How to Safely Resume Travel
Travel Know How Post Covid is invaluable to get a great experience. Summer will be here soon. More and more people are being vaccinated and planning their next Dream Vacation. Travel will never be the same and we all must get use to the “New Normal,” so as you prepare to satisfy your wanderlust and start globetrotting the world to explore your next exciting destination, here are a few pointers to keep in mind and ensure your trip goes smoothly.
Work with a travel specialist to make sure the destination you wish to visit is COVID-safe. Your travel specialist will keep you up to date on the entry and exit requirements of the country you want to visit, and they will assist you with any special forms you may need to complete prior to your trip. Your trusted travel specialist will work with you from the beginning to the end of your vacation, offering 24-hour customer service if an issue should arise. Before traveling, make sure to register with the U.S. Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.travel.state.gov to learn about travel advisories. Additionally, review latest testing and quarantine requirements from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). It’s important to remember that regulations are subject to change as developments transpire. As your travel specialist, I will keep you informed on what you need to know before you travel.
Ready for that vacation getaway but are unsure of the type of travel you want to experience? Consider a private villa for your family, friends, or travel companions – some can even accommodate more than 20 people. Many are in gated communities and have the same amenities as a hotel or resort, such as pools, hot tubs, tennis courts, private beaches, butlers, cooks, and chauffeur service so you can relax and enjoy your vacation time, and not be concerned with large crowds.
Remember to pack your regular travel essentials, as well as extra reusable masks, hand sanitizer in travel size containers, and alcohol wipes to clean surfaces you need to touch. You may want to consider taking a picture and email yourself a copy of your travel documents such as your passport, visa, and insurance cards. You may want to consider taking an extra USB charger for your phone, camera, or computer so you will not be concerned about running out of power and not being near an outlet.
When traveling by airplane, select a window seat to reduce the number of people sitting around you and avoid the amount of people passing you by in the aisle. Once you’re seated, open the air vent above your seat. Pack your patience; it is important to be flexible as flight delays and changes are all part of the new normal. Check with your air carrier 24 hours prior to your scheduled flight for the latest updates and do online check- in when possible. Use your cell phone to check in on the airline’s mobile app in advance and save your boarding pass straight to your phone. Bring food or snacks in your carry on as some airport concession stands and eateries may not be open and bring a refillable water container to fill post security check points. You can expect temperature scan checks and health surveys to be filled out prior to boarding as well. To help make your airport screening process easier enroll in the TSA Pre-check program. tsa.gov/precheck
Most importantly, make sure to purchase travel insurance! You’ve made an investment in your vacation and are looking forward to having an awesome travel experience, make sure it’s well protected. All travel insurance is not the same. Travel insurance plans may include a variety of benefits including lost luggage, trip delays or missed flights, and medical coverage while on-trip including emergency evacuation protection. A good travel insurance plan includes these benefits and so much more. Some travel insurance plans may even offer the option to “cancel for any reason”. Travel insurance is more valuable now than ever, especially during the pandemic.
Now relax and get ready to have lots of fun and make new memories.
About Carolyn Pinkney
Carolyn Pinkney CEO/ Dream Vacations Franchise Owner,lives in Upper Marlboro Maryland.
She is a member of (PTANA) Professional Travel Agents of North America Baltimore Chapter and (CLIA) Cruise Lines International Association.
While globetrotting the world as a military spouse, she has lived in 6 states, traveled to 36 states, and visited 16 countries. Traveling is her passion! Her dedicated curiosity and wanderlust will not allow her to stay still. She specializes in curating rich culturally immersive travel experiences that enrich lives.
Before she transitioned to the travel industry her first love was food. She has graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park New York with an Associate’s Degree of Culinary Arts. She loves doing volunteer workHere are a few of the organizations she works with are Special Olympics, Relay for Life, and currently The Star Leadership Academy for Girls in Baltimore.
To find out more and work with Carolyn visit: www.cpinkney.dreamvacations.com
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