May 11, 2022
7 Less Expensive Summer Vacation Destinations
To jump-start your trip brainstorming, we picked seven cheaper alternatives to popular summer travel spots. Marci-Beth Maple, spokesperson for the travel company Zicasso, said travelers love Belize for its biodiversity, Mayan ruins and the world’s second-largest barrier reef. It’s also home to the Great Blue Hole, the largest underwater sinkhole on the planet.
May 10, 2022
The Euro Is at $1.05—the Lowest It’s Been in Years
Luxury travel consultancy Zicasso reported that compared to the first quarter of 2021, summer travel bookings for 2022 are currently up 500 percent, with Europe trips constituting 80 percent of those bookings.
April 12, 2022
After two years of pandemic isolation, multigenerational family travel is booming
"Due to the pandemic, many people may not have spent enough time with their families, especially when it comes to grandparents and their grandkids," said Brian Tan, founder and CEO of online travel referral platform Zicasso. "And so, we're seeing a significant increase in big, multigenerational family trips."
March 3, 2022
Travel Trends for 2022
According to a trends report compiled by Zicasso, an online luxury-travel referral service headquartered in Mountain View, California, travelers are staying in one location longer, searching for more local experiences, and spending more money on vacations than they did pre-pandemic.
February 11, 2022
Experience the Magic of 'Encanto' on This 8-day Trip to Colombia
Zicasso, a company that matches travelers with leading travel agents to help create dream vacation itineraries, may not want to "talk about Bruno," but it does want to help you set off on a magical Encanto-inspired trip to Colombia.
February 2, 2022
This could be the biggest spring break for travel in years. Here’s how to prepare for it.
At Zicasso, which matches travelers with travel agents, customers are on track to spend 30 percent more this year than they did in 2019. But spring break doesn’t have to drain your bank account, says Marci-Beth Maple, a marketing manager for the company. She recommends an international destination, such as Central or South America, if you don’t have a lot of time or money.“For those with a longer spring break vacation, this may be the last opportunity to visit many iconic destinations in Europe without the traditional crowds,” she adds. “February and March are a good time to visit Italy, Spain, Portugal and other European countries. And it’s shoulder season, so it’s less expensive.”
January 14, 2022
The most popular destinations for 2022 travel, according to experts
Brian Tan, the founder and chief executive of the travel planning company Zicasso, says the average price per trip has gone up 38 percent compared to pre-pandemic business. Customers are upgrading their experiences, lengthening their trips, picking luxury properties and taking private tours.
January 5, 2022
Where to Travel in 2022
“While the Galapagos Islands has been a perennial draw with its unique wildlife and experiences like snorkeling with playful sea lions and walking with giant tortoises, Ecuador also has much to offer on the mainland,” says Brian Tan, CEO of Zicasso, a luxury travel company in Mountain View, Calif.
December 7, 2021
Travelers face more uncertainty in 2022. Here’s how to make plans.
Brian Tan, chief executive and co-founder of luxury travel company Zicasso, says people are already spending more on their 2022 trips, particularly when they go abroad. The average international trip cost for next year has increased to $5,800 per person — up 38 percent from 2019, according to Zicasso’s internal booking numbers. Travelers also expect more, because it may be their first international trip in several years.
October 4, 2021
The Resurgence of the Travel Agent
In the age of a global health crisis, folks who have not worked with travel advisors before are turning to the pros for trip planning and custom itineraries. According to Tan, Zicasso has seen an increased demand in the wake of Covid for travel experts and the services they provide.
July 9, 2021
Should you cancel your summer vacation? Crowds, high prices and variants have some travelers reconsidering.
Mike Gnitecki had an ambitious trip to Italy planned for this summer — a two-week tour of Rome, Milan and Florence. But halfway through booking his first getaway in more than a year, he decided to cancel it.
June 22, 2021
Europe travel is complicated. Take these 7 tips from travelers who just went.
As Europe continues reopening its borders to Americans, travelers are jumping at the opportunity to return to the continent. Entry requirements are different depending on the country you’re visiting, but one thing remains the same: It’s complicated to go to Europe right now.