Winter weather influencing vacation bookings

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WWLP)– Western Massachusetts has been hit with three winter storms in a 14 day span, which has made many people eager to take a trip out of New England.

Joe Falzone, Vice President of Travel for AAA Pioneer Valley told 22News they are seeing an uptick in the number of vacations being booked right now. Some of the most popular trips his travel agents said are being booked are warm weather cruises and trips to the Caribbean islands.

One man from Northampton told 22News the third Monday storm in a row sparked him to get booking.

“I was snowed in on Monday so I actually went online and am looking to book a trip to Coasta Rica in April because I’m sick of the cold!” Daniel Cousins, from Northampton, said.

While many would love to get out of town now, Falzone said most people aren’t booking last minute trips because the availability is limited and cost is too high.

Falzone also told 22News his travel agents are noticing that most people are looking ahead to next winter, booking eight to eleven months in advance rather than the typical three to six months ahead of time.

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