When the Weather Outside is Frightful

The travel is so delightful

WITH THE HOLIDAYS and winter months looming, it’s human nature to find ourselves dreaming of a getaway. Especially as the world went through a travel hiatus. There are so many choices: Ski trips for a winter wonderland of snow or a winter warm up in Mexico or the Caribbean.

Every trip begins with a desire and an idea, check out these ideas to start yours:

Before you go, COVID-19 requirements

The elephant in the room when it comes to travel talk, COVID-19 and your destination’s requirements are one of the considerations. While the world is opening back up, there will still be rules for each location that you will want to be familiar with prior to travel. Masks will be required in the airport and on planes, and many places will require vaccination. Book with a travel advisor who can help you work through the requirements for your specific destination and keep you up to date on changes to make sure your trip is all fun and no hassle.

Sure as the driven snow

For ski trips this year, consider all things Utah. Find choices that fit every type of travel.

Park City: Bigger is better as this destination offers 7,300 acres of ski and snowboard terrain. Choose accommodations in historic downtown Park City where the nightlife buzzes or quieter slopeside lodging.

Deer Valley: Concierge service and impeccable attention to details hallmark this top-shelf resort where the magnificence of the snow is matched by the off-mountain activities. Among the signature experiences, enjoy the famed Fireside Dining where raclette cheese melts served from stone fireplaces. Reserve a horse-drawn sleigh ride or enjoy a Snowshoes and S’mores event with the littles

Solitude: Only 30 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City, find 77 runs for all levels here. Solitude’s Nordic Center is one of its treasures with 20 km of trails through stunning terrain. Don’t miss the kid-friendly ice rink in the village.

Getting there: Easy flights from Atlanta (and other cities)

Expect: Great powder, excellent dining and nightlife, and doable COVID regulations.

Beautiful beaches

Whether you’ll be sunbathing and splashing as a couple or family, Mexico has so many options. It’s easily accessible with convenient flights from every major city.

Grand Velas Riviera Maya: A favorite all inclusive vacation overflowing with activities for the whole family, this resort packs a punch for every age group. Pamper yourself at the five-star spa while the littles enjoy supervised fun on their own. You’ll be surrounded with the tastes of world-class dining and a pool that goes on forever.

Le Blanc Resort: This all-inclusive, adults only hotel is close to Cancun. During the day, enjoy their stunning beaches and gorgeous spa. At night, indulge in their tasty restaurants, lively bars, and nightly entertainment.

Get tickled pink by the red rocks

Sometimes it seems easier to stay domestic. Arizona’s Sedona plays the perfect host forb both your mindful and adventure sides.

Enchantment Resort: The Sedona sky sets a spectacular backdrop with sunrises, sunsets and a magical night of stargazing. With more than 300 miles of canyon trails along sandstone cliffs and through juniper forests, there’s opportunity for every age and interest to reconnect with nature via hiking, biking, driving or gentle canyon walks. The Tails & Trails program means your fur baby is also invited.

If wellness is on your itinerary, don’t miss the morning celebration, labyrinth and spa. In the mood to be wined and dined? Take in a fabulous view while you sip innovative cocktails and Southwest-inspired cuisine from their award-winning culinary team recently featured at The James Beard House in New York City.

Becky Lamb is the owner of Becky Lamb Travel, a Decatur business for 30 years. For more info about these and other destinations, contact the travel advisor team at Becky Lamb Travel at 404.378.4452.