According to a new survey conducted by Hilton, 59 percent of respondents plan to jump back into travel post-pandemic with a bucket list vacation they would not have considered prior to the pandemic. The top locations include international and domestic landmarks like the Grand Canyon, Eiffel Tower, Niagara Falls, Statue of Liberty, the Colosseum and the Las Vegas Strip. The survey also showed 64 percent of Americans agreed they are in desperate need of a vacation.
The majority of survey respondents feel domestic travel is their best shot at a bucket list trip, with the top U.S. cities Americans plan to visit including Honolulu (29 percent), New York City (25 percent) and Las Vegas (24 percent). Additional cities included Los Angeles, with 21 percent; Miami, chosen by 20 percent of respondents; New Orleans, also with 20 percent; San Francisco, at 19 percent; and San Diego, selected by 18 percent of respondents.
There is still a large desire to travel overseas, and Italy ranked No. 1 at 26 percent, followed by the United Kingdom, 24 percent; France, at 20 percent; and Greece, at 18 percent. Specific cities include Rome, with nearly 27 percent of the respondents choosing the Italian city, followed by Paris (26 percent), London (25 percent), Venice (23 percent), Sydney (22 percent), Dublin (20 percent), Tokyo (18 percent), Barcelona (17 percent), Amsterdam (17 percent) and Madrid (16 percent).
The survey also found two in five respondents plan to visit family they haven’t seen during the pandemic, with 38 percent saying spending quality time with friends and family is one of the top things they miss about traveling. Most, at 59 percent, plan to stay longer in the destination, with 46 percent wanting to travel further than they previously would have.
Traveling when you are vegan or vegetarian can be a little worrisome, especially if you aren’t familiar with the food scene. To help ease the stress and give you a guide, WalletHub, a personal finance website, released a report on 2021’s Best Cities for Vegan & Vegetarians.
The Greek tradition of health and wellness runs deep; travelers can find a multitude of therapies to meet their wellbeing needs, from healing spas, herbal therapies, hypnotherapy, massages and more. In Greece, the approach to wellness focuses on the “whole” and the ways in which the mind, body and soul interact. A state of balance is achieved through a good relationship between the emotional and natural state, which can be found throughout Greece at its more than 800 medicinal spas.
Mercury Financial and Spirit Airlines announced the launch of Free Spirit Points Plus Mastercard, joining the Free Spirit Points Mastercard, which launched in February. Free Spirit Points Plus cardmembers will have the opportunity to earn points and status with Spirit Airlines.
Elegant Hotels launched a special wedding offer add-on to its properties in Barbados. Something Elegant takes inspiration from the famous saying: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Guests booking a wedding package can add the offer to their big day.
With more than 6,000 islands total, with 227 inhabited, in Greece, the selection is overwhelming. Which one is perfect for your next vacation?
Thompson Savanah, the brand’s first in Georgia, recently opened along the banks of the Savannah River. Location at the junction of Savannah’s historic district and its newest neighborhood, Eastern Wharf, the hotel honors the city’s vibrant history and local community.