I'm from Oregon (USA) different parts of Oregon see warmer and colder temperatures depending if they are on the mountains or on the coast and I live in the valleys. I am used to seeing snow, lots of rain and sometimes lots of sunshine and a bit of everything in the winter time.
I have seen temperatures drop below 17 degrees Fahrenheit where I lived in Oregon and even in the city limits I have seen it go below the mid 20s but stays in the 20s.
my point is this: I've been following the weather for the last two weeks and I'm seeing temperatures range from 5 to 20 Fahrenheit (yes I know they use Celsius) there were days when they dropped to -5 Fahrenheit in Berlin (which is one of the cities I'm going to).
right now the weather now is ranging from high 30s to low 60s being in the teens is NOT a typical weather I experience, I DO have warm clothing and I have the means to provide multiple layers if necessary along with protective wear (gloves, hats/beanies, etc).
Would I be better off delaying my trip in hopes it might get warmer? I'm not sure that these frigid weather conditions are a problem?
Shannon, sounds like you'd be well-prepared and very experienced at dealing with difficult weather, so I wouldn't worry about it being anymore dangerous than what you're used to. However, there's another factor that would push me into postponing my trip. In one week (last week) the cold and snow caused more than 20,000 flight delays and more than 3000 cancellations. Roads are closed, and even trains are not running in some places. I heard of one traveller who spent 8 hours in his plane seat before it left the tarmac at Heathrow. That would really ruin my holiday, so if you can put it off without losing any money or facing too much inconvenience you might want to think about it. about 6 years ago
It is bitterly cold these days but not 'unsafe' if you are properly decked out. However, avoid he countries hardest hit - Ukraine, Romania, and southern Balkans. Moving around will be a problem. If you are not planning to hop around a lot, traveling won't be a problem otherwise you'll encounter some delays. about 6 years ago
Ok I plan to visit Switzerland first then Germany I'll visit the cities and towns closest to Zurich and then when my friend and I head over to Germany we'll be going to Hannover and then I'll either be going to Berlin or Frankfurt depending on my next destination.
My friend said that on the days it snows a lot he says the trams and trains have less capacity as more people use them (instead of driving their own cars, but I thought most Europeans didn't drive?)
With that said, if you still think I might encounter delays how can my travel insurance help? Wouldn't it be cheaper for the insurance to pay for a small change rather than to pay for me to stay put while delayed? (I have World Nomads/TravelGuard)
To make changes it will cost at least $500 ($300 to the airline and $200 for cheapoair.com) about 6 years ago
Driving in snowy weather varies by country. Germany is very efficient with autobahn snow removal, Belgium, not so much. You need to plan on dressing for the outdoors as walking, waiting for trains and busses is common. That said, you can have great times in Berlin in the winter. Great museums, restaurants, shows, etc. layers and water resistant coat and comfortable boots and umbrella should be packed. Germans are out regardless of the weather. about 6 years ago
@Shannon M - Katrina from WorldNomads.com here. There is cover within your Explorer Plan for Travel Delay, but it really depends on the reasons why you've been delayed as to whether the cover kicks in or not. "Inclement Weather causing delay or cancellation of travel”, is one of these reasons listed in the full description of cover you bought (there are too many variations to go into detail here, and other terms and conditions of cover, so you should read the full description of cover carefully ASAP and definitely before you leave home). You should also contact Travel Guard (1.888.381.2449) as soon as you know you’ll be delayed and before you make changes to your tickets, and they can advise on what you’re covered for (and not). You can review the details of your cover by signing into your membership. Please do contact Travel Guard direct, so they can advise on the cover you’ve purchased. (Ask a Nomad is good for general travel questions, but not so easy to answer complex questions about your coverage).
In general, for USA residents, the Trip delay benefit in our current Travel Guard plan, covers reasonable additional expenses until travel becomes possible if the your trip is delayed 6 or more consecutive hours from reaching your intended destination as a result of a cancellation or delay of a regularly scheduled airline flight for one of the unforeseen events listed. There's a $100 limit per day.
For residents of other countries, our plans differ on coverage, depending on your country of residence. Not all plans include cover for extra expenses, delays or cancellations due to inclement weather, so please do review the full description of cover for details or ask us if you’re not sure. http://www.worldnomads.com/contactus.aspx about 6 years ago
As is typical, the media blows everything out of proportion, especially in the united states. It is winter, it is cold, it snows. After a few mild winters, everyone is now shocked back into reality, so dress warm, stay smart, and enjoy your trip! about 6 years ago