“An improving economy and the corporate travel that goes with it seem to be converging with a population for whom booking travel online has become increasingly onerous and time-consuming. Just how time-consuming? Steve Peterson, the global travel and transportation leader for the I.B.M. Institute for Business Value, set out to answer that very question. In a survey of more than 2,000 travelers worldwide, 20 percent said it took them more than five hours to search and book travel online. Nearly half said it required more than two hours.”
It’s now a little easier to get a taste of one of the world’s most exclusive resorts. The Wakaya Club & Spa recently introduced a line of artisanal organic products made on its remote island in Fiji. Originally sold only to restaurants and spas, the potent ginger powder, papaya powder and dilo lotion are now available to consumers.
It’s almost always possible to find last-minute space somewhere, but why compromise? By planning well in advance, you can secure exactly the accommodations you want exactly when you want, even in the height of the season. The Travel Office has assembled a list of destinations where hotels sell out far ahead of the high season. To secure choice properties in these locations, it’s worth starting to plan now.
The key to securing exactly what you want is planning ahead. Each year, we see some of the same destinations filling up around the same time, and inevitably, travelers start hitting a wall of sold-out hotels. We’ve assembled a list of destinations that can be difficult to book at the last minute — all spectacular and worth the effort of planning ahead.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Italy topped the list of foreign countries most-visited by Andrew Harper members last year. We decided to dig a little deeper to see where exactly people were going in their search for La Dolce Vita. Here are our ten most popular Italian properties, ranked by travel office bookings.
It’s always fascinating to scan through our Annual Reader Survey to see which hotels and resorts garner the most praise from our members. But it can be just as instructive to see which hotels and destinations attract the most travelers. We pulled together some statistics to see where our members traveled the most (by revenue) in 2011, and there were some surprises.
Many of the most popular holiday resorts sold out months ago — Little Dix Bay, Caneel Bay, Carlisle Bay, Hermitage Bay and Tortuga Bay are all booked — but it is still possible to find space somewhere warm over the winter holidays. If you do find availability at a resort, make sure you can [...]
Each January brings a flurry of calls to the Travel Office, as members start to plan their vacations for the rest of the year. These members usually have the best luck reserving exactly what they want, even in high season at the most sought-after properties. This window of opportunity closes quickly, however, making it important [...]
Favorite Beach: Trunk Bay, St. John USVI “I love the underwater national park signs, snorkeling tours and diving.” Linda Petrasek Favorite Harper Moments: Surprise Safari “…visiting a property in South Africa and being taken on a surprise elephant-back safari. As we came around a corner, there were 10 elephants waiting for us with their trainers.” [...]
In addition to their personal consultations with Mr. Harper, our Travel Office conducts a huge amount of research during the course of their trip planning efforts. Occasionally they discover hotel descriptions so wonderfully awry that they can’t help but file them away for posterity. Here are a few of their favorites from the recent past: [...]