If you thought travel, you probably wondered what it is like to travel now.
So, what is it like to travel during COVID? Here is my experience of traveling to Mexico.
Going through the airport was different but also so familiar. It was certainly less crowded, especially at the smaller Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, while Miami International Airport and Charlotte Douglas International Airport were significantly busier. That being said, everyone was wearing masks unless seated at a restaurant.
Boarding was efficient, all in-flight service was suspended and instead, we received a bottle of water, a snack, and a disinfecting wipe as we boarded the planes. Our flight from Savannah to Miami was almost empty, while our flights to and from Cancun were full. Masks were worn during the entire fight and everyone that I encountered was respectful.
Once in Mexico, all staff from airport staff to transportation and hotel staff were all a pleasure, welcoming, and helpful. Masks were worn, we were asked to sanitize our hands prior to each interaction, our luggage was sanitized upon arrival to the hotel, and we sanitized our shoes as we entered the hotel.
While at the resort, guests were not required to wear masks and the majority of guests did not wear masks while all staff wore masks at all times. Still, we felt comfortable with the number of guests at the resort.
At the restaurants, instead of physical menus, all menus were accessible on smartphones via a QR code. As much as I really wanted to ditch my phone for the trip (and I did for the majority of the time) accessing menus via phones was a good measure.
Prior to entering the spa and gym, our temperatures were taken.
Overall, we felt safe and are happy to have traveled. However, I understand that not everyone would feel comfortable traveling and I wouldn’t recommend it for everyone.
Vacations are meant to be enjoyed, so if you aren’t comfortable being around others even with masks and think you will be stressed out, don’t fly just yet. Either wait a bit longer or choose a vacation where you can minimize interactions with strangers.
How do you ask?
Drive or fly private.
Choose a Vacation Rental, go glamping or stay at a resort with plenty of open spaces for social distancing and even separate cottages such as Montage Palmetto Bluff.
Think you might want to travel soon? Here are a few additional tips:
Reach out to a travel advisor to discuss options. There are many factors to take into consideration when deciding to travel, especially now. Can you travel? Are American travelers welcome? Do you need to provide a negative COVID test? What is the actual experience going to be like? Are all the facilities and amenities open? Which property will be best for you?
Get travel insurance. Not all travel insurance is the same and be sure to understand what is and isn’t covered.
Be mentally prepared to reschedule if needed. (P.S. having a travel advisory in this situation makes this SO much easier than if you have to do it alone. )
Whenever you do decide to go, I am here to make the entire process stress-free!