Going on holiday usually brings to mind sunny locales and days spent enjoying the surf and the beach, but that’s not the only type of travel this world has to offer. While travelling during the warmer seasons may be more popular, cold-weather travel can bring in its fair share of tourists too.
An article by Aviation JobNet on trends in the travel and tourism industry during the winter season, reports that airlines and airports in the United States are gearing up for what could be record-breaking revenues this holiday travel season.
While the Southern Hemisphere is soaking up the rays during December, preparing for a cold-weather trip in the coming months or across hemispheres is always an option. If you’re thinking about dusting off your travel boots for the winter season, or are planning a climb in Nepal, here are a few nifty tips and tricks that you might want to keep in mind.
It goes without saying that travelling during the cooler months is all about keeping warm. Hypothermia and frostbite can strike when you least expect them to, and it can be hard to recover from these while on a trip. Layering up your clothes and have a good waterproof jacket has been proven to trap heat better, and also allows you to reuse layers and cut down on packing and laundry. The Planet D has a list of layering tips for cold weather, including the types of fabrics you should be working with per layer for maximum heat retention.
Pick Your Flights Carefully
Winter travel brings with it a lot of risks, not least being the chances of inclement weather like snowstorms grounding planes. While every trip during the winter season holds an amount of risk, one of the worst things that can happen to a traveller during such an occasion is getting your connecting flight cancelled. To avoid this, Condé Nast recommends that travellers book non-stop flights during the winter season, rather than fly direct. Direct flights have the potential to strand passengers, which can be especially taxing during the colder months.
Choose a Morning Flight
According to Lifehacker, morning flights are actually your best option if you want to get to where you’re going on time, especially during the winter season. Morning flights are less likely to be delayed due to air traffic or poor visibility during the wintertime. And in the event that your flight ends up cancelled due to bad weather or whatever reason, you still have a higher chance of booking a replacement flight on the same day.
Travelling during the winter can mean that you’ll be facing a variety of weather types, from crisp, sunny days to hail and snow, so it’s especially important to be prepared. Smarter Travel has put together a list of essential winter accessories recommended by a variety of travel experts. These include a good pair of earmuffs, fingerless or touchscreen-sensitive gloves, warm socks, and tissues. While you don’t have to follow this list to the T, it’s a helpful look at what may or may not be missing in your packing list.