Happening Now: Savvy Travel Tips & Trends
Here, what’s #Trending in travel and savvy strategies to get the most for your travel buck.
#1 Hotels designed for generation everyone
As the world gets smaller and travellers of a certain vintage get greater in numbers, hoteliers are looking to create an environment that is high quality and high functioning yet luxurious in its comforting hospitality. And they’re tapping into architects of that same vintage, too, to make it happen.
“Design needs to evolve with the needs of the clients; and needs are continually changing,” says Jean-Michel Gathy, 60, principal designer at Malaysia-based Denniston Architects since 1983.
#2 Cruising: Savvy Strategies
Right now, you’ll get the best perks and added value savings from travel agents certified with CLIA (Cruise Line International Association) during the “wave season [see below].” Their agents are up to speed on the dailies: anything from room upgrades to ocean-view or balcony suites to complimentary amenities including spa or dining packages, free shore excursions or pre-paid gratuities and a latest pricing guarantee if things change.
Definition: Wave Season: “A three-month period – typically January through March and sometimes into April – when cruise companies offer their best bargains. Take advantage of deals now and cruise through 2016.” —Mary Jean Tully, founder/CEO of Canadian-based Tully Luxury Travel
Do not scrimp on travel insurance and check your coverage for emergency care, including airlift in remote locations. Avoid tight flights before embarkation. And by booking your next cruise while on board, count on a reduced deposit, and the line will credit your agent.
#3: Flying: Book now, take off later
California dreaming? June is a busy month for San Diego: Air Canada Rouge begins flying seasonal daily non-stop from Vancouver to the So-Cal city through Oct. 16; WestJet is also flying to San Diego from Vancouver in June, three days a week until Oct. 10 (Air Canada Rouge flies year-round daily from Toronto, WestJet flies from Calgary year-round three times a week).
If Down Under’s more your thing, on June 17, Air Canada launches its daily Vancouver to Brisbane, Australia, service.
#4 Divorcee Destinations
Hey, Divorcees! Singletons and couples have long been given the opportunity to meet and greet or reconnect when it comes to destinations and hotels. Second honeymoons, matchmaking sessions, the list goes on. But, what if you’re divorced? Sure, that may count you as single, but maybe your needs might be just a little more nuanced?