(BPT) - After a year and a half of not traveling or taking smaller, local trips, everyone is itching for the vacations the pandemic put on hold. This feeling of being hungry for travel is what some are calling “revenge travel”: the idea that people are more eager to travel after being homebound for so long and want to go big — whether splurging or finally heading to a bucket list destination.
To put your revenge travel plans in motion, the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® and Bold® Cards can help cardmembers earn now so they can turn their travel dreams into a reality. Whether that next big trip is around the corner or a year away, it’s never too early to kick off travel planning. Here are some top tips to help you organize the ultimate return to travel adventure.
Earn more now, enjoy more later
As you embark on planning, get started by working on a budget to narrow down options. One way to maximize spending, and even unlock destinations that felt out of reach, is to take advantage of the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio of cards.
The cards offer earning on Marriott Bonvoy properties and everyday purchases so you’re able to rack up points now and redeem them for future travel.
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless cardmembers earn 6x points for every $1 spent at over 7,000 hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy, 2x points per $1 spent on all other purchases and a Free Night Award (valued up to 35,000 points) every year after account anniversary. Marriott Bonvoy Bold cardmembers earn 3x points per $1 spent at participating properties, 2x points per $1 spent on travel purchases and 1x point per $1 spent on all other eligible purchases. Whatever your travel style, there are endless hotel possibilities to explore from the Ritz-Carlton to W Hotels to Westin, Sheraton and more in destinations spanning the globe.
Set your travel intention
After a year without travel, we might feel pressured to pack our first trip with as much adventure as possible. Just remember that vacations are best enjoyed when rest and resetting are part of the plan — and this can look different for all of us. Setting a trip intention can help your trip take shape, giving you an idea of which activities you and any travel companion(s) want to prioritize, but make sure to leave a little wiggle room to relax.
Travel safe, travel smart
Even if your next big trip isn’t for a while, it’s important to stay up to date on safety and travel requirements. For example, if you don’t have a passport or if it’s expiring soon, it’s recommended to start that process as soon as possible given recent delays in passport processing. It’s also helpful to look into what safety and cancellation accommodations your selected airlines have in place to help you travel with more peace of mind. For example, when you book a trip with a Marriott Bonvoy card, cardmembers have added protection benefits for lost luggage and trip delay, as well as a travel and emergency services hotline to help you get back on track.
Most importantly, planning “revenge travel” gives us something to look forward to. Many travel booking sites and services make it possible for you to book well in advance, with low or no fees for cancellations. Plus, if you follow the few tips we’ve outlined, it’s sure to be smooth sailing (or flying!) for your future travels. After a massively unpredictable year, it’s never felt more empowering to plan for the future.
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