Summer Travel – what to expect with WRAL Raleigh

  1. Where are people booking this summer/are deals still out there?

Keep in mind  it’s going to be harder to find good prices as more people get vaccinated. The prices for hotels, rental cars and flights are going up. LOOK – early for flights and set up email or text alerts so you can see when prices change, and don’t forget to bundle.  Also avoid the weeks around the July Fourth holiday and – if possible – start your TRIP PLANNING by FIRST checking on which destinations are cheap, before you decide where to go. On the domestic front there’ a lot of popular summer destinations opening up. A great example of this is California. They recently rolled out the red carpet for travelers with a celebration called “Dreaming On in California.” The weeklong festivities made dreams come true for hundreds of people who shared heartbreaking missed milestones from 2020. The state really has something for everyone in the summer, and a tonne of new attractions opening up. Travelers looking for inspiration can go to VisitCalifornia.com.

2. Concerns with the Delta variant and impacts on international travel

So far, the variant, first identified in India – has spread to MORE than 80 countries as of June 16 – so if you’re out and about this summer, chances that you’re going to encounter the Delta variant, either in the U.S. or in Europe. But if you are fully vaccinated, particularly with a two-dose vaccine, there is really need to be worried. Also the C.D.C. has a global variant MAP – that shows the countries where different variants have been IDENTIFIED. It lists the RISK level by country – but you may ALSO want to look online on the – national health department website –  for the country you are planning to visit –  to get more specific data. 

3. Should travelers avoid flying this summer? Are we going to see another summer of the ‘road trip’ being the most popular mode of transport?

I myself have started taking some great road trips in the northeast while the weather is good!  A few of my recent favorite stay-cations included Gloucester beach in Massachusetts, where I stayed at the gorgeous Beauport Hotel on the water, which boasts a breathtaking rooftop pool and fabulous restaurant. I also visited the charming town of Northport in Long Island, where I stayed at the quaint Harbor Rose B&B overlooking the harbor. If you do want to fly this summer, there’s couple things to keep in mind. Look at alternative airports in the same areas to save money. Don’t forget to use miles which may have built up during the pandemic, and utilize those credit REWARD cards, which may offer perks.