Many are wondering if they can travel this summer. And the answer may be a cautious and optimistic “maybe.” While a theme park visit may not be in the cards right away, a trip to a more secluded beach or mountains may be just what you and your family need to recharge from your months spent at home once it is safe to do so.
Here are some tips and best practices for getting on the road without endangering your health—or anyone else’s.
Expert Tips For How To Plan A Vacation
Additional Safety Recommendations
- Hire a travel agent. At times like these, an expert can tell you what’s safe – and what isn’t. You’ll travel with more peace of mind, knowing you have someone to provide the most up-to-date information on everything from airline changes to itinerary changes and insurance policy updates
- Read your contracts carefully. That’s especially true for travel insurance. Travelers have to go over their policies with a fine-tooth comb. The biggest gotcha is the “force majeure” clause, which tells you if a pandemic is covered.
- Define “dangerous.” As you plan your destination and activities, you need to have a good idea of your risk tolerance. For many, the first choice for Summer 2020 may be a close, familiar destination – likely one that’s a driving vacation. Many are likely to be more comfortable in a controlled car environment that allows for more flexibility.
- Consider choosing a hotel or vacation rental with a kitchen, where you can prepare your meals. This idea of a home away from home is perceived as safer, where you don’t have to mix with others as much.
- Think ahead to your transportation plans. If you plan to drive, give some thought to how to manage the pit stops and your food needs.
- When in public areas or around groups of people, wear a mask.
- If you plan to participate in activities or tours, ask for a list of the safety and health precautions. Service providers should be happy to tell you about the steps they’re taking to keep their participants safe. If there’s no such list, consider another tour.
- When packing, include your own cleaning supplies for the trip. When checking into a hotel or home rental, clean and distinct frequently touched surfaces (like the work desk) and objects like the coffeemaker and TV remote. Be sure to disinfect the doorknob, light switches, sink faucets and basins, etc.
- Carry hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol when going out .
- If you will travel by air, be sure to follow the recommendations provided by the airline. All major airlines such as Delta, American Airline, Southwest and United require that all passengers wear a face mask.
With a plan to help manage your risk, you can enjoy a vacation this Summer!
Posted June 9, 2020 in Life Events Lifestyle News Articles