Why some travel destinations are selling out even though many trips have been canceled

By KYW Newsradio 1060

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The travel industry has been hit hard by the pandemic because of all the canceled trips. But rescheduling a vacation might not be as easy as you think.

Kristen Matthews, founder of KM Travel Design, now spends much of her day rebooking vacations.

“Some of these trips I’ve actually rebooked three times,” she said.

Most of her clients chose to reschedule their travel, but getting new reservations has become challenging because flights and hotels are selling out.

“When people are starting to look towards the future, you’ve already got all of last year booked in and kind of reserved, so there’s not as much availability for next summer as there would be normally because of the push forward into the reservations for next year,” she explained.

Before rebooking, she suggests clients ask themselves some questions, such as whether or not they are flexible with time and money, or if they are comfortable with possibly getting a COVID-19 vaccine if a country requires it to enter.

Overseas and luxury travel is selling out the fastest, she added.

“If you are looking for something that has a limited supply and that would be river cruising, safaris, a certain hotel that you know that you love in a small town, that supply is going to be smaller than normal and I would say now is a good time to start thinking about it if you feel comfortable for your own comfort and well-being,” she advised.

She said hotels and resorts have created safety protocols, which many will find reassuring.

She suggests using a travel professional to help with bookings.

“To really walk you through the different scenarios and help you map out what feels the most comfortable for you going forward and really being tapped into someone that’s getting the daily information and has relationships within the industry. I think for consumers, it’s going to be more and more important as we go along,” she added.

Matthews is arranging trips all the way into 2022.