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Like many Snowbirds, Wykes is taking a wait-and-see approach. If things improve by February or March, she might head south then.
She knows other people have different ideas, and theSnowbirdAdvisorwebsite offers relevant information, including how to travel and how to stay safe on the road.
Many snowbirds drive south, and for those who live and travel in an RV, there’s a whole other layer of complications. “They are far more impacted by this. They winter south every year — in some cases, there’s no place to put an RV in a Canadian winter.”
As the U.S/Canadian border is still closed, those who would normally drive or hire a driver to get their car south will now have to hire a transport company to load up the vehicle and take it.
Many are flying, said Wykes, although there are fewer flights and it’s all a bit sporadic.
The SnowbirdAdvisor site is a one-stop shopping site for travel tips, resources and services for travellers, but it does not offer advice on whether or not to go. Many will gamble on travelling and staying safe once they’re there, Wykes conceded.
“But I think our government is telling them not to go.”
Other Snowbirds have to plan both for themselves and for elderly parents.
Gail Keary, an educator currently living north of Toronto, said she’ll be buying a winter coat for almost the first time in her adult life.
And boots, socks and sweaters.
Keary lived in British Columbia for many years, where the weather is milder, and she has spent the last few winters in Florida.