So, you’re dreaming of your next vacation. As you finalize your plans and the excitement grows, consider these tips from Travel + Leisure’s expert A-List advisors.
“Always pack a day bag if you’re checking into a hotel early. With the huge demand for hotel stays at the moment, many properties can no longer accommodate early check-ins, but you are always welcome to use the facilities (go to the pool or hit the beach) while they store your big bags until your room is ready.” — Kemi Wells, Wells Luxury Travel
Go against the crowds.
“Dare to go where others aren’t. Now that we’ve emerged from the pandemic, people are flocking back to old favorites and cities. Consider bucking the trend and going to less popular destinations to reap the rewards of fewer people, lower prices, and more authentic experiences.
In Mexico, demand has leveled off in traditional beach destinations (including Riviera Maya, Tulum, Puerto Vallarta, Punta de Mita, and Los Cabos), which means opportunities are arising for more reasonable rates. Or, take it one step further and head to more remote destinations like the peaceful town of Bacalar, the wellness-focused Costa Careyes, and beyond.” — Zachary Rabinor, Journey Mexico
Remember to pause in the moment once you’re there.
“Sometimes, you need to find a good spot, take a seat and a glass of wine, and just watch what’s happening around you. Travel with curiosity and attention to details and people.” — Tova Wald, Tova Wald Boutique Travel & Events
Make plans well in advance.
“My biggest tip is to book early and always purchase travel insurance. Doing this means you can usually score the best options at the best prices, and by insuring your trip, you take a lot of the stress out of travel. Before working in travel, I never purchased insurance, but now I see the importance of it every day. Flight cancellations and delays are more and more common these days, but when your trip is insured (and you’ve worked with a great travel advisor), you can breathe easier knowing those issues can be worked through — and you won’t be losing thousands of dollars when they arise!” — Erin Correia, Adventure Life
Be smart about ticket prices.
“For flights, use Skyscanner or Google Flight alerts so you don’t overpay on air.” — Kendra Thornton, Royal Travel