Book now to avoid higher prices for flights and rentals :: WRAL.com

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By Monica Laliberte, WRAL executive producer/5 on Your Side reporter Raleigh, N.C. — After more than a year of lockdowns, more people are ready to enjoy time away from work and home and get back to travel adventures. The increasing number of COVID-19 vaccinations in the U.S. is making traveling […]

— After more than a year of lockdowns, more people are ready to enjoy time away from work and home and get back to travel adventures.

The increasing number of COVID-19 vaccinations in the U.S. is making traveling for vacation more feasible. For some, the further away, the better.

If you’re planning to fly, travel expert Chris Elliott recommends booking now to get the best deals.

“The earlier the better,” said Elliott. “I mean, in March alone, airfares could rise by as much as 8 percent.”

One caveat, though, is that foreign travel is still limited.

“There still are a lot of countries that will not let Americans in — you can go to places like Mexico and the Caribbean, but Europe is off-limits right now,” explained Elliott.

Whether abroad or on the mainland, vacation rentals are also in very high demand, which translates to higher prices. Hotel and car rental rates are also expected to rise.

With COVID-19 still a concern, Elliott says, expect the unexpected.

“The government is really keeping a very close eye on what happens and they are prepared to actually clamp down on travel,” he said.

The CDC still recommends that people do not travel at this time but published a list of guidelines to help travelers lower their risk of exposure to COVID-19.

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