With the rise of travel, foreign destinations are once again gaining popularity – Think Local

With the lifting of pandemic restrictions, the world is once again opening up to travellers.

And, with the pent-up desire to travel, many are reaching out to travel planning professionals to help them book trips.

“There’s nothing to deter people,” says Jodi MacDonald, managing partner of Uniglobe Direct Travel in Kelowna. “People want to see the world and make memories.”

Popular destinations for MacDonald’s customers are Mexico and Europe, and small-group tours have also grown in popularity, she says.

In Mexico, many high-end resorts have taken the downtime imposed by pandemic restrictions to refurbish and freshen up and have come back stronger than ever.

New resorts are offering exciting deals, MacDonald said, pointing to a few Hyatt properties in Mexico’s Riviera Maya region.

She said the year-old Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun and the new, adults-only Hyatt Zilara Riviera Cancun, slated to open in December, are both premier all-inclusive resorts that stand out. are proving popular with those looking for a holiday in the sun. .

With easy air access and only a five to six hour flight, Mexico remains a popular destination, especially for families.

From Kelowna there are now three direct routes to the popular Mexican resorts of Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Cancun, with two flights per week to Cancun and Puerto Vallarta.

According to MacDonald, new five-star properties offer attractive deals to entice visitors, in some cases saving travelers up to $1,200 per person.

“So people should definitely take advantage of the new properties,” she says.

But act fast. Next year’s spring break is booking up fast.

“It’s important to plan ahead,” says MacDonald.

MacDonald says many travelers are already booking for next year to take advantage of great fares and routes.

With airfares looking good right now thanks to discounts offered by airlines and airports and the flying issues seen over the summer starting to ease, now is a good time to book a trip.

“(Air) travel has improved since the summer,” MacDonald says. “Airlines and airports have hired and trained more people. This is an encouraging turnaround. »

And it’s not just resorts offering incentives to lure travelers.

Avalon Waterways is offering itineraries without charging the single ticket supplement, a move that could mean big savings for those who want to see a different view of Europe from the water.

“There are great deals out there and we’re seeing more and more solo travelers taking trips,” MacDonald said.

Small group tours are also popular. Companies like G Adventures and Exodus Travels, two Canadian tour operators, offer exclusive group tours of eight to 16 people to a myriad of destinations, with tours ranging from three to four days to 35 days.

On a small-group tour, you not only get a more intimate view of your destination, you get to know your fellow travelers and have a knowledgeable guide with you throughout your tour.

“They speak the language, know the local hidden gems, and you’ll learn about the history, religion, and culture of the people in the places you visit,” says MacDonald.

With such incredible experiences, small group tours are growing in popularity and as a result are being booked further and further afield. In some cases, Uniglobe customers are already booking for 2024 to take advantage of current rates.

Popular destinations for group travel include Jordan, Turkey, Morocco and Egypt. G Adventures and Exodus offer tours in over 90 countries and have over 600 itineraries to offer travelers.

So when you’re ready to travel, contact a travel planning professional at Uniglobe Direct Travel. In addition to a competent and professional service, its advisers save you time and money.

Contact Uniglobe Direct Travel at 250 860-0808 or through their website at uniglobedirect.com.