Travel Today and Tomorrow

PBI takes the temperature of travel with Annie Davis, owner of Palm Beach Travel.

Photo by Dale Kirk

Annie Davis, owner of Palm Beach Travel, chats about travel trends, destinations, and how to jet-set safely amid the global pandemic.

Travel in a post-pandemic world: “Going forward, we believe travelers will be cautious. People will be willing to spend more to book refundable. They’re seeing the value of travel insurance and a travel agency, so they’re not totally stuck if something out of their control happens again. People will ask a lot more questions but will still want to explore.”

What’s being booked now: “We’re seeing a spike in trips to the Galápagos and African

safaris. Prices are at an all-time low and cancellation policies are flexible. We’ve also seen a record number of bookings to Tahiti and the Maldives.”

New trends: “Flexible cancellations; visiting destinations less affected by coronavirus, as well as small islands and low-density areas; planning that bucket-list trip; and a focus on cleanliness. As a former flight attendant, I’ve always wiped down my airplane seat and surrounding area, but I think that practice will continue for everyday travelers now.”

Easing back into traveling following this global shake-up: Stay local for your first trip—take a staycation and spoil yourself. Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of Florida-resident rates and support hard-hit local hotels and restaurants.

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