With 2020 nearing its end, we're starting to see the world recover from a year of turbulence - and not the kind that's felt in an aircraft!
A vaccine is in the works, travel bubbles are opening, some countries are welcoming back international tourists and others are tirelessly working on how to reopen safely.
With light at the end of the tunnel, we’re thinking ahead to all the reasons why 2021 and 2022 travel will be some of the world’s best! Read along, share your travel dreams, get in touch with us, and star planning!
It's time to travel like it's 1999!
As the world’s borders have remained shuttered and cities have found themselves in lockdowns, the once widely-recognized concept of overtourism has seemingly disappeared overnight. Beaches that were once jam-packed with tourists are once again idyllic, deserted havens.
What does that mean for you? Some of the world’s most sought-after landmarks are now tourist-free. Angkor Wat without the crowds? Yes, please!
The early bird will get the worm a.k.a. the best deals
For the first time this century we’ve seen many hotels shutter their doors temporarily to stay alive. Now that many are reopening with open arms and socially distant hugs, they’re (more than) ready to get travelers through their doors and into those plush comfy beds we’ve all come to miss.
Eager to get travelers to stay and enjoy their property, we’re seeing unprecedented savings from some of the region’s top properties. Complimentary room nights, resort credits and super-special prices are just a few of the offers we’re seeing across the boards.
What does that mean for you? There’s no doubt that these deals will wane as the tourists return in numbers, but the ones to lock in their reservations early will be rewarded; not only with great deals but also with less-than-full resorts.
Non-refundable is a thing of the past
We’re seeing that flexibility is all the rage. With the uncertainty that 2020 has brought, travelers, experience designers, hoteliers, and airlines, we’ve all learned that nothing is guaranteed. Bookings are now becoming more flexible. The removal of change fees is becoming the new norm.
As travel drives forward, the overall sentiment is for guests to feel confident in their future plans. To know you’re covered when you need to be and that your travel designer has your best interest at heart.
What does that mean for you? At the end of the day, we want a win, win, win situation, and to be able to resume doing what we do best; providing memorable experiences that live on well after you return home.
There's the new "new" to explore
While you’ve been away, we’ve been “going local”! Shuttered borders have meant our travel-loving team has been digging deep into our own backyard.
We’ve spent 2020 unearthing a treasure trove of hidden gems. We’ve gone off the normal travel trail to see the remote beaches, unvisited towns, boutique resorts and have been interacting with local friends to put together a new range of experiences that are different than what most travel companies have on offer.
What does that mean for you? When you return there’s more to see than ever! And the best part is that you’ll likely have the destinations all to yourself.
With our teams unable to travel internationally, our focus has been on digging deeper locally. We’re excited to share some truly local adventures we’ve been able to unearth. These are the latest “insider secrets”.
Destinations are better than ever
Every now and then we all need a good recharge. Time to reset, refresh, and get back to our best self. COVID’s halt on travel has been just that for Mother Earth.
With once-busied locales now practically vacant, nature has had time to replenish, the skies time to breathe. We’ve seen bluer skies in Bangkok than we’ve seen in years and animals returning to their natural habitats in droves.
This halt on travel will lead to positive practices; Thailand’s National Parks closing annually to allow the wildlife a break from the humans and stricter limits on tourist numbers to specific spaces.
What does that mean for you? When you return, the world’s destinations that have had time to “breathe” are revitalized with new life, ready to welcome you back.
Are you ready?
Travel is more than a luxury for most of us. For many of us, it’s a lifestyle. An adrenaline rush that you feel when you step off an airplane in a new country. It’s the euphoria and “wind in your hair” freedom that you feel driving through winding lanes in an open-air tuk tuk. It’s the giddy feeling you get when you see a golden-clad temple for the first time – or one-hundredth! For many of us, travel is living, and we’re ready to start living again!
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