Where do you go when you want to escape the wintery weather, but you don't want to be trampled by kids on vacation? Catey Hill, a freelancer reporter with MarketWatch and author of "SHOO, Jimmy Choo! The Modern Girl's Guide to Spending Less and Saving More", asked me for some tips to help boomers find some peace and quiet on vacation this winter.
My advice: avoid the obvious!
Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa are always packed with school vacationers and they are the prime locations for Spring Break parties. But there's more to Florida than just the south coast.
According to MarketWatch, the number of trips taken by Americans is expected to hit an all-time high this year. According to predictions by the U.S. Travel Association, leisure travel is expected to grow 1.3% in 2013, as Americans take almost 1.6 million trips that range more than 50 miles from home or include one night away from home.
Baby boomers are even more likely to be hitting the road. The fastest-growing age groups of travelers are those in their 50s and 60s, says Lonely Planet’s U.S. travel editor, Robert Reid. And mature travelers in general already spend more on travel than any other age group; currently, households in which the head of household is between 55 and 64 years old spend an average of $1,897 a year on travel, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
So where do you go when you want to thaw out but avoid the crowds? I told Hill to head south, but stay north.
Try Palm Coast, which is located about halfway between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine on the Atlantic coast. Hotels there are inexpensive and you can fly into the Daytona Beach International Airport or Jacksonville Airport, both which offer great fares on flights from Boston. I also love Vero Beach, where you'll find great boutique hotels that offer all the amenities of a resort, minus the revelers.
Check out the 5 great winter travel escapes for boomers from MarketWatch here.
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