Local travel agents prepare for the tourist season

With COVID-19 travel restrictions in place over the past two years, people are now looking to take vacations, according to Sophie Fellner of Fernweh Travel Experiences.

PENNSYLVANIA, USA. Summer is in full swing, which means Pennsylvanians are getting more travel.

But for Kayla Wisniewski, inflation has ruined her summer plans.

“A couple of months ago, my husband and I were going to fly to Disneyland, but we couldn’t because of the high cost,” she said.

She has seen prices up to $900 for a round trip to Florida.

“We went to Disney a couple of years ago and it was less than half of what it is now,” she said.

But for others, the shock of the stickers doesn’t affect their plans for the summer.

Sophie Fellner, owner of Fernweh Travel Experiences in York County, says travel season may be in full swing.

“We were flying from Washington, Dulles, and if you don’t get to the airport three hours early, you will probably miss your flight,” she explained. “I haven’t seen such airports for a long time.”

With COVID-19 travel restrictions in place over the past two years, Fellner says people are itching to go on vacation.

While that means more business for her, the fear of flight cancellations as the travel season gets even busier is always there.

“I just try to be available all the time, I know when my clients are traveling so sometimes I work 24/7,” she said.

However, there are several ways to prepare in the event of a flight cancellation.

“All of my clients have travel insurance, which I highly recommend to anyone, so if your flight is canceled and another flight is needed, your travel insurance will cover it,” Fellner said.

In the context of inflation, airfare prices are skyrocketing.

Domestic fares in the summer average over $400 for a round trip, according to data from travel firm Hopper, up 24% from this time in 2019 before the pandemic and a whopping 45% higher from a year ago. .

Fellner says proper preparation is key: “Book as soon as you know you want to go somewhere, don’t do anything at the last minute. If you want to go to Mexico next year, contact the travel agency and book everything already.”

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