I write articles on travel, from camping to glamping. Each experience and review is my own. I hope you enjoy reading about my experiences!
There Are Many Ways to Travel
I would like to take a moment to introduce myself. I am new to retirement, but not new to traveling. I am originally from Budapest, Hungary, and have been blessed to be in a family of travelers. In my youth, my parents took us to some extraordinary countries and places. I have also traveled many places and in many ways from tent camping to flying and I love to share my experiences.
I'm not sure where to start, so I will look through my photos and pick a place to start. Enjoy!
Visiting Niagara Falls in the Winter
Niagara Falls is a popular summer destination, usually crowded because it is on the border of the US and Canada, but a trip there in the winter can be cost affective yet still fun.
At the time, Spirit airlines were offering great deals. We bought tickets for a round trip to Buffalo, New York for almost nothing to see, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful waterfalls.
We flew to Niagara Falls in January, needless to say, due to the harsh cold weather, there were not many tourists. It was very cold, the temperature never got over 30 degrees during the day, but even with the cold, the experience was so much fun.
We visited the falls during the day when temperatures were near freezing, and we were surprised that a few shops were still open for shopping. We also went out at night to see the beautiful colors. Even though the fall was partially frozen, it was lit up at night with colored lights and It was breathtaking. The sound of the rushing water along with the mist made visiting in the winter a true experience.
Very few restaurants were open due to the cold weather and off-season, however, we were able to snag a few great deals on Groupon for hotels and restaurants.
We stayed in the Doubletree hotel just blocks away from Niagara Falls. It was interesting to see that their indoor pool was open and heated. Yes, that is me in the photo below trying to be funny while dressed for swimming.
Not Everyone Likes Cold Weather
There are still some fun things you can do in the winter. The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center is open year-round and is an educational piece of history.
We tried to visit some other roadside picturesque parks but this little person was not very fond of the cold weather, and neither were our cell phones. I have never heard of cell phones freezing, but they do. We were on the phone for hours trying to figure out why our cell phones quit working. We were told to make sure you keep your phones in your pocket or purse because some batteries were not meant to work in sub-zero weather.
When it's cold outside, what can be better than some nice hot soup. The Buffalo Soup-Fest was a place where over 5,000 people came to the second floor of the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center to taste the deliciousness of hearty soups featured from nearby restaurants.
There was a blizzard outside, but nobody notices as we were sipping on a variety of soups and beverages.
Broaden Your Horizons
If you have ever heard the saying "America the Beautiful," I feel it was said by someone who has traveled around this beautiful country. There are so many places to visit and experience, some are even close by. If you are able to spend a weekend or a few days away from home, pick a spot you would love to see, and just go.
I have tried to record most of the places we have visited, mostly with photos because it can be a great learning experience and it makes unforgettable memories. You can walk, take a train, a plane, a car, or an RV. Just go out and enjoy!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.