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Cold inspires warm spring break getaways

MERRILL (WAOW) - Central Wisconsin travel agents say the cold winter is inspiring more people to take a warm vacation getaway.

Beckie Kleinschmidt and her family can't wait to leave for their spring break trip.

"I'm tired of the cold and ready for some sunshine," said Kleinschmidt.

The Kleinschimdts are flying to Riviera Maya, Mexico along with two other families. They say they're packing the sandals and leaving the winter boots behind.

"You forget fast when you get there how cold it is at home and just enjoy the weather," she said.

Faye Delosh, the owner of Travel Adventures in Merrill, says the Kleinschmidts aren't the only ones seeking a warmer climate.

"We have seen a lot more last minute calls, maybe a lot of people who weren't considering going and have just had enough and want something nice, warm and sunny," said Delosh.

Delosh says those calls started coming during the severe arctic blasts in January and February.

"We had a lot of people going out in January and February and still a lot traveling in March, but I think more this year were earlier," said Delosh.

According to the Bureau of Transportation, last year, March saw more than 70 million airline passengers in the U.S., making it the fifth busiest month.

Delosh says this year more than 50 percent of Travel Adventure's trips have been to warm weather destinations, including the Caribbean and Mexico.

For travelers staying stateside. warm temperature destinations are still a popular attraction.

"Some people will be doing Florida, some go out west, some in Arizona, some doing California," said Delosh.

The Kleinschmidts say they can't wait to embrace summertime fun and leave thoughts of winter behind.

"The snorkeling," said Kleinschmidt. "We all really love the snorkeling."

Travel agents say they are entering one of their busiest seasons. They say in addition to spring break trips, they are also beginning to schedule for summer vacations.

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