Dream trips without the crowds? It’s hope, anyway.

While the specific requirements for international tourists to enter most of Europe are still being refined, bookings for summer travel there are already on the rise. Stefanie Schmudde, vice president of product development and operations at Abercrombie and Kent, said there is a lot of interest in traveling to Europe, especially in Iceland, a must-see destination for many travelers, already open to tourists and offering mainly outdoor activities. .

Some travelers seem to want to tick off their entire bucket list at once. An autumn 2022 private jet program offered by Road Scholar, which takes 50 passengers to iconic sites around the world, including Stonehenge, Angkor Wat and the Taj Mahal, sold out in about a month. “Typically we market the trip for a year and it fills up slowly,” Moses said. The company added a second trip to meet demand.

Others give their travels extra meaning. “We have seen a lot of interest from grandparents who have been separated from their grandchildren in the past year,” and we want to take them on a special journey, said Moses. Their bucket list plans “feel a lot more important and urgent,” he said.

Traveling safely was high on Mr. Pancoe’s and Ms. Laski’s priority list. “We didn’t want to contribute in any way to a negative health situation,” Pancoe said, bringing cases of Covid into Egypt, weighing down the health care system by getting sick while they were there or in bringing the virus back to Egypt. United States. The couple opted to join a small group traveling with Abercrombie and Kent, because the tour operator handled the testing, social distancing and other precautions for the group.

Outdoor adventures are also popular now, according to surveys from American Express Travel. Divya Krishnan from Seattle recently checked an item off the bucket list when she camped deep in the Grand Canyon with some girlfriends. “The only other people we saw were scientists, park rangers and a few other tourists,” she said. Now she is planning a hiking trip to Norway or Iceland with her family – “somewhere away from the crowds”.

While prices for overseas travel are about the same as before the pandemic, tour operators say the travel will cost travelers several thousand dollars per person. Tariffs can also increase as demand increases. Abercrombie and Kent’s ten day trip to Egypt, including a Nile cruise, costs $ 7,595 per person. The Seven Days of Atlas Obscura “Lisbon: in search of the roots of imperial cuisine » trip with a maximum group size of twelve, costs $ 3,625. The Road Scholar trip around the world costs $ 59,999.

Some travelers are reluctant to share their adventures due to ‘travel shame’ – when friends and family vehemently share the feeling that it is callous, selfish or dangerous for others to travel, especially internationally or health systems can be fragile.

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