motivation I need to get me through these next few months. That, and the fact, that it will all soon be over, and I can finally defrost. For now though, I will dream away the winter blues with thoughts of California and Africa.
This post is part of BootsnAll’s Indie Travel Challenge 2012.
Week four’s topic: When the weather gets cold, do you prefer to head to sunnier locales or do you love the outdoor adventures or off-season prices of winter? Warm or cold, what’s your dream winter travel destination, and do you have any travel plans for the coming months?