If there were ever a time to feel sorry for the travel industry, it’s now. The pandemic has wiped out enormous parts of the business. Airlines are bankrupt. Hotels are shuttered. Travel advisors are out of work. It looks like they’ll never recover from COVID.
But should you care?
Before you say “yes,” consider the situation just a year ago. It was yet another record holiday travel season. Airlines were busy adding new rules to maximize their profits. Hotel rates were going through the roof. And the industry’s overall attitude was: If you don’t like our prices and service, just stay home.
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So where are you headed in 2021? If you need a few expert ideas on the best places to travel next year, here’s a guide that’ll help.
Ovation Travel Group’s agents have compiled an exclusive list of the top leisure destinations based on advance sales and client aspirations. (Seems like 2020 was a lost year for travel.) If anything, the pandemic has made Ovation’s customers more ambitious than ever. Of the top 21 destinations for 2021, only seven are in the U.S.
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After TAP Air Portugal cancels Alexandra Rose’s flights from Washington to Milan, Italy, the airline promises her a refund. Then it stalls. How do you get a refund on TAP Air Portugal?
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Fly, drive or take the train? That’s the second wave travel problem Nick Kamboj recently had to solve. He needed to travel from Chicago to Los Angeles every two weeks to visit his daughter, and he wanted to do it safely.
“I immediately evaluated every mode of transportation,” says Kamboj, the CEO of Aston & James, college admissions consulting company based in Chicago. “I wanted to ensure that I got to LA safely and returned without any issue.”
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So much is missing from travel, it’s hard to know where to start.
Consider what was absent from Andrew Selepak’s recent family vacation in St. Augustine, Fla.
When the Selepaks checked into their hotel, they weren’t greeted by an employee with a warm smile. Instead, a masked worker behind a thick plastic shield issued them a sanitized key card. The remote controls in their rooms were covered in plastic.
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