Time to book that wintertime trip | VailDaily.com

Time to book that wintertime trip

Tamara Miller
Special to The Vail TrailThe view from a beach near Malpais, Costa Rica. Many local residents are booking trips to warm-weather locales.

Shayne Smith’s co-worker is getting married at the perfect time, and the perfect place.

Her co-worker will tie the knot in Costa Rica in January. Smith, a project manager with Slifer Designs, is taking advantage of the situation by booking a weeklong trip.

“I just moved here from New Orleans and I definitely feel like you got to get out of here, away from the snow,” Smith said.

Let’s face it: Winter is what makes Vail’s economy go ’round. But even an enthusiastic snow lover needs a break from the High Country’s long winter season.

Smith will be heading to one of valley’s most popular winter vacation spots, according to Pam Adamski, a travel agent with Overland Express/Carlson Wagonlit Travel in Edwards. Hawaii and the Caribbean are other popular destinations, but Mexico still tops the list of favorite winter trips for local residents. Why? Mexico is relatively cheap and there are direct flights out of Denver to most major Mexican resort areas.

“Definitely more people are traveling every year,” Adamski said. “We’re seeing a few more trips. We’ve noticed more families traveling than in the past.”

Laura Sellards, a travel agent with Travel Vail, said local residents seem to be planning head. She’s booking far more trips in December for the months of January and beyond than she has in the past.

And there’s plenty of reason to book ahead.

“Better prices, better options and better choices,” Sellards said.

Here’s a look at what to expect when booking a vacation to the some of those popular winter getaways.

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