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Northeast Ohio travel agents see spike in business because of cold weather

Posted at 8:47 AM, Jan 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-18 08:47:43-05

Frigid temperatures in Northeast Ohio are prompting some residents to trade in ice scrapers for flip-flops.

Anne Huber owns Landfall Travel in Rocky River and says while they are used to booking vacation travel for folks during the winter months, the last few weeks they’ve seen a big jump in trips compared to this time in prior years.

“I would say we’ve had 50 percent more calls than we have the past two years the month of January,” said Huber. “It has increased considerably.”

Customers are still thinking ahead to summer vacations but Huber says now they are calling specifically looking for a quick getaway from the bitter cold temperatures.

“Even if it’s a long weekend, take Thursday to Monday whatever you can work out at work. Whatever you can do to be able to get away for a few days is what people want to do right now,” added Huber.

The weather can present challenges however with some trips affected due to delayed or canceled flights. Huber says she recommends all her customers purchase travel insurance avoid losing out on a booked vacation.

Huber says the top destinations for getaway Winter trips are Mexico and islands in the Caribbean.