By: Terri Henderson
Are you looking forward to traveling again? You are in good company. In a recent survey, an overwhelming majority (87%) of people said having a trip planned in the future gives them something to look forward to. I think we’ve all missed visiting our favorite places or the thrill of experiencing a new destination. This desire to travel, along with pent-up demand and the expectation of vaccines making travel more accessible, means more than ever that travel should be booked as early as possible. We’re hearing this message from our preferred suppliers as well- demand may outstrip supply. For those who book early, you will likely have access to the best options and prices. Although I believe all trips should be booked sooner rather than later, some destinations should be booked at the earliest possible opportunity.
Which destinations should be booked even earlier than usual?
- Small Ship/River Cruises – With fewer cabins and high demand, these will likely be the options to sell out first, with suites and most desirable cabins the first to be booked.
- Holiday Travel – We are expecting 2021 Holiday Travel and Spring Break 2022 to be even more in demand than usual.
- Alaska, Mediterranean, New England and Canada, and Baltic Cruises – These cruises have a short season, and with this year’s season in doubt, 2022 will likely be more popular than ever.
What if the pandemic situation does not improve as expected? I don’t want to cancel and lose money.
Some may by worried about booking their travel arrangements, and then having to cancel if the COVID-19 situation continues longer than anticipated. Suppliers realize this concern, and many instituted more flexible cancellation and change policies, so that changes can be more easily made. We also highly recommend Cancel For Any Reason trip insurance, which provides you the most flexibility. We are happy to go over any concerns you may have regarding changes or cancellations.
When you’re ready to start the planning, please contact us at 630-845-8999 or email@example.com. We are happy to help you plan your next trip by researching and presenting options based on your personal preferences; making your travel arrangements; explaining insurance options and COVID-19 restrictions and requirements; and so much more. We look forward to assisting you with your future travel plans!