The COVID-19 pandemic has redefined the way we travel and continues to influence our travel plans and destinations. After a long exile, TRAVEL IS BACK and we couldn’t be happier to serve you and make your vacations memorable and safe.
While countries open up their borders and popular destinations get ready to receive guests, the state of travel has changed and there are new layers of restrictions and procedures put in place for your own safety and the people that will help make your stay a memorable and safe one.
With the ever-changing situation and uncertainties involved, one must wonder if we will truly be able to enjoy our vacation and travel like the good ole times or live in anxiety for our safety. Fear Not! Because we have the ultimate safe travel checklist to guide you through your next journey and make your vacation a pleasant and memorable one.
Check Travel Restrictions
Check your country’s travel advisory, guidelines or restrictions in place for your planned destination. Visit reputable sources for health information and guidelines. Check your country’s travel advisory for popular holiday destinations.
Pro Tip: Use Sherpa, an independent organisation that will guide you to getting the right travel documentation and understanding up-to-date global travel requirements.
Plan and Book in Advance
Many hotels, resorts, airlines and places have a limit on the number of guests that they can serve and this can lead to a shortage and a booking frenzy. In order to avoid disappointments and missing out, book early and well in advance. When you arrive at your destination, call and check if the attractions are open and any restrictions in place.
Pro Tip: The ideal time to book a vacation is between 21 to 28 days. Take advantage of your long weekend for longer getaways.
Travel Close to Home
This is the perfect time to travel to local destinations and explore your country, support local and small business while avoiding the risks & uncertainties of international travel.
Pro Tip: Travelling locally will reduce your travel time, save on costs and allow you to make the most out of your vacation and also contribute to the local economy.
Flex Booking Policies
Book your vacation with flexible booking options including your flight, hotel or any activities. Most service providers offer ‘free cancellation’ or ‘no change fees’ and make sure that you carefully read the cancellation policy before confirming your booking.
Pro Tip: Get at least one hotel elite status or membership. It’s easier to maintain an hotel elite status than it is to maintain a elite airline status.
Learn about Cleanliness Measures
Look into the Covid cleaning protocol for your destination, service provider or planned activities. In an effort to maintain transparency, a lot of places are disclosing how they are going above and beyond to keep guests safe.
Pro Tip: Swipe high-touch zones like doors handles, bathroom fixtures, light switches, hairstyling tools, the remote control with disinfecting wipes. Remember, just because you can’t see germs, doesn’t mean they’re not there.
Personal Protective Equipment
Carry enough masks, disinfecting wipes, gloves and hand sanitizer with you. Even though most places have cleaning and sanitizing protocols, it’s advisable to be extra cautious and carry your own personal protection essentials. Better be safe than sorry!
Pro Tip: It’s suggested on long bus, train or plane trips to change your mask every five hours. Some carriers have banned the use of cloth masks, so be sure to check all regulations well in advance of departure.
Review any Insurance Coverage
Review your personal health insurance and make sure you have enough and all the essential health coverage for any unforeseen circumstances. You do not want to burn a hole into your wallet and make a dent in your savings.
Pro Tip: Your credit card insurance includes coverage for disability, critical illness for travel outside of your province or state.
We wish you a safe trip and a memorable experience. May the force be with you!
For the joy of the journey #VoyageWithViaggio