Snow elevates emotions and responses that reach right back to childhood. At home we can't wait to run and play in it, but if you have to travel in snow... completely different emotion. Look, I get it and it's all happened to me, too. Flight delays, everyone in line is cranky, digging your car out of the airport parking lot upon return and so many extra clothes to pack. It can be a hassle if you let it.
Being properly prepared for a blizzard trip can reward with you with a winter experience that can be the cure for even the worst cabin fever. Knowing a winter storm was almost upon us, my daughter (who's always up for an adventure) suggested a train trip to Chicago. "Snow can't stop a train, dad, and with all of these Christmas gift certificates I could do some damage on Michigan Avenue." (So it begins.)
The train was cheaper than gas for the car, hotels were a 1/3 the price, cabs were easy to get, restaurants all had availability and we had the attractions to ourselves. Chicagoans don't whine about the cold; they accept the challenge and throw on another layer so they can feel the exhilaration of victory of successfully navigating the storm. With two more months of winter left, we all should hope for a blizzard to travel in because getting only one inch of snow is like winning a nickle in the Lottery.
Ted's Top 5 Things He Learned On This Trip:
1. There's a big difference when you take your shirt off to go swimming in an indoor pool a few days after the holidays than when you do in the middle of summer...a huge difference. Massive, actually. (SORRY, no pic. Was like a jar of Mayo in shorts.)
2. Many US cities embrace the winter and have awesome activities, great hotel rates and fun promotions. If you're considering a destination, research their winter promotions when you plan.
3. Use a CityPass if your destination has one. You can save up to 50% on the tickets, avoid lines, and they provide a variety of options regardless of the weather.
4. Having a "No Texting Your Boyfriend Weekend Or Dad Can Post Any Picture He Wants Of You On Your Instagram" is a great idea. Weird that Coley wouldn't agree to it.
5. Chicago public schools went 13 years without a snow day until the blizzard of 2011. (My kid's school had 6 just last year.)
We all love our warm months and they are easier for travel, but it's winter which forms our character and brings out our best. At our best, we create incredible stories which we should cherish. Otherwise, you have nothing to talk about in the locker room.
"Sir, you should probably put a hat and gloves on before going outside." -The Doorman of our Hotel
"I'm just going across the street to get some bagel sandwiches." -Me
"Yes I know. I wouldn't touch metal with your bare hands either." -Doorman
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