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.”