What travel destinations are Oklahomans craving?
Even though the winter of 2016 feels more like early spring, the doldrums are upon us and that has many Oklahomans thinking about their travel plans for the rest of the year. Matt Crow from Edmond's Prime Time Travel gives the lowdown on what's hot, among other topics.
For starters: International travel to far-flung destinations are among the more popular trips planners at Prime Time Travel are building for customers.
“We’ve seen an uptick in New Zealand, Australia, Ireland and Scotland,” Prime Time Travel’s Matt Crow said. “We’ve been building a lot of trips to those places for clients. I think some of the uptick has been the result of people having questions about what’s going on in Paris and the main continent of Europe.”
New Zealand and Australia are about as far away from Oklahoma as one can get on the planet without leaving it. Both have their own unique appeal.
"I think everyone has an idea what those places are like and for a lot of people they are dream destinations," Crow said."I think because they are so far away people think they can't afford it. But what we tell people is that it's not as expensive as you might think to go to Australia or New Zealand."
Viking River Cruises is also popular with his clients, Crow said. That line focuses on Europe’s waterways and offers a different view of the continent than one might get jetting between capitols. Stops in smaller, lesser known cities that offer a more laid back experience than big capitols is one of Viking's biggest selling points.
Prime Time Travel is also offering a London for Beginners trip that is 4 nights and includes airfare for $1,995 per person. Crow said that trip has also sold well.
While the specter of terrorism might have discouraged some travel to the continent, Ireland and the UK are still popular European destinations. About a million Americans visit Ireland each year and 1.2 million visit the UK.
Cruises still big
Cruises to the Caribbean and land based resort trips to Mexico remain popular for families.
“Royal Caribbean continues to be a very good product for us and the more upscale lines like Crystal and Celebrity are doing well,” he said. “And we’re also trying to push some interest in Disney because it’s a great line for families.”
While many of Crow’s customers are booking trips to the aforementioned destinations are thinking long term it’s still not too late to put a cruise together for Spring Break.
“There’s still time but I’d advise people to be proactive,” Crow said. “Waiting too much longer and they’re going to run into a higher price point.”
The most unique?
For history buffs the most interest trip currently offered by Prime Time Travel might be the 12-day “Liberator Tour” which gives travelers a look at the path the 45th Infantry Division took during World War II. It includes stops at Anzio, Rome, Nuremberg and Munich. The trip is guided by Lt. Col. Keith Varner. Cost is $3,995 per person and includes virtually everything.