Trending travel destinations for 2021

Conde Nast Traveler assembled a list of the trending travel destinations for 2021 based on top internet searches.  Most of these locations share common traits: sun, sand, and seclusion. 11.  The Maldives – While you can’t drive there, the volume of flights have increased and the island is open to all travelers who produce a negative PCR (nasal swab) test taken 72 hours prior to … Continue reading Trending travel destinations for 2021

The end of airline change fees

Delta just announced that they will permanently eliminate change fees for all international flights for all seats except Basic Economy.  This aligns with their announcement to permanently eliminate change fees for domestic flights, also not applicable to Basic Economy. They joined the ranks of American Airlines, who made similar decisions.  United Airlines was the first to announce eliminating the change fee for all their domestic … Continue reading The end of airline change fees

Ways to get people traveling again

According to a study by Allianz, 58% of respondents said they would feel safe traveling again with an effective vaccine.  Not surprising, an effective vaccine was more important to those over the age of 65 as compared to those under age 45.  Cleanliness and enhanced safety precautions are other areas travelers want to see travel providers (hotels and airlines) take seriously. And in an effort … Continue reading Ways to get people traveling again

Is there an increased risk of flying in the winter?

Much of the data around air travel indicates that overall, it is very safe and there is a low likelihood of becoming infected with Covid-19.  But new data shows that there is a caveat to all the studies. And as we head into winter, there is one concern travelers should be aware of. A few weeks back we discussed how the use of masks and … Continue reading Is there an increased risk of flying in the winter?

The demand for travel in 2021

Are you dreaming about that trip you can FINALLY take in 2021?  Yep, you and just about everyone else in the US and Canada.  According to a new study conducted by World Travel & Tourism Council, 99% of people surveyed are “eager to travel again.”  Here are a few facts and figures: 70% stated they aren’t only dreaming about taking a trip but in fact, … Continue reading The demand for travel in 2021

The future of pre-flight Covid testing

Covid greatly impacted travel. And industry players are looking for ways to make travelers feel safer so they get back on the road.  Airlines, airports and even some destinations are introducing pre-flight Covid tests to make travel a little safer and return traveler confidence. The travel industry took a huge hit as a result of Covid. But airlines and airports are trying to find a … Continue reading The future of pre-flight Covid testing

Global Entry program also experiencing significant delays

More delays are happening in the travel world. If you applied for the Global Entry Program, understand how delays may affect the required interview. If you read our September 15 post about passport delays then this might not come as much of a shock.  After being closed down for six months, the Customs and Border Protection started the interview process again in September for the … Continue reading Global Entry program also experiencing significant delays

Hotel industry veteran predicts a return to normal for travel

Opinions differ HOW the pandemic will impact the future of travel.  Read one hotel industry veteran’s opinion on what he predicts the future of travel will look like.  Some of you may know the name Ian Schrager, either from his Studio 54 fame or perhaps being a leader in the hotel industry (think The Mondrian in LA or the The Clift in San Francisco.) He … Continue reading Hotel industry veteran predicts a return to normal for travel

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Travel + Leisure Top 24 U.S. Road Trips

While road trips are the quintessential American summer vacation, there are also some spectacular drives that make for a great fall experience.  Below are T+L’s top 24 recommendations for U.S. road trips: Hana Highway, Maui Blue Ridge Parkway, Carolinas and Virginia Lake Shore Drive, Chicago 17-mile Drive, California U.S. 1, Florida Keys Route 12, Utah Bluebonnet Trail, Texas North Shore Drive, Minnesota Trail Ridge Road, … Continue reading Travel + Leisure Top 24 U.S. Road Trips