The Pros and Cons of Family Winter Holidays

Posted on Nov 13, 2017 in Featured Posts, Getting Prepared, Packing
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Winter is coming. And while for most people, the icy season is usually spent at home, for some, it’s the perfect time for vacations. Family vacations to be exact.

Admit it, there’s something magical about traveling in the winter – something the summer season can’t just compete with. However, it comes with challenges too. From flight delays to the icy roads, there are a few things you should consider when traveling during the winter, especially if you are bringing your kids with you.

So if you’re thinking about traveling with your kids this winter (and if this is going to be your first winter family travel), knowing about the following pros and cons will greatly help you decide whether it’s the ideal kind of trip for your family.

The Pros and Cons of Family Winter Holidays

Ready? Here we go.

Good things first…

There are surely delightful reasons to travel with kids in the winter. Here are some of them:

It’s a totally new experience.

Snow allows travellers to experience the world in a whole new perspective. And while it’s often a nuisance for the grownups, for the young ones – it’s a truly magical and fun experience. Apart from the snowy white surroundings, there are so many winter activities that you and your children will surely enjoy. There’s outdoor ice skating in colder areas, along with a beautiful display of ice creations and beautiful lights in the night. Yes. As the popular song goes, you may want to let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

You save more.

Because it isn’t peak season, traveling during the winter is way more expensive than traveling during summer. From air flights to hotel accommodations and tourist attractions, you’d get to save money on your bookings. This means a lot especially if you have a big family. Booking early will help you save even more. And maybe that extra money could go toward a sumptuous family dinner at a fancy restaurant, a trip to the museum, or an extended stay in your destination.

It’s nice and cozy.

Open fires, deep sofas, thick blankets, and character rooms – don’t you want to experience it with your family once in a while? During winter, many contemporary, artistic rental homes and cottages become available for family bookings. Isn’t it lovely to watch the beautiful snowflakes fall from your window while your kids enjoy hot chocolate or healthy, warm chicken soup? Traveling during the winter brings not only inspiring views, but an opportunity to sit back, chill and relax. After all, it’s what you’ve travelled for. Just don’t forget to pack your wellies!

It’s a beautiful downtime for kids.

After that unforgettable experience playing with snow, family travels during the winter season brings more time for children to really take time off and relax. There are so many activities they can do inside the hotel or vacation home apart from watching TV. You may want to bring some coloring books, puzzles, or art materials for your kids. Surely, they’d enjoy less exhausting yet creative activities at the end of the day.

Kids will really enjoy the Christmas spirit.

Every child loves Christmas. And there are places all over the world where the Christmas spirit can be enjoyed the most, like in Austria, Valkenburg, Netherlands, Vermont, France and Belgium. It’s a great time to experience Holiday in a different city, while connecting with the locals and learning more about their culture.

The Pros and Cons of Family Winter Holidays

Downsides

Traveling during the winter is really fun. But there are downsides too:

It’s cold. And at times, super cold.

This is basically the main reason why many families ought to travel during summer. The weather can get worse sometimes, and treacherous storms can cause flight delays and icy roads. Of course, you don’t want that especially if you’re traveling with kids. It is very important to constantly check on weather updates. It’ll be nice if you’d do more research about your destination, especially what particular months during winter the weather is worst.

It requires more work.

Apart from doing a research, you also want to make sure you’re all geared up before leaving home, especially your kids. You may need to pack more clothes than usual. Also, planning is crucial. Consider booking in advance and listing down everything you need, from the basics like clothes and medications to the add-ins – books to read while traveling, maps, toys, etc.

Streets may be less busy.

In some parts of the world, there are cities that tend to shut down during the winter. A variety of destinations, stores, and kids’ attractions that may be popular in summer may not open during winter. So, whether you’re having an international or domestic trip with your family, be sure to do your research carefully.

Traveling is traveling regardless of the season. What is more important is that you make the most out of every family trip you make. By being prepared and doing a little more research, you and your kids will definitely have a one-of-kind, less stressful and memorable family travel, rain or shine.

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24 Comments

  1. GiGi Eats
    November 14, 2017

    HOLIDAY travel is something I definitely LIVE FOR. It’s a time when my husband and I can truly detach from REALITY and focus on our relationship and exploring together! This year, oh man, you have no idea HOW EXCITED I AM to get out of our city and into another one!!

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    • Otilia Stocks
      November 15, 2017

      I bet! That is wonderful!

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  2. tara pittman
    November 14, 2017

    I would travel to somewhere that had an indoor pool. Looking at the snow while in a hot tub would be awesome.

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    • Otilia Stocks
      November 15, 2017

      Aw…Tara. That would be really cool indeed!

      Reply
  3. Cynthia Nicoletti
    November 14, 2017

    The time of year that everyone usually gets sick. It is so nice to have snow and the brisk air but I do not like when my family is under the weather.

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    • Otilia Stocks
      November 15, 2017

      I know. I don’t like it either but still snow has it’s charm.

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  4. Sarah Bailey
    November 14, 2017

    I have to admit we always seen to go on holiday later in the year, I don’t cope with winter well and at the very least it gives me something to look forward to.

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    • Otilia Stocks
      November 15, 2017

      Travelling is good at any time of the year though.

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  5. Laura
    November 15, 2017

    Here in Aus Christmas is our summer holidays! We also don’t have much snow, which makes it easier!

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    • Otilia Stocks
      November 15, 2017

      Australia has it’s charm though 🙂

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  6. Claudia Krusch
    November 15, 2017

    Now that my Son is older we love to take winter vacations. We love to ski and be out in the fresh crisp air. I will have to download your Winter Vacation Checklist.

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    • Otilia Stocks
      November 15, 2017

      Oh great! Let us know what you think of it!

      Reply
  7. Rachel
    November 15, 2017

    I didn’t see snow until I was 35 years old! I traveled a lot, but it was always during warm months. I love it in small doses – it’s quite stunning in person.

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    • Otilia Stocks
      November 15, 2017

      Oh wow! Good you’ve seen it now though.

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  8. Vanessa Palma
    November 15, 2017

    We go to Oregon every winter and we love it! There is nothing better than a cozy fireplace when it’s snowing outside. Not to mention all the cool winter sports we get to participate in.

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    • Otilia Stocks
      November 15, 2017

      That’s my idilic place to spent my time during the winter actually – next to a fire place 🙂

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  9. gingermommy
    November 15, 2017

    I agree with all the pros. The cons too! The cold is too much sometimes thats for sure.

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    • Otilia Stocks
      November 15, 2017

      Especially when it’s way too cold to stay out and play!

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  10. Stephanie JNote
    November 15, 2017

    I know that winter is a downtime so you get some great deals for traveling. Nothing like a nice old family vacation I must admit. Nothing but good old times.

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    • Otilia Stocks
      November 15, 2017

      That’s so very true Stephanie!

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  11. Marissa Zurfluh
    November 15, 2017

    It scares the pee out of me to travel during the winter. However, I like to get away from the cold and gross. lol

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  12. Wendy Polisi
    November 15, 2017

    I love the winter time. It’s so pretty. It doesn’t get as bad for me though because I live in Florida.

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    • Otilia Stocks
      November 18, 2017

      That is nice. Florida is warm always isn’t it?

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  13. Leigh Borders
    November 16, 2017

    I totally agree with your points. I tryi to plan for trips off-season but it is slot of work. You can really save money though doing the research.

    Reply

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