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Book your summer vacation 2022 now

Book your summer vacation 2022 now

The latest trend at the cutting edge of travel.

Less than 24 hours before my scheduled departure for Costa Rica, it finally happened to me: I tested positive for COVID-19. Instead of snorkeling, paddleboarding, and seeking an afternoon respite in the shade with a cool drink in a tropical destination, I found myself relegated to my couch in Brooklyn.

The disappointment was so intense that after recovering and with my husband’s encouragement, I booked a solo trip to Miami, Florida. The long weekend, which included a splurge-worthy stay at The Setaiserved as a reward for getting through quarantine and overcoming COVID.

Although I was eager to travel before testing positive, I was now downright eager to get away.

Turns out I’m in good company. “Vengeance trip”, revenge trip, carpe diem trip – whatever you want to call it, it’s happening all over the world at an increasingly rapid pace.

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It’s no surprise that the past two years have left many travel lovers feeling helpless, anxious and anxious. Some of us gingerly dipped our toes in the sand, while others held back (and held back again) as new variants emerged and ever-changing CDC guidelines challenged the previous understandings of what was right and wrong when it came to leaving our homes and participating in the world at large. Others are still stuck staying at home, many of them immunocompromised and families with young children.

Much of the American public seems to be trying to get past the pandemic. And for a growing number of vaccinated adults, many of whom have experienced breakthrough cases or experienced mild symptoms, and who have recovered within a standard time frame, the call to travel is being felt.

Prices won’t drop, so book now

Nadine Maffre admits her family’s recent trip to London came about a bit on impulse. Maffre, a France-based travel writer, had been planning to take her son to London long before the word ‘coronavirus’ came into conversation, but travel restrictions and rising cases in the UK Uni forced her and her husband to put the trip on hold. indefinitely. That is until the family of three got infected with COVID. “Knowing that we would benefit from a period of natural immunity, combined with the easing of travel restrictions to/from the UK, I booked our trip to London for a week after we had all tested negative! said Maffre.

Traveling during school holidays meant higher prices, which Maffre says they would generally have tried to avoid. But not at this stage. They had been waiting so long to make this trip that Maffre admits she spent more than she normally should have. “I wanted to make it particularly memorable! And there was a sense of urgency with us having just recovered from COVID – it felt like a safer time to travel there.

Industry insiders like Felix Brambilla, CEO of Overseas Leisure Group, a B2B luxury travel platform, also discuss this sense of urgency, but with the importance of booking now due to increased travel demand and price considerations. “I recommend booking ahead as prices for flights and accommodation aren’t dropping any time soon,” Brambilla says, adding that “high inflation in luxury accommodation hasn’t deterred travelers either. to plan ahead”.

Brambilla sees this reality through domestic travel for US residents and destinations across the Mediterranean.

Jill Fischbarg, luxury travel consultant, agrees: “When it comes to summer travel, it is essential to book now as travel demand is high and availability is tightening.

Revenge Travel is still going strong

Origin, a travel agency that creates personalized trips for its members, reports a huge surge in bookings since Omicron slowed down and countries dropped restrictions. Co-founder and CEO Eli Bressert says the surge is translating into scarce supply “in the most sought-after destinations” as people who have had COVID “have now moved past the element of fear of catching it”. This renewed desire to travel, which Bressert calls a “vengeful journey,” manifests itself in requests for longer, more distant trips to places like Thailand or Chile.

“We are making the conscious decision to dip our toes back into the water of normal life behavior, knowing that COVID is not going anywhere.”

Similarly, Brambilla cites “revenge travel” as one of the pandemic travel trends that is still going strong. And Victor Nikonets, CEO of baording, a travel marketplace, shares insights from a months-long investigation conducted by its company. The findings of the investigation revealed that 3 in 10 travelers have booked a trip after recently surviving COVID.

Getting and Surviving COVID is exactly the impetus that inspired Julie Bogen, Managing Editor at the Atlantic, and husband Jake Wyse to plan an early spring beach vacation in Miami. For the Connecticut-based couple, whose two-year-old daughter will join this trip to give mom and dad some much-needed time, the three-day vacation is less about feeling like they deserve a nice getaway and more the result of no longer feeling “weakened by fear,” says Bogen. “We are making the conscious decision to dip our toes back into the water of normal life behavior, knowing that COVID is not going anywhere.”

Bogen says they’re “splurging on the hotel we had wanted to to stay the first time we went three years ago but couldn’t justify it at the time, and we’ve already booked two meal reservations (also alfresco) – one to Mandolinthat I’ve been dying to try, and one to Kyu where we were before.

Fares in highly sought-after travel regions are significantly higher than in previous years, says Fischbarg, the luxury travel consultant. She points out that “the travel industry is not immune to inflation”. But people are willing to pay what it costs. “Holidays are a high priority and as travel restrictions are lifted, the luxury traveler is willing to spend for the best experience,” Fischbarg says.

Whether it’s an impromptu post-COVID trip or a major (read: expensive) summer vacation, domestic or international, this particular type of travel is a hot ticket, which industry professionals say , will only intensify.

“As one client said, ‘my husband now has a new lease of life,'” shares Fischbarg, who helped the couple plan a last-minute trip to the Bahamas after recovering from COVID.

It’s a feat, recovering from Covid, let alone navigating the years-long pandemic that has rocked every corner of the world; it’s no wonder travel is heating up again. “We can’t stop talking about how excited we are,” says Bogen, adding that “the notion of this beach vacation, now, is markedly different.

Indeed, it was so different for me that instead of scoffing at the price of the fresh coconut water served to me by the ocean, I savored every sip.