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Want to travel this holiday season? These are the 8 best places to go and 6 to avoid, according to experts.

The beach at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort in Aruba.

Consider spending the holidays on one of the beaches recommended by travel experts. Tripadvisor

  • If you’re planning 2021 holiday travel, experts say to book right away for the best deals.

  • Many international borders are open to vaccinated Americans and policies are lenient.

  • Here’s where travel experts say you should go, where to avoid, and what to know before booking.

If you’re considering holiday travel, don’t wait any longer to book airfare, hotels, and vacations. Experts say right now is the best time to score the best deals.

There are many options for American travelers – including destinations abroad –

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CDC says to ‘avoid travel’ to Barbados, Croatia due to COVID-19 cases

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s list of countries where Americans should avoid travel because of “very high” COVID-19 cases grew again Monday, with Barbados and Croatia the most notable additions.

Other countries raised to level 4, the agency’s highest travel health alert level: Austria, Armenia, Latvia and New Calendonia. All had been at level 3, which indicates case counts are “high.”

More than 80 countries are now on the ever-changing list of countries travelers should avoid, including Jamaica, Aruba, Belize, the United Kingdom, Greece and other popular tourist destinations.

The CDC also lowered travel

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U.S. Officials Tell Americans to Avoid Jamaica in Latest Travel Warning

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added three more countries to its highest advisory level, including the popular beach destination of Jamaica, warning Americans not to travel there.

The agency, which updates its travel advisory each week, raised Jamaica to a “Level 4,” indicating a “very high level” of COVID-19 transmission in the country and telling American tourists to “avoid travel” to the island. U.S. travelers are also advised by the State Department to not travel to Jamaica due to COVID-19.

For its part, Jamaica welcomes U.S. tourists with proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter. Travelers

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CDC says travelers should avoid Puerto Rico, Switzerland, other destinations due to COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added two U.S. territories to its list of destinations with “very high” COVID-19 risk, advising Americans against traveling to Puerto Rico and Guam, among other destinations in CDC Travel Health Notices issued Monday.

The agency also upgraded Switzerland, Saint Lucia, Azerbaijan, Estonia and North Macedonia to Level 4 on Monday. Level 4 is the CDC’s highest risk category. The State Department also added those five countries to its “Level 4: Do Not Travel” list due to COVID-19 concerns.

The State Department, which takes CDC Travel Health Notices into account for

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