When is the Best Time to Plan a Summer Vacation? Our Travel Advisors say, “NOW!”

Some of our travel agency’s clients out west are digging out from under an unfathomable amount of snow right now. But for those in other parts of the country, it truly feels like it’s officially springtime. We’re just a few short weeks away from the busiest vacation travel time of the year—summer.

If the number of Americans applying for passports is any indication, it’s going to be a very busy season for international travel. The U.S. State Department recently updated passport processing times on its website. Regular service will take 10-13 weeks, and expedited will take 7-9 weeks and cost an additional $60. Even appointments to expedite processing at a Passport Agency are hard to schedule because they are filled up, plus you must have international travel plans within 14 calendar days to try to make an appointment.

If you don’t have a valid passport or yours is expiring within six months, an international summer vacation will probably have to become a late summer or early fall trip. Our travel advisors highly recommend submitting new or renewal passport applications as soon as possible if there is any possibility of an international trip in your future.

No matter your passport status, our luxury travel planners and group travel agents (if you’re vacationing with friends or family) are here to help with both domestic and international vacation destination ideas—places we’ve been personally, places we’re visiting soon and places we’ve yet to go, but where we have connections.

Now’s the time to start planning an epic luxury travel adventure or a relaxing retreat for your summer vacation. Need a little vacation destination inspiration? Here are the destinations our team of corporate travel planners, luxury travel planners, honeymoon travel agents and group travel agents will be exploring this summer:

Eric Hrubant: Los Angeles, Miami and Montreal 
Katy Rebrovich: Salt Lake City
Jason Villacres: Lisbon, Paris and Santa Fe, New Mexico
Esther Klijn: Las Vegas and The Bahamas
Amy Brueckner: London, the Cotswolds & the Lake District, Acadia National Park
Terri O’Brien: A Mediterranean cruise to Italy and Greece
Augie McGannon: New Orleans, Puerto Rico and Cartagena
Robyn Panaccione: Maine and the Jersey Shore
Melissa Chaquea: Colombia, India, Paris, Rome, Tuscany, Menorca
YinYin Petersen: Miami
Nikki Ledbetter:  New Orleans and Puerto Rico
Jamie Bennett: The Outer Banks, North Carolina and Cape Cod
Mark Pizza: Southern California

Have you always fantasized about visiting the best places in Central America, the Maldives, Hawaii, Italy, Bangkok, hidden gems in Greece, or Tanzania? Want to go somewhere different and thrilling, but not sure where? Leave it to our travel planners to make it happen. CIRE Travel’s agents are world travelers you can trust for firsthand experience on the best destinations, whatever or wherever your dream vacation may be.

What’s on your bucket list? Tell us what you’d like to do or where you’d like to go, and we’ll handle the details while you sit back and look forward to it. Our expertise and A-list connections will make your trip the summer vacation of a lifetime.

Now’s the time to begin planning. Contact CIRE Travel today and let’s get started.


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