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Frigid weather has many looking for warmer getaways

Cabin Fever is defined as a state of anxiety, restlessness and boredom, arising from a prolonged stay in a remote or confined space.

After weathering an unseasonably cold winter, there are sure to be plenty of area residents battling cabin fever, and a number of them have already started making plans for spring and summer vacations as a way to thaw out.

Nancy Travis, who is the executive director of SABRA Sanctuary, has also operated her own travel agency, the Travel Shop, since 2000.

Even though her busiest time of the year at the Travel Shop still lies ahead, Travis said she has already had several people contact her to start making plans to make the frigid temperatures and frozen precipitation distant memories.

“I’ve had some people get a hold of me during the recent cold snap, and several of them have already worked with me to book trips for the summer,” Travis said. “And I’ve got booked a trip to Montego Bay in Jamaica. I just booked a cruise and I have another family going to New York in spring, even.”

Selma and Dallas County residents looking to break out of their winter shelter don’t have to wait until summer. A quick search of GulfShores.com shows an event calendar full of Mardi Gras parades and spring festivals.

Travis said whether someone know where they want to travel or not, she has been able to help people find the best deal.

“Most people may not know where they want to go, but they may not know exactly which hotel they want to stay in. Or they’ll give me a few hotels to look at and I’ll find them the best deal,” Travis said.