7 travel mistakes to avoid in 2023

Nancy Aronson is already planning to travel in 2023. She and her husband, Jules, are planning a Danube cruise in April, with stops in Passau, Germany, as well as Vienna and Budapestto see the spring flowers.

“We can meet parents,” says Aronson, a retired nonprofit director who lives in Bethesda, Maryland. “So we will also rent a car.”

Planning a trip beyond winter in 2023 might seem a little premature, but it’s not. Flights fill up quickly. Some hotels are nearly full, travel experts say. Next year, the travel industry is expected to return to normal after three years of the pandemic, and demand is high, despite economic worries.

People considering going abroad face a minefield of possible mistakes. Take Aronson’s Spring Trip. This is a popular time for a river cruise, so fares will be high. And even if the shortage of rental cars is easing, prices remain high, especially in Europe. It is almost always better to take the train.

So what do you need to know about travel in 2023? This is the year when everything is supposed to return to “normal” – which most experts say will look like kinda like 2019. Above all, don’t expect to get a last-minute deal (or maybe everything deal) for next year’s trip.

“Demand remains high,” says Pam Young, executive vice president of Internova Travel Group. “I don’t expect prices to go down in 2023.”

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