If you’re considering holiday travel, don’t wait any longer to book airfare, hotels, and vacations. Experts say right now is the best time to score the best deals.
There are many options for American travelers – including destinations abroad – and cancellation policies are far more flexible than usual.
For help planning a long-awaited getaway, we turned to travel experts who shared their tips on the best places to go and the destinations to avoid.
Book domestic trips to a winter wonderland or a sunny state
This winter, experts say there will be a clear split between sunny escapes and winter wonderland.
“Hawaii is great if you’re not comfortable leaving the United States but still want those warm vibes,” said Sandy Pappas, a luxury travel advisor and founder of Sandy Pappas Travel.
Hawaii requires no COVID testing as of publishing, and while its governor previously asked travelers to avoid visiting, the caseload has since abated and there are weeks to go before the holiday season. Florida is another great option for relaxed policies, great weather, and cheap deals.
If you’d rather ski or cozy up by a fire, Pappas told Insider to strongly consider Colorado, which offers “so much variety with respect to accommodations.” Utah and Montana offer similar activities and amenities.
Choose Costa Rica or Mexico for deals on a tropical vacation
If you’re interested in traveling internationally, Pappas says Costa Rica is the best choice for a tropical getaway.
“Most Costa Rican properties don’t require a minimum night stay and right now, travelers don’t have to get tested for entry, and it’s naturally socially distant,” she said.