Planning travel in 2021?
I won’t pull any punches, navigating travel in 2021 won’t be the easiest. Things are going to continue to look different this year, but things are starting to look up. And after months of being grounded, you’re probably more than eager to be able to travel safely again.
Here are 7 tips to get you safely through your 2021 travels.
If 2020 taught us anything, it is to be nimble. The same goes for your travel plans. Be mentally prepared to make changes if needed. I still believe it is smart to start planning now, to have a plan that can be adjusted. Why? See tip #2.
BE COGNIZANT OF LIMITED SUPPLIES
People are starting to feel a bit more comfortable with traveling and demand is growing, many 2020 vacations were re-scheduled for 2021 and some establishments are not operating at full capacity. All of that means that availability is limited. If you know you want to travel in 2021, start exploring options and remain flexible.
KNOW WHAT EXPERIENCE TO EXPECT IN DESTINATION
Are all the facilities and amenities open? Is the hotel operating at full capacity? Are masks required inside and outside? Ask questions and know what you are and aren't comfortable with before booking.
HIRE A TRAVEL ADVISOR
You probably have lots of questions about traveling during COVID. Can you travel to that destination? Do you need to provide a negative COVID test? What is the actual experience going to be like? Which property will be best for you? One of the best ways to get answers and make an informed decision is to chat with a trusted travel advisor. And if or when changes are needed, you will have a trusted travel advisor to turn to.
PURCHASE TRAVEL INSURANCE
Not all travel insurance is the same so be sure to understand what is and isn’t covered when purchasing a policy. Some things to take into consideration: Is supplier default covered, how much medical coverage is available, are there and what are the exclusions.
CHECK YOUR PASSPORT EXPIRATION
No one wants to be denied boarding at the airport gate, right? My advice is to check your passport expiration today to make sure your passport has at least 6 months validity past your intended travel dates. It is a requirement for many countries and airlines. Though there are exceptions to the rule, I don't recommend it as things can change. If needed, submit for renewal keeping in mind that there is a backlog and they are estimating 12 weeks of processing. As a reference, my daughter's new passport came back in 8 weeks and a client's renewal took the full 12 weeks. And for your convenience (because I’m all about simplifying) click here for passport renewals.
Those are my 7 tips to safely navigate through planning and traveling your adventures 2021.