(that are covered by travel insurance*)
During winter, chances are that if you aren’t heading to a warmer climate for a break in the weather, you’re looking for a snowy vacation. While cold-weather travelers often seek out destinations for skiing and snowboarding, such activities may not be covered by typical travel insurance plans, or may only be covered through specialized programs, such as RoamRight’s Adventure plan, or with additional hazardous sports coverage. For travelers who want to enjoy the snow and cold weather, but are not interested in adventure sports, here are five winter activities that are most likely covered by your travel insurance plan.**
1. Tubing / Sledding
For a thrill, grab an inner tube or toboggan and head down a hill. Many resorts have hills devoted solely to sledding and tubing, some even have a lift so you don’t have to drag a sled or tube to the top of the hill.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that snowshoeing is merely a walk in the woods. It’s a cardiovascular workout that can burn more than 600 calories per hour. So if you want something more exciting than the treadmill in the resort gym, strap on a pair of snowshoes and head out for a trek.
3. Ice Fishing
Spend a day on the lake and you could possibly bring home dinner. While no shelter is required, fishing inside a fish house or shanty will protect against winter winds. Commonly caught fish include walleye, perch, bluegill, and northern pike.
4. Ice Skating
Outdoor skating rinks offer a more “wintery” experience than their indoor counterparts. Inside, you could never experience a winter sunset with a soft snow falling. Many resorts maintain a skating rink, regardless of whether there is snow.
5. Snowman Building
You probably did it as a kid, but have you tried it as an adult? Snowmen can be larger, more intricate or not even men at all! Try to sculpt something unique in the snow. It’s the winter equivalent of building a sandcastle, without the tide threatening to wash it out to sea.
*These activities are covered by RoamRight’s Essential, Preferred, and Elite plans.
**Travel insurance varies by selected plan and provider. Be sure to review your policy prior to participating in any sporting activities. Some providers, including RoamRight, offer plans specifically designed for more adventurous travelers.
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