Updated: July 6, 2022
If you are traveling to Europe this summer, the headlines of harrowing travel challenges may have you worried as your departure comes near. While you should look forward to the beautiful summer weather and your chance to visit the iconic cities, gorgeous countryside, and sparkling seas, you will also want to travel with your expectations in line with current realities.
Due to unprecedented demand for European summer travel along with the continuing impacts of Covid-19 and staffing challenges, it is possible that canceled flights, weather delays, lost luggage, staff strikes, and more may play a role in your upcoming vacation.
These simple tips can help you better prepare for your travel experience and possibly avoid challenges later on.
The most significant issues we see this summer revolve around flights, primarily flight cancellations and delays. While the July 4 travel weekend saw fewer cancellations than the week prior, it is still wise to prepare so that you can act quickly to reduce any disruption to your travel plans.
Use this checklist to familiarize yourself with your flight itinerary before you leave for the airport, and have the details you need handy should any cancellations or delays occur.
If you are already at the airport and your flight is canceled or delayed, you can secure the best alternative flight itinerary by working quickly and proactively.
For more travel tips, read this article from Today, Travel woes? What to do if your flight is canceled or delayed and watch this video from The Wall Street Journal, Three Best Travel Tips for Navigating Your Summer Vacation.
While European destinations historically offer high standards for luxury travelers, reduced staffing across the entire European travel industry, combined with a sharp increase in demand, may lead to slower service response times with a cascading effect.
As service providers try to keep up, many of them, including Zicasso travel specialist partners, prioritize their responses to travelers with the most immediate travel dates. Thus, you may experience slower response times, but know that everyone is doing their best to ensure that you will enjoy an excellent trip.
Despite the possibility of potential disruptions and reduced service levels, most Zicasso travelers who have returned from European trips this summer have written five-star reviews. If you have an upcoming trip, chances are, you too will enjoy a magnificent journey.
Matching your expectations to the reality of European travel this summer is about adhering to the adage that travel is about the journey, not the destination. USA Today’s article Coping Strategies for Crazy 2022 Travel Season: Take a Breath and Lower Your Expectations offers more advice on how to enjoy your overall travel experience.
Given the higher chances for disruptions, travel insurance is a great idea. Travel insurance can give you peace of mind when dealing with the uncertain challenges surrounding traveling to Europe in the summer of 2022.
Not only can it help cover the cost of medical emergencies, but it can also help mitigate losses due to canceled or postponed flights.
Visit our travel insurance page to learn more about travel insurance and to get a quote designed around your trip.
Our Commitment to Excellence
Even with the current travel realities, European travel still delivers many magical, memorable, and unique experiences. Indeed, the majority of Zicasso travelers who returned from Europe this summer have had an excellent experience and shared rave reviews.
The travel tips we recommend here are to help you obtain the best experience possible during your summer 2022 Europe trip. As always, Zicasso and our local travel specialist partners are committed to ensuring you have excellent services for an unforgettable vacation.
If there’s anything else we can help you with, call our Traveler Care team at 1-888-265-9707.