How Retirees Can Book a Last-Minute Winter Getaway

If you've decided on a jaunt to warmer climates late in the season, don't despair. There are still ways to find a great vacation rental.

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By February, even snow lovers who ride out the winter in cold climates are having doubts about not flying south. If you're a last-minute snowbird, you can still find a warm winter nest at the right price and terms provided you're flexible.

These days, retirees face more competition from travelers of all ages who can work remotely, says Nola Lu, spokesperson for, a website for vacation home listings by owners. For example, demand for VRBO-listed properties in snowbird hotspots is up more than 20% compared to 2019. Florida still reigns as a top snowbird destination, but winter bookings go early, leaving you with slim pickings in the Sunshine State now. You may find a better selection of vacation rentals in places like Flagstaff, Ariz.; Galveston, Texas; Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Savannah, Ga.

Patricia Mertz Esswein
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Esswein joined Kiplinger in May 1984 as director of special publications and managing editor of Kiplinger Books. In 2004, she began covering real estate for Kiplinger's Personal Finance, writing about the housing market, buying and selling a home, getting a mortgage, and home improvement. Prior to joining Kiplinger, Esswein wrote and edited for Empire Sports, a monthly magazine covering sports and recreation in upstate New York. She holds a BA degree from Gustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter, Minn., and an MA in magazine journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University.