The 4 types of vacations that might be hard to book in 2022

After two years with Covid-19, travelers are making big holiday plans again.

But not all types of travel may be available this year, travel experts said.

That’s because many people have postponed more ambitious holidays during the pandemic – in some cases for two straight years – leaving little room for new bookings this year.

According to a survey by travel insurance company Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection, nearly half of those whose vacations were canceled in 2020 and 2021 plan to take them this year. Just 5.5% are postponing those plans until next year, and less than 4% plan to cancel altogether, according to the survey of more than 1,500 travelers.

Also, people are taking longer trips and booking them further in advance. Some fall and winter vacations have already sold out, said Lee Thompson, co-founder of adventure travel company Flash Pack.

But some trips can book up well in advance, like these four types of vacations that travel insiders say are filling up quickly for the summer.

African safaris

Booking an African safari 12 to 18 months in advance could become the new norm, said Shannon Kircher, founder of US-based boutique travel company Compass & Vine.

Many travelers dream of going on safari but don’t pull the trigger because of the amount of planning and money that goes into it, Kircher said.

Tourists photograph a lion in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

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However, the pandemic has “challenged our notions of postponing meaningful travel,” she said. Also, more people now have the time and money to travel because trips have been canceled over the past two years, she said.

For travelers re-engaging with the idea of ​​international travel during the pandemic, the privacy and open-air nature of safaris are appealing, she said.

“Safaris are inherently socially distanced — you’re generally with more animals than people,” she said.

Travelers choose to visit East Africa from June to October because the time coincides with the great wildebeest migration, Kircher said, and many extend their trips to include a gorilla trekking experience or a post-safari beach vacation.

Hawaii vacation home rentals

Several locations in Hawaii are at risk of being left without vacancies this summer, said Zander Buteux of condo rental company VacationRenter.

“If you wait until June to book trips in June, you’ve got a small haul,” he said. “This is especially true for key cities on each island like Honolulu, Lahaina and Kihei.”

Two areas that still have good availability are O’ahu and Hanalei, Buteux said, although he doesn’t expect things to stay that way.

VacationRenter’s Zander Buteux said the average trip to Hawaii in June is seven days and the average nightly price for real estate this month is $442, up 16% from a year ago.

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Travel to Hawaii has increased over the past eight months, Buteux said. Business — along with prices — is expected to pick up even more once the state lifts many of its pandemic travel restrictions this month, he said. Effective March 26, visitors from the continental United States will no longer be required to show their Covid-19 vaccination status or a negative Covid-19 test prior to travel to enter the United States.

Summer isn’t the only time of year that fills up quickly, said Phil Jones, CEO of luxury vacation rentals Pure Kauai. The Easter and Christmas seasons also filled up, he said.

Like Buteux, he said: once “quarantine restrictions are lifted, we forecast bookings to pick up”.

Luxury dude ranches

Americans, still hesitant about international travel, are booking luxury, off-the-grid vacation spots in the country, Kircher said.

Some well-known ranches are booked more than a year in advance, she said.

The Rock Creek, Montana ranch is mostly booked through February 2023, and nearly all of the weekend spots at Brush Creek Ranch, Wyoming are fully booked according to their online reservation systems.

Riders embarking on a trail in West Yellowstone, Montana.

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“For most people, the privacy and segregated nature of dude ranches is appealing,” Kircher said. Activities like horseback riding, fly fishing, and whitewater rafting are outdoors and of course socially distanced.

Plus, visitors are also catered for many of their needs, as “most of the high-end lodges are truly all-inclusive, meaning food, drinks, and luxury amenities are all included,” she said.

Private yacht charter

Booking last-minute summer yacht charters is a thing of the past, said Tim Geisler, founder of Grenada-based sailing company Nautilus Sailing.

Many destinations, particularly in the Mediterranean, sell out well in advance, he said.

Greece, Spain and the French island of Corsica are currently the most popular charter destinations in the Mediterranean, he said.

“We’re finding things are almost getting back to pre-pandemic levels,” Geisler said, adding that “80% of our charters in Spain are already fully booked.”

Menorca, one of the Spanish Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea.

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Summer yacht trips to the Mediterranean are popular with Americans because they avoid the Caribbean during this time, which coincides with the region’s hurricane season, he said.

The company is seeing an increase in bookings and inquiries from travelers looking to book trips nine to 12 months in advance, limiting inventory across the board, he said.

“The later you make a reservation, the less choice you have in terms of yacht size, configuration and location, so it’s best to book [at least] six months in advance,” he said.

The company recently started operations in Croatia, Geisler said, adding that yachts are available there for the summer, but probably not for long.

The global yacht charter market, valued at $16.9 billion in 2021, is expected to reach $26.5 billion by 2027, according to market research firm Mordor Intelligence, with Europe being the most popular destination during the summer months.

— CNBC’s Monica Pitrelli contributed to this report.

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