As more people become vaccinated, and borders begin to open once again, the option to travel is finally on the horizon.
If you are like many, both anxious and excited about returning to a more travel-friendly world, these tips can help you get back into travel:
1. Book early
Many travelers have already gotten a jump start on making travel purchases like transportation, lodging, and more. As travel prices begin to climb thanks to the new demand, it’s best to book as soon as possible.
2. Read the fine print
Many aspects of travel have changed in the last year, which is why it’s now more important to make sure you read the fine print when it comes to booking flights, choosing hotels, and planning tours and excursions. Check on things like cancellation and rebooking terms, how you would be refunded or credited, and other important information that you’ll need to know before making your purchases.
3. Consider travel insurance
4. Pay with a credit card
Paying with a credit card provides additional protection if something should go wrong with the travel reservation.
5. Be alert for travel scams
6. Check health requirements
7. Keep your health in mind
What precautions should travelers take against COVID-19 this summer? Here’s what Dr. Sharon Nachman has to say:
8. Stay charged
A charged phone was always a necessity when traveling, and this is truer today than ever before. For those flying, many airlines prefer you to have your boarding pass loaded on your phone. Plus, many restaurants and theme parks ask that visitors use their phones to view menus, place orders, check in, make “ride reservations,” and more. Not to mention, your phone is a great resource for staying updated on travel plans, which can change on the turn of a dime. Stay charged and ready so you can get the best experience while you travel.
9. Start slow
As you begin traveling again, it’s tempting to plan extensive trips with multiple stops or detailed itineraries. However, this isn’t quite the time for these kinds of trips. Start small instead, with shorter trips that focus on one destination, so you can get reacclimated to traveling at a slower pace.