It’s time to stop dreaming and start exploring.

The moment has finally arrived when most of us can scratch the travel itch that’s been building in us for over a year!

According to a recent survey, and by the amount of bookings, Americans are fired up to get back out on the road for a host of reasons.

The 100 million or so Americans who are vaccinated need not have any lingering hesitation about booking that trip to get out and see the country this summer.

As more destinations reopen their borders to leisure travel and Americans have grown more confident about venturing abroad, international travel has definitely begun its recovery for this summer and beyond.

While Mexico and the Caribbean will continue to be popular vacation destinations, it’s possible some other places could lure travelers, especially those prioritizing safety in the time of COVID-19.

Iceland recently opened its borders to fully vaccinated travelers. It is one of the most sought out places by travelers along with Greece, Costa Rica, Croatia, Tahiti and Bora Bora, the British Virgin Islands, Barbados and now Alaska.

Did you know that Las Vegas is about to open at 100 percent occupancy on their gaming floors? The Nevada Gaming Control Board has approved a return to 100 percent occupancy and no social distancing on the gaming floors located inside the company’s Las Vegas Strip properties.

Now let’s talk a bit about cruises as we have all been anxiously waiting for them to return.

Royal Caribbean introduces Adventure of the Seas to her new homeport of Nassau, Bahamas.

Offering weeklong getaways, vacationers can enjoy a day in Cozumel, Mexico, as well as an island-hopping sampler of popular Bahamian ports — including Grand Bahama Island and two consecutive days at their very own private destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay.

June 2021 Travel

These exciting new itineraries will set sail June through August 2021, inviting fully vaccinated guests 18 years of age and older, as well as children under the age of 18 with proof of negative COVID-19 test results.

Carnival Cruise Lines, although we don’t know if this will really happen, is hoping to resume cruises starting in July out of Galveston and Miami!

Have you heard about the newest ship from Disney?

It’s the fifth ship and is called the Disney Wish. The Maiden voyage is scheduled for June 9, 2022. It’s got some special features, including 1,254 staterooms, most with an ocean view, 877 staterooms with verandas and 900 connecting staterooms.

What a great Disney vacation for travelers of all ages. Best part, you can book this now.

Another new ship is Norwegian Cruise Line’s much-anticipated Norwegian Prima. Voyages will begin in summer 2022. The ship can accommodate 3,215 guests at double occupancy.

The vessel will be a gamechanger for Norwegian Cruise Lines, offering guests exciting itineraries, more wide-open spaces, thoughtful and stunning design, a variety of new experiences as well as Norwegian’s exceptional service.

Barbara May is the owner of Travel Leaders. Travel Leaders has been in the travel industry for over 35 years and the agency is specialized in all types of travel! For the Memphis office, call 901-377-6600. Our Memphis office is located at 2765 Wolf Creek Pkwy., Ste. 104, Memphis, TN 38133, next door to David’s Bridal. Or if you are in Collierville, the number is 901-853-6200. The Collierville office is located at 155 N. Main Street, Ste. 104. As of now, we are open by appointment only! Give Travel Leaders a call and let us help you plan your next vacation.

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