Hoosiers try to escape the cold as brutal temperatures continue

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INDIANAPOLIS – Let’s face it. The brutal cold isn’t going anywhere. Most of us are sick of it, and we’ve probably talked about planning a trip out of town.

A local travel agent says the key difference this year is people aren’t just talking about leaving; they are actually doing it.

You don’t have to go far to find snow. In fact, it’s right outside an Indianapolis travel agency. Meanwhile inside, phones are ringing.

“They’ll call and say send me somewhere warm,” said Alex Kutin, owner of Indy Travel Leaders.

Kutin said his staff’s busy planning spur-of-the-moment trips.

“Most of the people calling now are looking to go within the next two to three weeks,” he said.

Kutin said the spike at his office started after the first January storm, then snowballed when we saw a foot of wintry precipitation combined with extreme cold.

“We can get the pricing that people don’t see on the internet,” he said.

He gave an estimate of $3500 for a long weekend getaway three weeks from now in Cancun, Mexico.

If you’re looking to stay in the states, we did some checking and found a flight from Indianapolis to Los Angeles for a long weekend in February. The ticket cost about $415 roundtrip.

It appears some people are turning to the tanning bed for their warm weather fix.

“We have more tanners coming in talking about how they want to get warm before their day starts,” said Lauren Goodwin at Bronze Bay Tanning Center.

Bronze Bay in Lawrence has been swamped for the last month.

“It’s been even more so because of this really cold weather,” said Goodwin.

Winter’s grip causes many of us to long for warmer days.

“I’m trying to talk my husband into going somewhere over spring break in march, somewhere far south,” said Patty Jonason of Indianapolis.

Most travel experts agree the best days to purchase airfare are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.

Travel agent Alex Kutin said airfare from Indy’s been more expensive recently, and planes are leaving full.