Ideas for planning that next great vacation
Create a Pinterest board of all the places you want to go. Or compile a board highlighting dream vacations—from the bucket-list worthy to quick-and-easy road trips you could take later this summer, I promise you’ll feel better just thinking about these adventures.
Get a travel agent. It’s their job to navigate this world and be your advocate. AAA Travel Advisors are a great source of knowledge and peace of mind. Full disclosure: they help fund my travel series on PBS and I feel so fortunate for their support. I love the work they do!
Did you have to cancel a trip? Call the airline to see what their current policy is for changing your flights. Though most airlines aren’t offering refunds, most are waiving change fees and allowing the value of the flight to go toward a future flight. And you know what that means? Your trip isn’t cancelled, it’s just postponed. It’s worth noting most airlines are asking passengers to wait until 72 hours before their flight to cancel—it helps alleviate the pressure put on airline call centers, who are fielding thousands of calls a day.
Call cruise lines, hotels and travel outfitters. Talk to an actual person about their cancellation fees, and any upcoming offers. They want to hear from you, and are doing a lot so you’ll come.
Watch a movie that will inspire you to travel. Here are a few of my favorites.
Through all of this, please remember: Travel comes back. Soon, you will want to go somewhere—anywhere—to prove that as human beings, it is impossible for us to keep our social distance. In the words of Steve Perry (who I once had a dream we hosted a travel show together), “Don’t Stop Believing.”