Sylvie Trahan takes yet another call from an interested client looking to book a winter vacation. The North Bay area travel agent says the fall is normally a very busy time for the travel industry.
“This is the time of year that the booking bonuses are coming to an end and deadlines have to be met. People want to take advantage of the guaranteed savings instead of the gamble, waiting to see if it will go down in price,” says Trahan.
According to a recent BMO poll, 61 percent of Canadians plan to take a vacation down south this winter. Rick Stanton is one of those snowbirds who has to get away from the Canadian winter.
“We find that in the winter months we tend to not get out as often as we would like to,” says Stanton. “Down in Florida, we are able to get out every day and walk and go in the sunshine. And obviously enjoy the warm weather, as opposed to the cold weather here in Northern Ontario.”
Northern Ontario Travel agents like Trahan, believe the hot summer, along with the mild conditions in the fall, has given northern Ontarians a long taste of summer they want to experience again in the winter months.
Keep in mind that the Atlantic Hurricane season continues until November 30. This week, Tropical Storm Rina lashed Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
If you're planning on heading south, be sure to read The Weather Network's Travel Tips.
With files from Lyndsay Morrison