The only 3 links you need to plan a winter vacation

Chicago winters suck. And it’s never too early to plan an escape.

winter chicago snow

Here’s what you’re in for Chicago winter 2013, photo via www.chicagoelevated.com

It’s been a brutal summer. Like, spend-all-day-at-the-beach type weather. Chicago has been plagued with an endless drought and the most 90 degree days on record. It’s crazy. July 2012 was the hottest month in U.S. history. So can you even imagine what we’re in for when winter comes around? The Farmers Almanac predicted the heat wave and drought for the 2012 summer. And for winter 2012-2013? “Cold and above average snowfall.” It might be right. But it might be wrong. But I don’t plan on finding out. If I have to shovel snow even just once, I’m going to be pissed.

Deals courtesy of my affiliates, here’s the only 3 links you’ll need to plan the getaway right now:

Booking my flight from Chicago with Expedia

Who hasn’t used Expedia nowadays? You can’t exactly just show up at O’Hare with a wad of cash and expect to get on a plane nowadays. Plan ahead guys. It’s pretty cheap if you lock it down early.
Expedia

Anybody ever WWOOF? WWOOF Latin America

costa rica beach beautiful

photo of a beach in Costa Rica via green.blogs.nytimes.com

I’m heavily considering this. Basically, you work on an organic farm for about 5 hours a day, picking bananas, planting coffee trees, etc. And in exchange, most host farms hook you up with a place to crash and a few meals a day. It’s one of the cheapest ways to travel ever, and definitely worth looking into. It only costs $15 to browse a list of hundreds of potential travel spots. Some good some bad. At the very least, the site could give you a few travel ideas. Or it could be the best $15 you ever spent. I think I’ll try those odds when January comes and Chicago is ready for Snowpocalypse: Round II. Check it out here if you’re with me: WWOOF

WWOOF Latin America


 

And finally, some travel stuff:

Most everything you need for travel will be cheaper online than in the store. That’s no surprise. And free shipping? Why not. I’ll be snagging at least a multi-day backpack and a jacket from Moosejaw.com, and maybe some camping stuff. Full review of my stash coming soon.
Free Shipping at Moosejaw

10% off Regularly Priced Merchandise at Moosejaw.com with code CJSAVE10 (Exclusions Apply)

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