Time to get away? Plan your trip with these travel trends, tips

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Shelly Diehr of Milford Travel in Santorini, Greece.

Need an escape?

You’re not the only one.

Travel has surged post-COVID, occasionally causing vacation complications. The increased tourism has stressed airlines and travelers’ pocketbooks — and some countries are even limiting the number of visitors to their most popular attractions.

However, three local longtime travel agents are offering tips for making your next getaway as easy and stress-free as possible. They also have some suggestions on travel destinations you might seek to explore.

Expect high prices, plan ahead and be flexible

Jim Ehehalt, a travel agent for more than 20 years with Brookside Travel in Novi, says travel costs have increased 25 to 50 percent since COVID-19. However, despite the initial sticker shock, the pent-up demand for travel from the past few years has people forging ahead.

For those who want a deal, he recommends booking well ahead of when you want to travel (as the author of this article did for a Hawaii trip).

Jim Ehehalt, owner of Brookside Travel in Novi, visited Turkey in September 2022.

“You won’t find a last-minute deal, that doesn’t work any more,” Ehehalt said. “You have to have something always on the book, a trip that you are looking forward to. People should be looking right now for 2024, some are doing 2025.”

Sheri Langwald, travel agent with World of Travel in Bloomfield Township, recommends being flexible to save money: Take a five-day trip instead of seven days, or take the garden view at a hotel instead of the ocean view, or an inner cabin on a cruise ship instead of a balcony room.

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