By: Christopher Elliott June 25, 2022 You've probably seen the pictures of the mountains of luggage at London's Heathrow Airport. You've heard about the heat wave. And maybe you have friends who got Covid while they were in Europe. With all that's happening, maybe you need a better guide to traveling to Europe this summer.
After a long pandemic, many hotels are run-down and in desperate need of renovation. If you aren't careful, you could stay in one this summer. "Many hotels were forced to pause their upgrades and renovations during the pandemic," says Susan Sherren, founder of the travel agency Couture Global Trips. "They're just now starting their remodeling or renovations. It can be disruptive."
"Susan Sherren, founder of luxury travel consulting company Couture Trips, prefers Allianz travel insurance for her trips, but her bottom line is this: When faced with lost luggage, you’ll have an easier time dealing with your travel insurance than with the airline. “Purchase travel insurance,” she says. “Most plans vary on their coverages, but it is [more] ideal to submit a claim with them than to wrangle with airlines who don’t even pick up their phones.”
Traveling is one of the most meaningful experiences you can have in life. It’s an opportunity to see the world differently and learn about new cultures. But what are the cities you must visit before you die? It can be hard to narrow down. As travel journalist of over 20 years, I recently interviewed more than 50 travel enthusiasts, experts and agents. I asked each of them for their No. 1 picks. Here are the most popular answers: 1. Paris, FranceParis, the City of Light, was by far the overwhelming favorite. “I love the ambiance, culture and overall romantic vibe,” says Susan Sherren, founder of luxury travel-planning service Couture Trips. But crepes and croissants barely scratch the surface of what the city has to offer.
If you must go to a hot destination in the middle of the summer, don't try to do it yourself. Hire an expert. "Fortunately, as a travel consultant, I have connections with local suppliers who can access the hotel inventories and are connected with hotel management," says Susan Sherren, founder of Couture Trips, a travel agency. You'll have to pay full price plus a fee to your agent, but you will get that dream vacation to Sicily or that magical theme park experience in Orlando this summer. So which of these summer vacation strategies is right for you? All of them — or maybe none. It really depends on where you're going.