IGLTA Contributor / Thursday, June 16, 2022 / Categories: Travel Blog LGBTQ+ Travel: Prep Now for Summer Getaways This article was submitted as part of a paid marketing package. LGBTQ+ Travel Guide for 2022 LGBTQ+ travelers should be planning now for their summer getaways. With warmer weather approaching, many travel providers are planning for a busy leisure travel season, and LGBTQ+ travelers can book a great deal on hotels, flights, travel insurance, and recreational activities now before it’s too late. Today there are many deals that may fade away as the travel industry slowly returns to normalcy, and with the right bookings, you can be certain that your next trip is flexible and affordable. Travel can be safe once again with the proper precautions and research. Consider booking your next summer getaway for the best possible deals available. How LGBTQ+ Travelers Can Get a Great Deal on Hotel and Flights Booking a cheap flight can be a bit of a challenge, but with some extra patience, there are great deals out there. Flight prices have a tendency to fluctuate, and while some cheap flights may seem like a great deal, they come with multiple layovers that can leave you stressed and frustrated. Further, prices online can jump up or down, depending on your location and whether you have visited the website before. Keep that in mind as you search for deals. Booking far in advance of your travel date can offer some levels of flexibility. Just because you booked what you thought was a great flight at the time, that doesn’t mean the price won’t drop closer to the date of your trip. Leverage the power of search engines that can sift through endless flight options and keep an eye on prices as your travel date approaches. If the cost of your flight drops dramatically, take advantage of cancelation policies that allow you to cancel for any reason, and then rebook the cheaper option. LGBTQ+ Travel: Solo Versus Group Travel, Where to Begin Solo travel has steadily gained popularity over the last several years among the LGBTQ+ community. As international travel has become increasingly more accessible and safer for LGBTQ+ travelers, many vacationers are now heading out on their own to explore the world. Of course, there are many pros and cons to both solo and group travel when identifying with the LGBTQ+ community. A certain level of safety comes with traveling alongside a friend or partner, while solo travel offers incredible flexibility to do what you want when you want. A number of group tours offer the best of both worlds and allow global travelers to connect with like-minded individuals within the LGBTQ+ community. For the solo traveler that wants to tag along with a group of fellow LGBTQ+ community members, these are some of the best options available: Outstanding travel - Mediterranean LGBTQ+ group offerings Pink Iceland - exploring the beauty of Iceland Oscar Wilde tours - LGBTQ+ friendly and education-focused tours of Europe Olivia - international LGBTQ+ group travel options specifically for women LGBTQ+ Travel and the Importance of Flexibility Every LGBTQ+ traveler should know the importance of flexibility when traveling in 2022. There are still elements of uncertainty, and COVID-19 can throw a wrench in your travel plans within a matter of hours. Ensure that every detail of your trip is flexible and includes cancelation policies that speak to sudden travel restrictions and border closures. Today “cancel for any reason” should be in the fine print of your travel insurance policy. Some offerings may suggest that vacationers can cancel for any reason, but many do not include the fear of travel. With offerings that include this minor point, you can cancel your trip or accommodations if you are fearful of contracting COVID-19. LGBTQ+ Travel with CAP, Powered by FocusPoint International Focuspoint International has partnered with IGLTA (International LGBTQ+ Travel Association) to offer the CAP medical and security travel assistance plan. The IGLTA website is an exceptional resource for LGBTQ+ travelers that can identify travel advisors and providers that are LGBTQ+ welcoming. View the LGBTQ+ safety and travel guide on the IGLTA website. Focuspoint International’s CAP travel medical and security assistance plan comes with a robust mobile app that includes destination-based health, safety, and security intelligence, COVID-19-specific information, a one-touch assistance button, and much more. The CAP plan offers unlimited 24/7 advice for a long list of travel mishaps often overlooked by traditional travel insurance, including COVID quarantine cost coverage. It also provides a fully funded response to incidents of riots, strikes, civil commotion, and natural disasters, with medical evacuation to a home hospital of choice, should you suffer from a medical mishap resulting in hospitalization. Contact us directly to learn more about available offerings that address many travel mishaps overlooked by traditional travel insurance. Previous Article How You Can Support The LGBTQ+ Community In Seattle Next Article Freedom to be yourself Print 307 Please login or register to post comments.