Ah, winter. Isn’t it grand? The leaves have changed and fallen, the air takes on a brisk nip as the wind blows across your face, and the holiday cheer still lingers in you as you walk the snowy streets. Truly winter is one of the loveliest seasons. If you’re like most folks living in the East End, you love a winter vacation to take you out of the hustle and bustle of the city. With summer travels so far off, it’s no wonder so many look forward to a wintertime getaway. This winter, as you make your plans, be sure to take note of these 5 tips. Trust us, they’ll come in handy as you sort out how to make the most of the snowy season.
Tip #1: Think hard about where you want to go
Are you a snowbird who longs for the kiss of the sun all year long? If so, heading south to Florida or West to California might be your best bet. The warm sun and the soft sandy beaches will do wonders to improve your health. Make sure you check with the family before booking – you don’t want a calamite on your hands.
Or, perhaps you are a lover of all things winter, and want to revel in what the season has to offer. And why shouldn’t you? With such mirthful options as snowball fights and skiing, snowshoeing and fireside lounging, taking in the best of winter is always a great option for a vacation. Perhaps the family cabin in Aspen will do for a vacation, or maybe some time with the family in the Hamptons. Either way, let it snow, we say!
Tip #2: Remember to pack the right supplies
The key to a trip well-had is to have all the supplies you need. Naturally, if you’re headed into the mountains for a bit of skiing and snowboarding, you’ll want a good puffer jacket and snowboard socks to keep you warm from après-ski to dinner time. Some of our winter vacation staple supplies include:
- Woolen sweater
- Waterproof boots
- Hot chocolate
- Long underwear
- Cozy scarf
Of course, if you do decide to head out in search of warmer weather, these supplies would make no sense – indeed, no sense at all. For warmer climes, it is often suggested that you pack
- Short pants
- Foot thongs
- Hawaiian print shirts
Don’t be caught dead without the right supplies! They are an absolute must.
Tip #3: Consider first class
Now, you didn’t get where you are by squandering your money, of course. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the best of what life has to offer now and then. And besides, when you’re on vacation, that’s your chance to truly live it up. Why not splurge a little and consider purchasing a first class ticket. Lounging back in a reclining seat as your plane leaves the ground is the perfect way to get you in the vacation mindset. Other perks of first class include:
Tip #4: Scope out the fine dining options ahead of time
Don’t get caught arguing in the hotel room about whether the fois gras restaurant or the steak tartare joint will be the pick of the evening. Plan ahead of time which of the local restaurants you want to visit during your stay in your vacation destination. If you happen to be going abroad, be sure to research the local fare so you know ahead of time which options you are most excited for.
Most destinations will also boast a fine cocktail bar, so whether it’s a martini or a highball you’re craving, be sure that you look ahead to see what the local cocktail bars offer.
Tip #5: Prepare for your return
The unspoken worst part about vacation is having to leave. After soaking up the sun on a warm beach or sitting by the hearth in a ski lodge, the last thing you want to do is get on the subway and head into town to sit at a desk all day. Alas, such is life. The best thing you can do for yourself to combat that feeling of dread during your last few days of vacation is to plan ahead. Take some time to pause and reflect on your last day, or do some yoga to be more mindful during the transition.
This winter, make the most of your vacation. Try out these tips and have a simply splendid time the next time you get away from the city!