There may be a keyboard perched on your lap today as snow coats the windows like melted marshmallows on graham crackers, but you’re not fooling anyone. This whole concept of “working from home” (quotation marks used to denote the ridiculousness of the term) as a new ice age descends upon us is as believable as that time Barry Manilow claimed he was straight.
Let’s face facts. No one is paying attention to memos from Janet in accounting today. (Sorry, Janet.) Instead, we are fixated on television news reporters standing in snowbanks or watching housebound children shove Play-Doh up their nostrils. As long as it keeps them quiet and out of the emergency room, it’s an approved activity.
One of my favorite snow day “working from home” activities is researching warm places to escape from blizzards. Why bother responding to Janet from accounting or shoveling 20 inches of snow off your car when you can fill your time immersed in vacation porn? Instead of getting upset over weather forecasts this week, I learned that I can fly round-trip from Boston to Barcelona beginning in October for 50,000 frequent flier miles on Iberia. That’s 50,000 miles in business class.
I also learned that Delta Air Lines is offering round-trip flights from Boston to the Azores beginning in May for less than $500. American Airlines has deals to Mexico City in May for just over $200 round-trip.
You see, crawling down an Internet wormhole looking for vacation deals is far more entertaining than learning your basement is about to be flooded by the Prince of Tides for a third time this month. Call me old-fashioned, but my preferred search engine for finding flights, lodging, and car rentals is still trusty Kayak. I frequently use Google Flights and Momondo. I also obsessively follow sales that airlines announce in regular e-mails.
In the event that you don’t have time to go vacation bargain-hunting this week, I’ve asked my good friends at TripAdvisor to look up the prices of some sunny Caribbean destinations for March and April. This handy chart shows average airfares from Boston and average hotel room prices. They’re not the lowest, and not the highest, but they offer an idea of what you’ll pay if you plan an escape.
According to the information provided by TripAdvisor, Puerto Rico is currently the biggest Caribbean bargain from Boston. Before you ask, San Juan is ready and looking for tourists. Have a look at the chart for other Caribbean prices. Or, give the kids another container of Play-Doh and start traveling down your own Internet wormhole for vacation bargains.