If you’re gathering with family this Thanksgiving and could use a safe conversation topic, we’ve got a suggestion: If those are the same family and friends you travel with for summer vacation, then while you’re passing the turkey and cranberry sauce, go around the table and ask everyone what sort of travel experience they’re dreaming about for next summer.
Why start thinking about this now? It might feel like summer 2024 is a long way off, but it’s going to be busy out there, especially in Europe. Remember, many people are still catching up on two to three years without any overseas travel—so it will take at least that long to resolve all that pent-up demand. If you can figure out now what sort of experience you and your family would enjoy most, it can save you money and headaches later.
Family summer-vacation options with limited inventory—villas on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, African safaris, Galapagos expeditions—are already surprisingly full. But there are smart alternatives that are on savvy travelers’ radar and do still have plenty of availability, and we’re happy to help you find them and plan for them. So use your Thanksgiving get-together to create a travel wish list for 2024, read our compilations of traveler reviews to brainstorm ideas, then go to The WOW List or our Get a Personalized Trip Recommendation feature to make those wishes come true. By using our WOW approach to trip planning, you can avoid the crowds, minimize logistics, and enjoy WOW trips like these.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!