Domestic travel has taken off in the last few weeks with experts saying that as demand goes up, pricing will too. It’s full steam ahead for domestic destinations.

Additionally, as more and more people are getting vaccinated worldwide, more countries are opening their borders to visitors.

Travelers are saying that they just got their second vaccination and want to plan something ASAP!

So much has changed since the COVID-19 pandemic began, but the good news is that with the vaccines rolling out, Americans are feeling far more confident about hitting the open road once again -- particularly families.

The family travel sector is one of the brightest spots in the travel industry’s recovery. In fact, family travel is helping to lead the way in leisure group travel this year.

Family travelers are more confident in making plans and are booking vacations for the summer months and beyond.

As more grandparents are vaccinated, they’re making plans to reunite with family members.

There is an increase in multigenerational trip planning, with many grandparents looking to travel with their children and grandkids as well as travelers planning missed anniversary or birthday trips.

The good news is that the U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention say Americans who are fully vaccinated can travel “at low risk to themselves,” both domestically and internationally.

According to the new CDC domestic travel guidance, fully vaccinated travelers must continue to take precautions, such as wearing a face mask in public, maintaining social distancing and washing hands frequently.

Many travelers have discovered the U.S. has more than its fair share of stunning natural landscapes from the Grand Canyon to Acadia National Park.

Travelers are also visiting Hawaii, Colorado, Sedona, Florida, Las Vegas, New Orleans and the Great Smokey Mountains.

Travelers are booking more train trips, too. For example, there is a great 10-day train trip to the Grand National Parks of the Southwest -- Bryce and Zion to the Grand Canyon.

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If you’ve been imagining what it would be like to experience some of the most beautiful, untamed landscapes of the American Southwest, this rail journey is the perfect adventure.

You can immerse yourself in the mysterious and soul-stirring geography of Grand Junction, Arches & Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Lake Powell and the Grand Canyon -- with plenty of leisure time to lounge and take it easy along the way.

Featuring dazzling views everywhere you look, you could spend a lifetime exploring these regions and still discover something new and exciting each time.

Travelers are also booking tours.

Between North America’s breathtaking national parks, cool emerging cities, and tiny historic towns, there’s a surplus of sights you haven’t seen in your own backyard.

With bucket-list vacations from Canada to Cali and Nashville to New England, you can fetch a pail of wonder as you discover the undiscovered right outside your door.

If you’re itching to leave the U.S., there are several countries around the world that will accept you (and your negative coronavirus test results), though some specific restrictions will apply. If you decide to travel, be sure to evaluate the risks and understand the safest ways to travel.

Several cruise lines have announced that even though they can’t cruise from any U.S. Ports that they are going to start back with cruising out of the Bahamas, St. Maarten, Antigua, and Jamaica.

They are offering more eastern and western cruises with safety protocols. The cruise Lines include Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Norwegian Cruise Lines.

If you are interested in taking a cruise but want to still be close to home, The American Queen Steamboat Company is starting their cruises down the Mississippi River between Memphis and New Orleans after July 1.

Because of the pandemic, travel guidelines are constantly changing. You’ll want to check your destination’s official tourism website periodically before your trip. And, consider purchasing travel insurance!

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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