As I write this Covid infection rates are falling all over the country. However, the world political situation, (read war in Ukraine), is deteriorating. In light of these latest developments, what then is the state of travel for Americans? Here is my view of the situation.
Moving around the United States is beginning to return to pre pandemic levels. I can personally attest to the fact that airplanes, no matter where you go, are back to full capacity. I’ve flown from New York to Las Vegas and Los Angeles a few times recently, and there was not an empty seat. “Road trips” by car are also approaching pre pandemic levels as well. And this is in light of raising gas prices as a result of Russian sanctions.
Even future cruise reservations are trending towards all time highs. Cruising in the near future however, meaning the next few months remains a bit low, as folks are waiting for new modified vaccine and testing requirements to cruise. I just returned from a Royal Caribbean Mexican Riviera cruise, and the ship sailed at less than 50% capacity. It was wonderful; no crowds, no lines, plenty of deck chairs by the pool. It was one of the best cruises I’ve ever been on. Royal Caribbean did a great job.
European travel has been affected by political events. It is understandable that there is a reluctance to visit Europe. Travel to London, Paris, Amsterdam and Rome is ticking up, but that’s about it. It is really a wait and see mentality concerning travel to Europe.
What does this all mean. I say, “Get out there”, especially for travel here at home. See the USA. Go on a cruise locally, maybe Alaska or Canada and New England, or anywhere along the United States coasts. Visit the National Parks or do a Mississippi River cruise. I believe we are all good to go for these trips. And just keep an eye on the situation in Europe, understanding that a city trip to London or Paris might just be doable.
It is time to put the pandemic behind us. But, as I always say, travel smart. Don’t leave your brain at home when you go on vacation and do your research before you go.
Finally, read the VEGAS VOICE and take a look at the VEGAS VOYAGER trips we have coming up and the Bus to the Boat programs we’re planning. Call us at 516-485-3200 with any question you might have. Happy and safe adventures to all.