Memorial Day kicked off the summer travel season for Americans and with the usual trips to the beach and lazy days spent by the pool come dire warnings of high gas prices and economic recession not to mention overbooked flights, long delays at check-in and new baggage fees. So what’s a traveler to do? “Working with a professional travel consultant to plan your next trip, be it a grand tour of Europe or a long weekend, can save you both time and money,” said ASTA President and Chair Chris Russo. “Travel consultants are committed to making their clients’ trip the best travel experience possible. So while the summer travel season is always a busy one, this year if you work with a travel consultant to plan your summer vacations, it doesn’t have to be a frustrating one. “
Despite the weak dollar, some travelers will be heading overseas this summer. For those looking to keep expenses down, consumers can opt for destinations whose currency is tied to the U.S. dollar or trips for which they pre-pay in U.S. dollars, such as Mediterranean cruises or an all-inclusive resort.
Let us connect you with the expertise to navigate summer travel! Find a travel advisor two way: search our Find a Travel Advisor directory or request a FREE trip quote and advisors will respond to you. Check out this radio release with advice on choosing destinations where you can get the most bang for the U.S. dollar, as well as accommodations that will help you stretch your travel budget and a very good way to protect your vacation investment — just in case anything goes wrong.