Tour operators tend to be good forecasters so I like to see what they are saying. Recently the USTOA (the trade group) published a survey of their members.
Here we are in mid Nov 2020, the year of the pandemic. Vacation travel has ground to a halt. Americans still are not allowed to fly to Europe. Cruise ships are still not allowed to sail from US ports without CDC approval, none of which has occurred. Most of the western world is seeing yet another surge of COVID 19 infections. Yet...maybe, just maybe there's a ray of hope. We've had good news on the vaccine front. The medical community has learned a lot about how to treat those that are infected and fatalities are way down. We've learned how the virus spreads and therefore what therapeutics and mitigation measures work best. Testing has become more widespread and effective. And the world is starting to learn how to live with the virus without the harsh shutdowns we all experienced early in 2020.
One thing we know is that how you travel in the future will be different than how you've traveled in the past. Remember traveling before 9/11? No TSA for example. Well, we know things will be different based on COVID related learnings. This post takes a look at a few examples
We always get lots of interest in Portugal. I think people feel they are less familiar with it than others. We are all familiar with Germany, France, England, Spain and Italy either through history class or perhaps friends that have been there. But few people are familiar with Portugal. So let's take a closer look at some favorite places to visit.