In 2020, the U.S. Travel Association reported that travel dropped by 42% and 18+ states suffered from lack of tourism. We’re not alone in canceling everything from conferences to weddings, family reunions and honeymoons. It’s been a whopper of a year and for all who did their part, we 100% believe in making up for lost time by leveling up your next trip and making it even bigger and better than ever. The places and businesses you’ll visit will thank you and it’ll be a souvenir to remember. Folks are calling it revenge travel and well, it couldn’t be sweeter.
Own That PTO
Our word of advice from here on out: use every single minute of PTO you’ve worked so hard for. Don’t let it roll over, don’t let them expire and definitely don’t feel guilty about putting your mental health and wellbeing first by actually taking it. Back in the day, we squeezed in a day off here and there by tacking it onto business trips or taking a three-day weekend. If there’s one takeaway from last year, we’ve realized work should fit around your life, not the other way around.
The new way we’re vacaying is combining PTO with the perks of remote work because really, what’s the difference as long as you’ve got access to a computer? Imagine taking that next conference call out on the roof deck with a cocktail in hand and enjoying more than a few days off at a time. Bonus: Kimpton hotels and restaurants have wicked fast Wi-Fi so there’s no lag time or dropped calls and there’s often deals for staying through off peak days like Sunday nights.
Boost Those Rewards Points
Many points programs have pivoted and your grocery and daily living purchases have probably helped you rack up the points. With IHG Rewards, you can trade in your points for a nicer rental car, spa treatments, restaurants and swap for enough miles to upgrade to a first class ticket. Suites don’t have to be saved for a special occasion so go ahead and treat yourself like the VIP that you know you are. All those points aren’t going to spend themselves and trust us, experiential is always the way to go.
Pick a Package
Some travelers go with the flow and others are very detail-oriented (and we love you both). For your revenge trip, remember that vacation packages exist for a reason. Our travel experts curate all the best parts of their city into one neat click and book so you don’t have to do the heavy lifting.
Take the Retail Therapy experience at Boston’s Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel. You’ll get exclusive discounts to our favorite local shops, a private styling session at Burberry’s flagship store, a bottle of bubbly and a Penthouse upgrade to take selfies in your new wardrobe. For a trip that feeds the mind, we love the Power of the People package in Atlanta at Kimpton Sylvan Hotel. You’ll rest in deluxe guest rooms and spend the day at The National Center for Civil and Human Rights with complimentary tickets. Wrap up your trip with the included gift card for curated goods from Black entrepreneurs.
Put Local Businesses First
Once you’re at your destination of choice, we beg of you – please shop local and with places that reflect your values whether that’s the environment or female entrepreneurship. Small businesses are dependent on your support and our hotel team can point you in the right direction for your next boutique or homegrown find. We love taking home artisanal snacks and spreads or carry-on sized gifts like candles and handcrafted jewelry. Bring back a thoughtful gift for others who haven’t had a chance to travel yet