When winter starts to rear it’s ugly, merciless head in I always hit the interwebs to window shop flight and hotel deals in warm places. Seasonal depression is a real threat to the human psyche and I find that I am extremely vulnerable to month after month of bitter cold and days and nights spent indoors. Most would kill to flee their home for a week or two on a spit of sand and a tall tropical beverage. As a matter of fact, I’m willing to bet nine out of ten doctors would encourage you to engage in this practice.
If you are lucky enough to find that awesome flight and hotel deal on top of getting those two weeks off from your incredibly jealous and envious boss, then you’re going to need to look the part on this excursion. Chances are you don’t have the most extensive collection of tropical weather attire so you’re going to need to do some shopping without breaking the bank, especially if it’s before or after Christmas when you’re already dishing out your hard earned dollars on that pair of gloves for grandma or that lawnmower that dad just won’t shut up about. But hey, if you do, then good for you. The rest of us will need to grab some flip flops, swimming gear, and some nice linen pants and shirts to wear while we ride down the beach on horseback to that oceanfront cocktail bar. Take a gander at these Groupon coupons for Banana Republic and snatch up a few to use on your shopping spree to take advantage of those savings and spend it where it counts. That oceanfront cocktail bar ain’t free and I hear the pina coladas are quite addicting.
If you suffer from seasonal depression, don’t wait until you lose your mind in the snow. Treat yourself to that long overdue vacation and escape for sunnier pastures. Everyone needs to feel sand between their toes at least once a year. If you stay cooped up indoors all winter you may end up like Jack Torrance in “The Shining”, and I don’t think anyone wants that.