Here we are, in that curious week between Christmas and New Year. For me, the past three days have consisted of relaxing at my parents’ home in the suburbs, snoozing on the couch, and helping them plan their Summer 2023 travel to the British Isles. I’m jealous! (Although I do have a trip planned for March, so I can’t be too jealous). I wanted to let you readers know something I discovered during this process… If you’re planning to travel, it might be worth booking something already if you want to get the best hotels!
While I helped them compare hotel options and firm up their itinerary, a couple of things jumped out to me. First (as of this writing), the dollar-to-pound exchange rate favors the US (1:1.2 compared to last time I visited the UK which was closer to 1:2). Thanks to this, they were able to lock in some better locations than they would in a weak-dollar economy! Second, people are really eager to book hotels. Many of the budget-friendly hotels I helped them look at had dwindling availability, and a couple of them increased prices within the 3 days we were doing our research. And this is for a trip in July! What a surprise; I’m glad we did the legwork now to save stress and money later.
At the end of the post you’ll see exciting information about a Booking.com sale. Using my link earns me a small commission. Thanks for supporting The Voyageer.
Make your Daydream a Reality
Idle time like this liminal week between Christmas and NYE is so valuable to me. When I do have this rare time to daydream, I like to pull up Kayak Explore or Secret Flying to see what destinations have deals. Riga (Latvia) was never on my radar, but if it’s on a cheap round-trip flight… maybe I should go?
If you want some more destination inspiration, Lonely Planet’s annual roundup of hot destinations will surely get your wheels turning. Check it out here. It’s always fun and thrilling to see the spaces that travel industry pros are excited about. I am happy to see one of my 2023 travel destinations on their “Eat” list! I’ll share which one in a future post!
Grab Your Opportunity
Did you visit any of the above links, or maybe open them in a new tab? Perhaps something will call out to you and spark a trip you hadn’t even dreamed of yet. This isn’t explicitly a sponsored post, but Booking.com is running a 15% off sale on certain hotels for travel during the first three months of the year (check out by/on the last day of March). If you’re privileged to have a few days off this week, I recommend dreaming up some 2023 travel and going ahead and booking some travel for the beginning part of the year!
If this post inspired you to dream up a trip, leave a comment where you’d love to go in 2023!
Minimum 15% saving available on new accommodation bookings at participating properties indicated by the “Early 2023 Deal” badge on the search results and room selection pages. Bookings must be made before 11:59 pm CET on 31/03/23 for stays with check-in from 01/01/23 and check-out on or before 31/03/23. Discount applies to the cost of room only (excluding any additional fees or taxes). If you make any changes to your booking you may lose your discount and be liable for the full amount. Discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion except Genius discounts. Room rates labelled “Partner Offer” are excluded from this promotion. This offer is provided by the participating property and subject to availability.