Planning a trip in the summer of 2023 is very challenging. Due to COVID-19 coming to a decline, people are flocking to tourist destinations to make up for trips not taken last year.
Because of this high amount of travelers along with other concerns, prices of everything are through the roof: gas prices, flight tickets, and hotels!
Here are some 2023 summer travel tips that will make it easier to plan a trip this summer to save you a lot less hassle.
Confirm Every Single Reservation
This is probably the most important of the tips this year. Everyone wants to travel, meaning that hotel rooms, flights, and rental cars are running out.
And most probably, you will be paying much more than usual for each of these even if you get one. This is because there is just so much demand for these.
Even if the price is a little more expensive, jump to booking these, because you never know if you will get this chance again.
As for rental cars, good luck. It is nearly impossible to get a rental car this summer. In fact, our whole trip to Alaska was canceled because they did not have any rental cars in stock until September!
If Possible, Drive!
This is also one of the most useful of the 2023 summer travel tips. Flight tickets are so expensive that you will wind up paying double or even triple the price of fares. If you are doing domestic travel, it is best to drive.
Flight tickets are expensive, and without access to rental cars, it is very difficult to get around. Plus, you can plan to travel to more locations if you drive!
You will save a lot of money with the flight tickets and rental cars, and it is a very different experience!
Expect Changes in Plans
Now that things are finally opening back up, there is a lot of confusion about what the new policies are. Airlines might be overbooked due to them not expecting so many travelers, or there might be sudden changes in plans. You need to be prepared for things to not go as planned.
If you find out about a policy that you weren't aware of, it's okay! You cannot expect things to go perfectly well, especially when things are still uncertain!
Some examples of reservation-only travel locations include Maroon Bells in Aspen and Rocky Mountain National Park near Boulder, Colorado.
To avoid missing out on a reservation as much as possible, read up on every location very carefully and try to find current sources.
- Is it worth traveling?
Yes! You should definitely travel this summer!
- Will costs be more expensive this year?
Unfortunately, yes. It will be much more expensive to travel this year due to great demand, fuel prices, and other circumstances.
- Can I experience everything at my destination?
You can experience most things. I cannot guarantee everything is open, but over 99% of businesses and attractions are fully back to normal.
Times have changed a lot, and there are many differences when it comes to traveling, but that should not hold you back from exploring new places!
Enjoy this summer vacation, and with the correct preparations and planning, it will be a great experience you will never forget.
Great tips! We've definitely been doing more road trips this year since driving has been much cheaper. Really looking forward to being able to travel again as things open up!
Sarvesh Ramakrishnan says
Me too! Going on road trips are a bunch of fun and I missed it during the pandemic!
This is good advice. We need to be ready for things not to work out as we had planned. I know of many people who have had last-minute flight changes and cancellations... But, as I look at it, it's all part of the adventure!
Sarvesh Ramakrishnan says
Definitely! Last minute flight changes and cancellations are definitely scary, but airlines are usually very accommodative!