Another week, another crazy turnstyle of corona woes.
If you haven’t heard, news broke this week that it will be very unlikely that Americans will be allowed to travel to Europe for the remainder of 2020. Uncertainty seems to be the theme of 2020, with no one quite sure of what will happen next.
While I myself do not claim to be a fortune teller, I do want to stress a few important things.
Places are, in fact, opening up, but I think that we need to pump the breaks a little before whiping out our credit cards to purchase those plane tickets.
This is where I put my advisor hat on. And it’s an unpopular opinion, but bear with me – there are so many mitigating factors involved in purchasing a vacation. And so many working parts that must be orchestrated together perfectly to be able to execute the seamless vacations that you’ve all come to know and love from Serendipitous Traveler.
Currently airlines are operating at limited capacity and have limited their runs. While you are able to purchase airline tickets, it is very much up in the air until you travel whether the flight will be canceled last minute due to low numbers. That can have a domino effect on your other reservations.
Bottom line: I am 100% opposed to travel. Everything will depend on your timing, your departure location and your destination. Be flexible in making travel arrangements and be ready to pivot if needed (i.e. don’t be surprised if your direct flight booking turns into a layover. Policies and procedures are changing daily. Watch all of your communications closely)
Even though places are opening up, there are several caveats in place.
What do I mean by that?
Airlines are now requiring travelers to be masked for the entire flight, baring a medical reason.
Several destinations like Alaska and Hawaii either are open or are opening up to outside visitors, provided you have a negative COVID test within a certain time period prior to departure. Other countries like Iceland are requiring a COVID test when you land. Other countries require forms prior to departure. Others have declaration forms that must be filled out before you land. And this week New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut enacted a mandatory 14 day quarantine for out of state visitors. Which leads me to my final point:
There are so many questions to be answered when it comes to your travel plans for the remainder of 2020 and 2021. Travel and all the research involved is always a tedious process. COVID-19 has made it even more so.
Whether it’s a domestic staycation close by, or you are feeling brave and want to venture beyond your comfort zone, please schedule a call with me so you can know all of the facts prior to take off. I am currently walking several clients through their 2020 and 2021 travel plans to make sure they are well informed, equipped, advocated for, and, most importantly, protected prior to take off.
Still confused by what is or isn’t possible this year? Fill out my trip planning form and I will be in touch to schedule a complimentary consultation. I won’t hold back and certainly won’t hesitate to tell you if something is or is not a good idea right now.
Because at the end of the day I’m not just your booking agent. I am your travel advisor, your concierge, and you are a part of the Serendipitous Traveler family. And I’m here to take care of you.
Until next time, happy wanderlusting!