Sand or snow?

Ideas for last-minute spring break travel

WRITTEN BY LAURA RODDY

Colorado is just a road trip away.

Colorado is just a road trip away.

It’s not too late to plan a fantastic spring break getaway, even for landlocked, weather-weary Wichitans.

Christine Voncannon, a community volunteer, has made seasoned travelers out of her two young daughters, ages 3 and 6. For spring break, the family often heads to the mountains. “We love the snow,” Voncannon says.

This year is no exception, even though Voncannon hasn’t nailed down accommodations yet. The Voncannons are headed to Avon, Colorado, which positions them well for skiing at Vail and Beaver Creek and where private condo rentals are plentiful.

“We’d rather have more space,” she says.

The snow is better this year in Colorado, so Voncannon has noticed more lodging booking up earlier than she has in the past. Two of her favorite places to check for vacation rentals are VRBO.com (Vacation Rentals by Owner) and HomeAway.com.

The Voncannons prefer to drive to Colorado— especially during months where bulky winter gear is required—so airfare isn’t an issue. There’s also room for her girls’ comfort items, electronics and plenty of snacks.

“They are great road trippers,” she says. “It’s part of the fun.”

If skiing weren’t on the agenda for this year, Voncannon says she would still load up the kids for some sort of getaway. Other favorites are Kansas City for the Great Wolf Lodge or Tulsa, Okla., which she loves for its great vibe and great restaurants.

Cruises offer some of the better last-minute deals for sun and surf.

Cruises offer some of the better last-minute deals for sun and surf.

Angie Collinsworth, an independent agent with Travel Place, specializes is Disney trips. That’s one trip she doesn’t recommend at the last minute.

“It definitely requires some advance planning,” she says. “You are going to have a much better time if you plan it out.”

Collinsworth says Wichita does have an advantage in that its spring break is earlier than what schools on the coasts tend to have. Spring break destinations aren’t quite as crowded as they are around Easter time. She also says that sun and surf need not be off the table for Wichita’s vacation-planning procrastinators.

“Cruises are where you see a lot of the better last-minute deals,” she says.

Collinsworth advises checking out ships leaving from Galveston, Texas. Galveston is drivable in about 10 hours, eliminating the need for pricey, eleventh-hour airfare. Sandy beaches and clear Caribbean seas are then just a port away.

If neither sand nor snow fit the bill—or the pocketbook—for this spring break, consider exploring closer to home. The Kansas Sampler Foundation offers a guide to all manner of Sunflower State destinations, with options to please history buffs, foodies, armchair architects and enthusiasts of oddities. The 8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook is available at bookstores, and there is also information at kansassampler.org/8wonders.

For spring break travel plans, time may be limited but your options shouldn’t be.

“I don’t think there’s anywhere you can’t go last-minute,” Voncannon says.

 
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