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If you’re fed up with cold weather and are dreaming of a warm, sandy beach, All About Travel’s owner, Charlene Junkin, recommends that you book your winter vacation now.

Junkin’s travel business is located in Sanford, and she says up to this point, her winter vacation business has been brisk.

"It’s been pretty crazy," she said. "People are anxious to get out of this weather."

She said there aren’t as many last-minute package deals offered now compared to a few years ago, especially for flights.

"It’s not for sure," she said, adding the majority of her clients are booking ahead by six to eight weeks.

The most popular destinations for Manitobans are still Hawaii, Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic.

"Mexico is still very safe," Junkin said, but added that travellers always need to be aware of their surroundings and use caution.

She also advised that newer resorts might offer lower room rates, but would-be guests should check to see if all the resort’s services are available before they book in.

As well, with the recent severe weather conditions that have caused travel delays across North America, she tells her clients to be patient if they are held up by late or cancelled flights.

"Anything can happen, so take your time."

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