WOULD YOU CONSIDER A WINTER CRUISE?
As Fall passes the torch to Winter, and November comes to an end, the season change is no excuse to limit your wanderlust. Inspired by our travels, always, and further to the recent post about wanting to travel more, here we consider embarking upon a winter cruise! Would you go for it? Don’t let the term Winter discourage you, as, in a world of globalization, Winter is an irrelevant term.
TICK THAT SUMMER DESTINATION OFF YOUR WISHLIST… IN WINTER!
Winter typically runs from December to February, and is associated with, well… snow, especially if it’s a ‘heavy’ one. And if it’s not cold enough for snow, it still represents the lowest temperatures of the calendar year. But let’s consider, whose calendar? Definitely not Cuba’s for example! Or some other destinations we’ve jotted down in our TinyBook bucketlist. Or even some that are not on the list, like Seychelles, Costa Rica and the Canary Islands. And of course, the rustically tropic Cape Verde also falls into this category, which we absolutely loved!
REASONS TO BOOK RIGHT AWAY!
Cruising allows you to visit destinations that would otherwise be a bit of a transit nightmare. Our family of four means there are four heads to coordinate, and at least double the luggage.
- Go for a cruise! It will limit the hauling time in between transfer points. Conventional family travel during winter months involving more than one transit can easily create unnecessary stress. You must also dress well to avoid catching a cold! And believe me, there is nothing more upsetting than a sick child on vacation.
- Experience the summer feel, even in the thick of winter! Take advantage of more daylight, warmer temperatures and a whole new culture with a winter cruise to discover Cuba by Variety Cruises, our favorite boutique cruiser.
- Treat yourself to an alternative Christmas! Celebrate on board for a change while you’re on way to the next destination, and mostly wearing T-shirts and shorts. We love to fool winter this way!
THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BOOKING:
A) Travel during Christmas means you are forfeiting at least one family tradition. Usually Christmas is a family oriented holiday centered around a brightly lit tree and culminates in opening the gifts that Santa brought after squeezing in (and out!) of your chimney. You’ll be missing out on that typical, traditional holiday if you choose to cruise through Christmas especially as you can’t take your entire family (or tree) with you. Yet, even if I say so myself, I would argue that although traditions are important, typical things are boring (You know me already… Let’s say it like it is: I hate Christmas!).
B) You are not autonomous, and for some hardcore travelers, that is a minus; you are primarily on board, sharing the common areas with other fellow passengers. And although Variety Cruises also include optional excursions in their itineraries, which we strongly recommend, the fact that cruisers are so comfortable these days can also work the other way around, and induce relaxation beyond the desired level, in which case you spend all your days on board. Rookie mistake!
C) Your budget! There are ways to cruise without spending your annual salary. Check our latest post about the travel challenge and ways to travel more. A winter cruise is definitely one way to do it.
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