By Reg Chapman

By Reg Chapman, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Have you noticed the grumbling — at the office, on the bus, at home — “I’m sick of winter already” has become a mantra for many? Minnesotans are used to tough winters, but if this one seems especially bad.

Consider this: 33 out of the last 42 days we’ve seen at least some snow at the airport, the Twin Cities official weather recording spot. And if the sun seemed especially welcome today, it’s because this was the end of 12 consecutive days of snow.

This is the time of year where people who think they can make it through the winter without a break realize they can’t.

So they take off the hat, take off the gloves and make a move to warmer weather — anything to fight winter fatigue.

Winter isn’t even officially a month old and Minnesotans are getting tired of the snow, wind chills and ice.

“I am a hearty Minnesotan. I’m very Norwegian but I need a break,” said Debra Nelson Grant, who is headed to the Virgin British Islands to get away from the cold.

So instead of bundling up and digging out, many Minnesotans are getting away, flying to their favorite destination in the sun.

Sandy Lovick, president of Travel Leaders, said her agents are busy planning trips for those who are weary of winter weather.

Lovick said Minnesotans love to run south of the border when old man winter gets to be too much.

So what are the three most popular places?

“Mexico, Cancun, Riviera Maya; Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nia Ric; and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic,” said Lovick.

All three feature warm, Caribbean waters and beautiful white beaches.

Travel Leaders says you can find good bargains, all-inclusive deals for under $900. Like a five apple resort in Riviera Maya.

“All-inclusive, so all your meals, beverages, entertainment, gratuities and airfare. And it’s as low as $719.99 for all six nights per person,” said Lovick.

On a budget, fly to Cancun for five nights of non-inclusive fun in the Flamingo Resort.

“That rate was $629 per person,” said Lovick.

Travel Leaders said right now people aren’t even traveling inside the U.S. That’s because there is snow and its cold in many southern states and cities that typically are warmer this time of the year.

WCCO-TV’s Reg Chapman Reports

Comments (6)
  1. Sgt says:

    Id like to some more snow for East Central MN. Weve been at the short end of the stick

  2. Dave says:

    I am going out to Wisconsin to buy lots of FIREWORKS to light up my life, they are unbelieveable in the SNOW! That’s excitement!!!!

  3. Renae says:

    Sandy Lovick is not President of Travel Leaders. She owns a couple franchises. Tom Bauman in Holland Michigan is the President of Travel Leaders. The speicals quoted in the piece n longer are available.

    1. Kathy says:

      Sandy Lovick is president of three franchise locations of Travel Leaders (Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, and Woodbury). Perhaps the reporter saw that on her business card and simplified it for the story.

      As long as you are making corrections, it would be prudent to identify Tom Bauman as President of Travel Leaders Leisure Group. Roger Block is President of Travel Leaders Franchise Group. All of which are part of Travel Leaders Group – a powerhouse travel company that is ranked among the Top 10 in the U.S.

      Also, air availability goes quickly. If the options listed in the story are no longer available, your Travel Leaders agent can work to find you an alternative to suit your needs.

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