Travel Agents Share The Hottest Destinations Right Now
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Every month, travel agents see a change in the most popular destination requests among their travelers. There are several reasons that the “hot” destinations change so frequently. It could be because travelers are avoiding certain destinations because of travel advisories that were issued, such as the one issued for summer travelers heading to Europe. It could also be because an airline or cruise line has announced new low fares to a particular destination, making it the place to be.
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Thanks to the recent State Department travel advisory to Europe, Greg Geronemus said that he’s seeing a demand from his clients who are looking for another vacation destination where they feel a little safer.
“Scandinavia is becoming a popular destination, because not only is it a breathtakingly beautiful region with endless charm, but it's seen as one of the safe havens within Europe — a way for the American traveler to satisfy a desire for Europe without nearly as much concern about terrorism or the migrant crisis,” said the co-CEO of smarTours, a guided tour company.
This month, travelers are showing interest in Cuba, which has just recently opened its doors to American travelers.
“People are curious about Cuba, so I’m getting lots of questions, but not a lot of bookings yet,” said Darci Upham, CruiseOne Franchise Owner and Vacation Specialist in Hampstead, North Carolina. “I’m seeing the biggest increase in Asia. Many of my clients have visited the Caribbean, Europe and Alaska, and are choosing Asia as the next destination on their bucket lists.”
Alicia Geiger also has customers interested in Cuba, especially since the increase in media coverage. “People have always been curious about Cuba and now feel it is safe to go,” said
Geiger, a Dream Vacations Franchise Owner and Vacation Specialist from Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, said, “The draw here is seeing Cuba before it changes. It is truly a look into a way of life that is long gone for most of us.”
Travelers are also becoming more interested in destinations that provide more of an adventure, such as Iceland and Australia. “From thermal spas to hiking, biking and kayaking, Iceland is an amazing adventure destination,” she said. “It is a short four-hour flight from the East Coast and offers pristine natural beauty and an abundance of wildlife. Most Icelandic people speak English so it offers travelers who may be afraid of a language barrier peace of mind.”
Peggy Rosenthal, Dream Vacations Franchise Owner and Vacation Specialist in Bella Vista, Arkansas, said that her American customers are booking trips to Australia, because, “it delivers an exciting travel experience while offering comfort and familiarity due to common language and a westernized culture.”
With summer travel plans already in the works, we’ll check back with the agents in a few weeks to see if Americans are eager to enjoy their summer on a warm Caribbean beach or if they are booking for a cooler mountainous climate to get away from the hot and sticky summer humidity.
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