With masking optional on most flights and airports, people will embrace summer travel in 2022. As the days become longer and warmer, the opportunity to travel becomes more of a possibility. This raises the questions such as: Where to go? Is it safe to buy plane tickets in advance? Will you have to quarantine when you arrive? These are all questions that have answers. Here’s what you need to know about summer travel 2022 and how to plan for your next trip.
When to book your flight for summer travel 2022
If you’re reading this now and are planning on traveling this summer, you’ll want to jump over to Google Flights soon. Many travel professionals are advising travelers to book trips in advance. Airline prices are expected to increase as early as June. If you’re thinking, “how early is early?” the magic number is 64.
A 2021 survey by CheapAir.com shows that between 64-67 days before the expected trip date is the best time to buy domestic flight tickets. International flights can be a little more difficult to estimate a price increase. Buying your tickets at least a month to three months before your international trip could save you some money. Research shows that flight prices usually start to rise around 28 days before.
What if your plans change?
Underneath your lust for adventure, you may be feeling a little nervous about sudden changes. No one can forget that gut-wrenching feeling when you receive an email from your airline about your canceled flight. Although it seems as if last-minute cancelations are a thing of the past, preparation is important. Thus, many airlines have changed or expanded their cancellation and flight change policies. According to an article on NerdWallet.com, these changes in policies don’t always guarantee your money back. Many airlines offer free cancelation, and you’ll receive a free flight voucher. Remember to read the fine print before making a purchase.
Amongst flight flexibility, here are some other things to keep in mind:
Book accommodations with free cancelation or discounted extended stay. Like booking flights, make sure you understand what a company’s cancelation policy entails. Also, check rental car policies to make sure they are flexible with changes.
Plan a 2nd or 3rd trip. Make sure you book a trip that is completely refundable. This way, if your original trip gets interrupted, you can put that money towards a second trip. If things don’t work out for the second trip, try planning a nice staycation or traveling within the country. As they say, the third time’s the charm.
Where to travel to for summer 2022?
Now that you know how to prepare, the fun part is deciding where to go. Many destinations have opened their borders to travelers and lessened travel restrictions. But remember to check with a country’s official government website for any changes in the entrance. Here’s what you need to know about some popular and underrated summer 2022 destinations.
Hawaii is on everyone’s dream getaway list. Especially now that there are no COVID restrictions for domestic travelers. Keep in mind that those traveling from an international airport will still have to follow federal regulations.
Nonetheless, there is so much to enjoy in the paradise that is Hawaii. Keep in mind that the bigger islands will most often attract bigger crowds. You can try traveling to the smaller islands that are less developed but offer a break from massive tourism.
This inland state has one of the country’s most diverse and stunning sceneries. Colorado has vibrant wildflowers and the highest sand dunes in North America. Along with stunning red rocks, calming lakes, and beautiful nature to escape to. Currently, there are no COVID restrictions in order to experience this beauty. However, it’s important to keep updated on travel-related news. You can follow Colorado’s official website for more information.
Before the pandemic, Instagram helped popularize Greece — a gorgeous country known for its whitewashed buildings and breathtaking sea cliff views. Who doesn’t have Greece on their bucket list? The current entrance requirements give visitors full freedom to enter the country. This means showing vaccination cards or proof of negative SARS-CoV-2 tests is not required. Yet, filling out a Passenger Locator Form is an option. To stay informed, you can follow their government website.
With Hawaii and Colorado being popular destinations in pre-pandemic times, you can expect a decent crowd. But, Alaska is the hidden gem of the United States. Image hiking through a luscious forest without noisy tourists. As the country’s largest state it has beautiful landscapes and endless adventures. Because it’s a domestic destination, you don’t have to worry about entry restrictions.
Belize has all the attractions of a beautiful vacation spot. Soft sand beaches, glistening blue waters, and fewer people than popular destinations, such as Mexico and Hawaii. Plus, mid-June is lobster season.
Costa Rica is a tropical paradise that offers breathtaking beaches and exotic wildlife. They have currently repealed their COVID- 19 restrictions, but they do require masks in most places. For more information on entry requirements, you can check out the migration website.
Canada has a lot to offer, especially when it comes to the weather. Popular destinations such as Toronto and Montreal offer you the typically hot and humid weather of summer. Yet on the west coast and northern side, temperatures are a bit cooler. Allowing a pleasant break from the heat and offering many outdoor activities.
The US bordering country still has a few travel procedures in place to keep visitors safe.
Summer 2022 is the time to travel, get out, and visit places you once dreamed about. You may be eager to finalize plans, but the most important thing to remember is to read over policies and continue to practice safe COVID measures. Hand washing, keeping your distance, and wearing a mask when you feel necessary are all things that can help you make the best of your vacation.
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Kiersten is a freelance writer and coach. As a writer, she has written for Travel Noire, Passion Passport, BAUCE mag, and various travel and lifestyle blogs. As a writer, her goal is to write content that inspires others to take action. As a coach, her goal is to empower women to be their most authentic selves. In her free time, you can find her dancing to any song any where.