Summer Travelers Frustrated Amid Record Crowds, Surging Prices


Millions of Americans looking to get back out into the world and travel this summer are having a tougher time getting where they want to go.

Disorganization. Surging crowds. Added expenses. Many say traveling right now is a mess.

“It’s a hodgepodge that shapeshifts every day,” Catherine Banks, with Legacy Travel, said. “You’ll say ‘okay, these are the rules when I booked’, then the rules change a week before you leave.”

She advises avoiding complicated, multi-legged trips overseas. However, even if you stay this side of the Atlantic Ocean, national parks like Yosemite and Yellowstone are nearly booked through Labor Day.

It's led to frustration. So far this year, airline crews have reported more than three thousand incidents of "unruly" passengers.

“We’re just going to have to all have an abundance of patience and attention to detail,” Banks explained. “We had some people show up to their hotel in France, and the hotel was closed. The tour operator had no idea the hotel had closed.”

With so many uncertainties about COVID-related rules and regulations, she advises would-be travelers to buy insurance in case of canceled trips.

One hidden gem could be in Corpus Christi, where home rental prices have dropped nearly 10 percent.


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