In North America and Europe, travellers are feeling the heat—and not just from the weather.
Peak travel season has brought chaos to travellers throughout the US and Europe, with pent-up demand for travel and decreasing international travel restrictions meaning that this North Hemisphere summer, with global bookings exceeding pre-pandemic levels, travellers are left dealing with cancellations, delays, and long queues at every turn.
Now that the US has dropped its COVID entry requirements, travel demand is only going to increase even further.
However, increased travel in North America and Europe is bringing a multitude of problems, with thousands of cancellations already this summer caused by staff shortages, weather, oversold flights, COVID complications, and lags in staffing recruitment, combining to leave many stranded or frustrated in a foreign country.
For consumers eager to travel overseas again, but wanting to avoid the summer disruptions, Chimu suggests leaving Greece or California for another time and plan a holiday to South America.
Unlike other holiday hotspots, South America isn’t struggling with over-tourism and flight shortages. It’s smooth sailing to world-famous destinations like Rio, Buenos Aires, and Machu Picchu, with airlines, tour operators, and hotels resuming normal operations, eagerly awaiting international guests.
“In South America, airlines and airports are operating smoother and more efficiently than ever,” Nick Macciocca, Brazil operations manager for Chimu Adventures explained.
“None of our countries are suffering from shortages of staff, and they have refined their processes and systems in order to cope with the additional work created by COVID requirements to make everything as efficient as possible.”
The 2022/2023 Southern Hemisphere summer season is an ideal time to visit South America, as travellers can bypass the crowds and problems plaguing the Northern Hemisphere, enjoying a relaxing and stress-free holiday experience.
Paula Torrejón Scaff, Chimu’s operations manager in Chile, advised that not only is travel to South America back to normal, but tour operators are welcoming overseas guests with open arms.
“Regarding flight frequencies and cancellations, up to now all is working normally. LATAM has restarted flights from Sydney and connections with the rest of the countries in LATAM are working fine, with few delays and changes,” she said.
“In general, we don’t see cancellations, maybe a few changes on the time of departure, and on very few occasions a modification of the travel date.
“Overall, I think now South America is much safer and more consistent than Europe, and we are willing to host all visitors after two years!”