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  • Writer's pictureJulie Prusak

Your Ultimate Guide to Luxury Vacations Post-Covid-19

Updated: Oct 19, 2022


While travel restrictions related to Covid-19 are easing in several countries, even domestic travel remains complicated. As vaccines and tests become more broadly available, international travel seems doable with planning and flexibility. Bookings for 2021 and beyond are strong as many clients have postponed their 2020 itineraries into 2021 and new ship launches have also been postponed further limiting cruise supply. In fact, many clients are now planning for 2022 and even 2023, but what travelers want is looking different than before the pandemic.


OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

After over a year of staying home, travel industry experts predict that many more travelers will actively seek out less crowded destinations. Off-the-beaten track and natural destinations are in high demand. Spa resorts and wellness retreats appeal to soothe the stresses brought on by the pandemic. With overcrowding now viewed as a health risk, personal space and cleanliness are considered essential.


Priorities for luxury clients post-COVID travel include:


TRUST YOUR TRAVEL ADVISOR

Travelers want to feel safe about how and with whom they are booking their vacations. They expect increased health protocols and relaxed cancellation policies. Now more than ever, luxury travelers rely on travel advisors that offer industry expertise, personalized services and access to exclusive consortia benefits like Virtuoso or American Express.


AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCES

Global travel is a privilege that few will take for granted again. Travelers do not want to waste valuable time doing things that are not on their personal agenda. Group tours or cruise ship shore excursions are out of favor. Customized itineraries and private guided tours are preferred.


ESCAPE THE CROWDS

For most of us, it will take a long time to feel comfortable again in crowded places.


Luxury villas are the ideal option for extended families, intimate groups, or those seeking the privacy, personalized attention, and comforts of a home away from home, only better. Demand for villa rentals and luxury hotel brands like Aman, Anantara, Four Seasons, and Ritz Carlton has increased and occupancy levels are still restricted in most destinations. Aman is known for its remote locations and stand-alone accommodations while many Anantara properties have residences with private entrances.


A chartered superyacht provides personal space, privacy, and flexibility. Yacht brokers have reported a sharp rise in bookings from luxury travelers willing to pay for privacy. Whether you want to sail around the Bahamas, explore the Greek islands or navigate the South Pacific, there is a yacht charter to match almost any destination desires, especially if budget is no concern.


DISCOVER NATURAL BEAUTY

After a year of WFH and shelter in place, travelers are eager to explore the great outdoors. Cocooning has made us crave spectacular scenery and outdoor adventures. Ski trips, SCUBA diving, and National Parks are popular choices for post-COVID travel plans. Exclusive all-inclusive resorts in remote Wyoming, Montana, and New Mexico are filling up for summer.


Beach lovers can safely visit Bermuda, Costa Rica, or Hawaii. Private island options exist for those with the appropriate budget.



CHECK OFF BUCKET LISTS

For those who have put off a special trip for a while, many now realize that they don’t want to wait any longer. Celebratory travel is a growing segment.


Once the vaccine is more widely available and borders re-open, people plan to check that dream vacation off of their bucket list. Whether a world cruise on a small luxury ship, an African safari, or a trip to Antarctica, longer trips to more exotic destinations are increasingly popular.


Clients are booking now to travel later. We all need something to look forward to, even if it is planned for 2022.





Contact us today to learn more about planning your trip.




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