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Should You Cancel Your Summer Vacation?

Sep 1, 2021

Seven Corners Press Room

Mike Gnitecki had an ambitious trip to Italy planned for this summer - a two-week tour of Rome, Milan and Florence. But halfway through booking his first getaway in more than a year, he decided to cancel it.

“Airline ticket prices are abnormally high,” says Gnitecki, who works for a fire department in Tyler, Texas. Flights in economy class from Dallas to Rome this summer are pushing the $2,000 mark, which is roughly twice as much as he is used to paying. Even though Italy recently announced it would allow tourists back, Gnitecki felt the timing was wrong.

Gnitecki isn’t alone. Andy Smith, a retired IT specialist from Charlottesville, Va., had mapped out an ambitious road trip for this summer to visit friends and relatives in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and California. But high hotel prices and predictions of once-in-a-generation summer crowds gave him second thoughts. He decided to hold off for a few months.

“I’m waiting until after Labor Day, hoping things will have calmed down by then, as children return to school,” Smith says.

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to the question, “Should I cancel my summer vacation?” “Travel is definitely a personal and private choice,” says John Lovell, president of Travel Leaders Group. “Each consumer makes their own decision.”

“There are so many variables to consider,” says Cathy Udovch, a travel counselor with TravelStore in Irvine, Calif. Crowds and high prices can be considerations, but she says most of her clients are worried about health - specifically, covid-19 infection rates.

“If there’s a spike in cases, or a new variant emerges that may make the vaccine less effective, that would be a reason to cancel,” she adds.

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