We may be staying home during the pandemic, but our urge to connect to the world as countries being to reopen is stronger than ever, especially for travel goers.
People who are looking to take advantage of cheap flights may be surprised at how differently travel will look throughout the summer.
In these uncertain times, there are also many questions that travelers seriously need answers to.
What countries are re-opening?
When will travel be safe again?
Do I need to quarantine 14-days after travel?
What happens if my returning flight gets canceled before boarding?
Deciding to make summer vacation plans during COVID-19 can be stressful.
But with a few tips, you’ll be better equipped to form an educated decision this travel season.
Domestic & International destinations
A few popular travel destinations have begun reopening their cities to travelers. Based on data from Memorial Day weekend, domestic travel has been on the rise.
If you are considering using your mileage points, be advised that these deals may be sticking around.
The truth is, any airlines are using low fares as an incentive to get customers booking.
That means more frequent flights at a discounted rate.
Some great travel locations that are reopening to the public (starting July 1st) include:
- The Caribbean
- Las Vegas
- Napa Wineries
- Most U.S cities
Airline, Cruise and Hotel Cancellation Policies
Understanding the ins and outs of all travel itineraries is crucial now more than ever.
Before planning a summer trip, make sure you purchase travel protection to get ahead of any coronavirus-derailments that may happen.
If you do decide to plan, here’s what you need to know:
- Delta Air Lines has extended rebooking for flights canceled during the coronavirus for two years out.
- All cruising is on hold until July at the earliest
- Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts are waiving cancellation fees
- St. Regis and Ritz-Carlton, have majorly discounted rooms
Major events are still canceled
Despite borders reopening, events across the world that were previously scheduled to take place are still canceled.
If you haven’t received the memo, here’s a complete list of event cancelations.
If you aren’t passport ready, then you might want to sit this one out.
The U.S. is currently only issuing new passports in emergency cases, and Global Entry enrollments have been suspended for the time being.
However, the deadline to apply for Real ID, a new federally approved identification all Americans will need for domestic travel, has been extended beyond the October 1st deadline.
What does this mean for passport holders?
Business as usual.
Summer travel is at the forefront of everyone’s thoughts, but we are still in the midst of a pandemic.
Boarding planes and using public restrooms during this time can be difficult if you aren’t prepared. Bringing along antibacterial supplies can help you stay safe while remaining 6ft apart.
If you are going head out this summer, consider packing a few essential items to help you remain germ-free:
- Hand sanitizer
- Antibacterial wipes
- Disposable/Cloth face masks
- Disinfectant spray
- Probiotics (builds healthy immunity)
Holding off before booking your next trip is okay if you have reservations about traveling right now.
Staying up-to-date on travel restrictions is essential when planning for the coming weeks and can save you a lot of time.
By incorporating these tips into your travel plans, you’ll be on your way to having a successful getaway while remaining safe.