Travel lovers, have you been struggling with whether now is a good time to book travel for 2021? I know it can be difficult trying to plan travel for next year with so many uncertainties. I have talked to several clients over the weekend who have concerns, too! So I thought I would share a few things to consider:
Supply and Demand
“Pent-up” demand for travel is trending and 2021 is showing signs of being the year people want a vacation. Consider the decreased supply caused by social distancing (for example: 50% building capacity or blocking off middle airline seats), and you have the perfect storm for high demand and low supply. If you paid attention in high school economics, you know this is the perfect storm for higher prices across the industry once travel opens back up.
Speaking of prices, we are seeing some of the best pricing in the industry right now for the same supply and demand concept I just mentioned. Not a lot of people are traveling, or have been traveling since March. If you book now and place a deposit on a 2021 vacation, you can lock in your low price before the demand goes back up and then pay over time.
Did I mention payment plans? Most of the travel companies I work with have a deposit/final payment date structure. Which means as long as those 2 payments are paid on time, there is no set amount or payment due dates. You can pay how you want, when you want.
Flexible Travel Policies
Travel companies want you to be able to book with confidence and, honestly, 2020 has made us all a little booking shy. If we book now, will we be able to go? What if my hotel is closed in 3 months? What if I get screened at the airport and can't board my flight? One of the positive and exciting changes we are seeing, at least for the time being, is super flexible policies for both vendors and travel insurance to cover last minute issues.
Speaking of travel insurance...
It's highly recommended, no matter how far you are traveling or how you get there. You'll definitely want to protect your investment with cancel-for-any-reason insurance.
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Are you looking for the perfect gift for the traveler on your list? Or maybe you're hoping to snag some swag for your next vacation. Keep reading for a round-up list of a few of my favorite things!
Oh, yeah. Sorry for the lack of pictures. Honestly, I'm still trying to figure out which pictures I can use without violating copyright laws. If you want to see the product, just click on the product name. I DON'T get any commission or kickback from the links, I just love these products :)
When I discovered this neat little belt, I wasn't even traveling. Well, I sort of was. I was training for my first 5K, which was going to be in St. Augustine over the Bridge of Lions. It was amazing, by the way, but that's another story for another day. So, I needed somewhere to keep my phone and my car key while I was running the track in my pocket-less pants. Enter the running belt. I realized then that it is big enough for a passport and a few cards, as well. AND you can wear it up under your shirt pretty much undetected. Perfect for carrying the important stuff inconspicuously while traveling.
My water bottle is my constant companion. I have an earlier version of this one, but I know this one is just as good. It's double wall insulated and keeps your hot drinks hot and your cold drinks cold. Seriously. Our power was once out for over 24 hours. I filled my bottle up with ice water before going to bed that night and I was surprised that there was still ice in it in the morning. Traveling with a water bottle is always a great idea: Fill it up and sip on it at the airport (past security, of course!), on the cruise ship, or while relaxing at a resort. Paying closer attention to hydration is super important while traveling due to changing environments and humidity levels.
There's not a whole lot to say about this other than our Swiss Gear Backpack is the go-to carryon no matter where we are traveling. It's sturdy, durable, and has all sorts of pockets to cram our necessities in. It's everything you've come to expect from a brand like Swiss Gear. I also love that it's got a pocket for my laptop/tablet.
This RFID blocking passport wallet has a spot to keep your passport (of course!), cards, and boarding passes handy. You can even get a different color for every member of your family. If you've ever done the passport shuffle at the counter trying to figure out whose passport is who's, you know the importance of color coding. :) I love that it has the outside strap to hold everything in place.
I'm going to be completely honest: I don't have one of these. But I NEED it. With all the gadgets we take on the road and, of course, none of them can use the same charging cords, I definitely need something to keep those bad boys organized. I usually just cram them in the front pocket of my suitcase and hope for the best. Then we arrive at our destination tired, on our last battery bar, and frustrated because our charging cords are all tangled up. Yes. This cord organizer would definitely help!
Scratch off World Map
Honestly, I can't decide whether I like the scratch off or the photo frame better. Both are great ways to keep track of and show off your adventures. But, I chose scratch off because I feel like it's better for the world traveler. It'd be kind of hard to fully appreciate that awesome photo from Germany in a world map. This map also has a water color under the scratch off option and I just love that. Once all of the countries are scratched off (and while your masterpiece is in progress), it looks amazing as a wall hanging.
Travel Cup Holder
So, you're at the airport for your 1 hour and 2 minute layover (because you booked with your favorite travel agent and she got you the most reasonable layover available). You grab some coffee and an airport chair and sit down for a nice game of Match 3D while you wait. But...there's no place to put down your coffee. You don't want to chug it (it was expensive enough, may as well enjoy it), you don't want to put it on the floor because it might get kicked over, and the guy sitting next to you doesn't look like he'd be willing to hold it (so you don't bother asking). What ever will you do? You're going to whip out this trusty travel cup holder, attach it to your carry on, and commence to match random pieces of digital junk as fast as you can.
Organizing your outfits by person, day, type, or occasion has never been easier. My 2 favorite ways to use these: 1. Each person gets their own cube (or cube set, depending on the size of the person and length of the trip). It's like having suitcases inside of a suitcase! 2. Each day gets their own cube. This is especially helpful if you're traveling by yourself, or if you're sending your child away with the grandparents. Each day, take out the cube and everything you need is right there at your fingertips. And if something gets flagged in security? They're not dragging out your entire suitcase just to inspect one item. Everything is neat and organized. Just how I like it. :)
Did I miss anything? What's your favorite piece of travel gear for yourself or to gift others? Let me know in the comments!
If you want to be the best Santa on the planet on Christmas morning, raise your hand. But, let’s be honest, gifting someone travel is a BIG deal. If you’re thinking about putting a trip under the tree this year but you’re not sure where to start, I can help.
Here are 3 things to consider to make sure it goes off without a hitch.
Tip #1 - Keep it open-ended.
I love a good surprise. Really, I do. I can't tell you how excited I was the day a husband walked into my office asking for my help surprising his wife with a birthday cruise. But, unless you’re positive someone can depart on the exact dates you decide, it’s better to keep things flexible. Which leads me to...
Tip #2 - Instead of pre-booking, gift a token
Pick an item that represents the trip. I recommend wrapping up a guidebook or a travel brochure with a card explaining what you’ll pay for. You may also want to include Mickey Mouse merch for a trip to Walt Disney World, a snuggly blanket for a ski getaway, sunscreen & a beach towel for a tropical vacation...you get the idea. Then you can work with a me to get the trip booked once you’ve worked the details out with the person you’re gifting. Which leads me to....
Tip #3 - Make them a part of the process
For example: If you're thinking of surprising your children with a trip, consider picking the destination but allowing them to be a part of planning the itinerary so they feel a part of the process. If you're planning a trip for an adult, you'll want to refer to tip number one. Getting details about their schedules will come in handy when picking dates, and maybe even destination. Combining tips 2 & 3 will also increase the excitement surrounding your gift. The anticipation of traveling is part of the fun after all!
And there you have it.
With those three tips you’re well on your way to gifting that special someone, or someones, with travel this Holiday season.
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Merry Christmas, enjoy the season, & don't forget to make memories!
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