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Travel expectations and the reality.

As we break out of our COVID restrictions here in New Zealand you can feel the anticipation and excitement in the air. So many of you are now rebooking cancelled holidays, finally able to use those credits that have been tied up for two years. We are also seeing a wave of new customers booking travel to see friends and family, long-awaited reunions with loved ones are long overdue. For others, they cannot wait to simply travel again and see the world. Booking big-ticket trips to exotic destinations and ticking off bucket list adventures is a hot trend right now.

Rush for travel
Rush for travel

This does not come as a surprise, and we anticipated a rush on our services as soon as the very welcome border announcement happened. While New Zealand has remained locked down to domestic travel only, the rest of the world has slowly but steadily resumed travel. We have been stuck in our own little bubble, largely unaware that for the rest of the world the party has already started. Countries like the UK and Denmark have lifted all border restrictions, no testing, no legal requirement for masks, here life is truly back to normal.

Apart from freedom to travel what does this mean for New Zealanders? Now we are waking up from our Covid restrictions and gearing up to jet off overseas, unfortunately, we are arriving late to the party. For some months now World Travellers have been watching as the rest of the world has started booking. Safaris in Africa, Trips to the US, river cruising in Europe, beach holidays at resorts all over the world. The most popular destinations are getting booked out and the hotels no longer have the need to discount their accommodation. Unlike Kiwis, travellers around the world have had the confidence to book ahead for some time now. With life returning to normal so are the prices and the availability can be tight.

Our hotels in New Zealand may still be struggling with low occupancy and offering rock bottom prices and deals in an effort to survive and ride out the storm that COVID has created. This is not the case worldwide, occupancy and traveller numbers are up and even smashing records. In Europe, they are seeing up to 95% occupancy rates for peak periods and with that, the price of hotel rooms are rising. Booking ahead is vital if you want to pick and choose where you stay or what you want to do

It’s not all doom and gloom out there. If you are smart and plan well, your holiday dreams can still be a reality. Your world Travellers Travel Agents are here to give you advice and we will always do our utmost to meet your budget and needs. What can you do to help us make all this happen for you? Make sure you book ahead, plan now and secure your holiday well in advance if you have a tight budget. Have realistic expectations around accommodation availability and prices if you are in a rush to travel. Remember that the holiday you were forced to cancel may not be available at the same price if you want to travel sooner rather than later. When you book your free consultation be very clear about your budget expectations and desired travel destinations. The more detail we have about your wishes the easier it will be for us to book quickly and get it right the first time.

As always, we are here for you and will work hard to make sure that your travel needs are met. We are dedicated to bringing the very best to you at all times. It is our mission to make sure all our customers without exception, have the best experience we can deliver. No matter where you want to go or what you want to do.

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