The weather outside is frightful, but vacation can be so delightful (and much warmer)! We might not want to admit it, but winter is around the corner. While that makes it the perfect time to escape to warmer climates, it can also mean travel delays and other travel challenges because of winter storms. It’s anyone’s guess what’s in store for this winter so be prepared for your travels during winter months with these travel tips:
Allow extra time to get to the airport or your destination when you’re driving during the winter. That extra cushion of time can mean the difference between arriving on time or getting there late (or not arriving at all if you miss your flight).
Connect in the South
If you need to have a connecting flight, try to choose a southern city to make your connection. Weather will be less likely to be an issue during the winter months.
Check Out the Airport Lounge
Severe weather events can be the best times to purchase a one-day airline lounge pass. It’ll be more comfortable to wait out the weather in the lounge and often rebooking lines are shorter than in the terminals.
Follow on Social Media
Often the easiest way for airlines and airports to get the word out about major travel delays and important information is via social media.
Check the Weather Early and Often
Don’t wait until a winter storm hits to make other travel plans. Keep your eye on the weather to stay ahead of Mother Nature and prevent your trip from being derailed. Watch the weather in all cities where your travel plans could be affected – your departure city, any connections and your destination. To check for inclement weather before you depart, visit the National Weather Service for up-to-date weather information and alerts.
Pack Travel Insurance
Remember to pack a travel insurance plan through Travel Guard for 24/7 travel assistance in re-booking cancelled flights, making hotel arrangements, and other emergency travel assistance. Travel insurance plans can also provide coverage for medical expenses and emergency medical evacuations, as well as reimbursement for your pre-paid, non-refundable trip costs in the event that inclement weather causes the cancellation or interruption of your travel.
Always read the terms of your policy before purchasing to make sure the plan you’ve selected includes the weather coverage you’re seeking, as coverage varies by plan. (Need assistance? Call our World Service Center anytime at 800.851.0048; they’ll be glad to help you.)
Germany is world-famous for the number of holiday markets throughout the country in November and December. Perhaps one of the most famous markets is the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremburg which dates back to 1628.1 If cold weather makes you crave gingerbread, sizzling sausages, and maybe even mulled wine then a German holiday market is the place to be. Once you’re done shopping there are countless museums, churches, and historic areas to discover.
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