Planning the perfect vacation is a tricky task any time of the year. But that’s especially true during the winter, when you have hectic holiday traffic, cold weather, and potentially dangerous travel conditions to contend with. Anytime you plan a vacation, whether it’s a brief weekend getaway or a longer trip, it’s important to research your destination thoroughly. And choosing the right destination gets a little more complicated when you’re planning on traveling during the coldest months of the year. After all, nobody wants their vacation delayed or canceled because there’s too much ice for the plane to get in or out of the airport.
And you aren’t necessarily in the clear if you opt to drive instead of fly. Rookie mistakes can derail a winter road trip, too. But choose the right destination, and you can avoid some of the potential pitfalls of a winter vacation gone wrong. To make that happen, avoid these locales.
1. Regions that are too unexpectedly cold or rainy
It may make sense to escape a snowy winter at home by traveling somewhere warmer, but make sure you aren’t running away from the snow and going straight for a destination in the midst of its rainy season. You should research the weather in any destination you’re considering well in advance. Rob McElwee reports for Al Jazeera that winters in the Mediterranean, for instance, are more severe than you might imagine.”Storms in the Mediterranean can, at their worst, resemble hurricanes in all but name,” McElwee notes.
The Mediterranean is a shallow sea and loses heat quickly during the winter. So, even if you’re planning a trip to a region that’s warm in the summer or even the autumn, you may encounter some pretty unpleasant weather if you visit in the winter. McElwee adds, “Winter in the Mediterranean can whip up violent storms that extend from the European to African coast; create very rough seas, gale force winds, thunder, and rain that last for days.”