The Two Travel Must Do’s of 2017

Ready vacation suitcase on bed

By Joe O’Donnell

Ready vacation suitcase on bed

The question on everyone’s lips, where should we go on vacation this year? The answer is easy – where do you want to go? This year there are two places that are on everyone’s list – Cuba and Iceland.

With its legendary nightlife, iconic music, delicious cuisines and distinct culture Cuba is the number one trend in travel today. After being closed to Americans for over 50 years this small Caribbean island, less than an hour flight from Miami, has become the “must see before your neighbors see it” place. Cruise lines like Azamara Club Cruises®, MSC Cruises™, Norwegian Cruise Line®, Oceania Cruises®, Regent Seven Seas Cruises®, Royal Caribbean® and Viking Cruises® are now visiting this time capsule of an island and Americans are lining up to be among the first to set sail.

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Cruising to and around the island is without doubt the best way to experience it. With accommodations on the island in short supply there is an unimaginable joy that comes with returning each night to your floating 5-star resort – with its glorious air conditioning and filtered water.  As an added benefit, the cruise lines also facilitate the required travel affidavit and the corresponding requirements through their shore excursions and planned activities – many of which are included free of charge on the more luxury focused cruise lines.

Next up on the list – Iceland. This land of glacier fed waterfalls, volcanos, thermal spring and open skies is experiencing a tourism renaissance. Low cost carriers such as WOW and Icelandic air have made travelling to Iceland cheaper than most flights to NY from LA. However, once you land in Iceland, with its population base of less than 331,000 (or just 60 percent of Tucson’s population) you can expect to spend upwards of $300 a night on hotels (for a 3 star) if you are travelling during prime season (June-August). Should this be on your list for this year, book soon as rooms sell out fast as do rental cars should you be looking to drive the famed, “Golden Circle”.

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Cuba and Iceland are just two of the must do locations for many. Regardless of where your travel dreams take you there is no better time than now to put fingers to keyboard and start planning your next adventure. For more information, or to book your next vacation, visit or call, 1-800-860-0763.

Joe O’Donnell has a passion for travel and is the Executive Director for Privileges an American Express Travel Representative.


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