Essential Tips for planning your future trips after the coronavirus pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically affected every aspect of our lives. It restricted us to the many luxuries we enjoy on a day to day basis, like the ability to travel. The virus has put a screeching halt to the jet-setting life of many people. As early as February, some countries began closing their borders to foreign travelers. Many people are forced to put their planned trips on hold and stay home to flatten the curve and prevent any more spread of the deadly disease.
With the pandemic still medically, emotionally, and economically rattling the world, pushing through with your trips and plans is not advisable at all. But this doesn’t mean all future travels are off the table. So what should you do about your future trips?
Postpone not cancel
If there is one thing for sure during these trying times, is that this pandemic will not last forever. It might take a long time, but experts are predicting that between September and December 2020, things might start to ease off. While there is no guarantee to this, postponing your plans instead of canceling is a better move right now. However, if you have ultimately decided to not push through with plans anymore, make sure to ask for a refund from hotels and airbnbs or convert your refund for miles/points for future travels.
The pandemic and the travel restrictions it brought about has hugely impacted the tourism industry, especially small and local tourism businesses. Once the pandemic subsides, restrictions eases, and borders open again, contemplate on traveling or planning a trip locally before considering going out of the country. This way, you could still fulfill your wanderlust and help local businesses and local tourism gradually recover.
Consider buying travel insurance.
Travel insurance might be often looked over, especially by casual travelers. However, this time is an excellent time to consider getting one. Make sure to look closely at the terms and conditions as many providers do cover cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances but not fear-based cancellations. “Cancel for any reason” or CFAR plans are the most comprehensive and advisable right now; however, some insurers are pulling back on this type of coverage, so make sure to inquire properly before getting one.
Be aware of government policies
While travel bans, including leisure travel, are expected to be lifted once the pandemic recedes, it is still very important to be aware of government policies as well as restrictions in your own country and the country you intend to visit when planning your trip. This information can be found in country websites, health department/organization pages, or directly from the embassy.
Plan way ahead
Some people are used to being spontaneous when it comes to their trips or travels. Some people like to plan only when they are already at their destinations, but now is not the time to do that. Make an itinerary or a comprehensive list of the places you wanted to visit, of restaurants you wanted to try, and of things you wanted to try. Experts also suggests to plan for long-term trips, perhaps even into 2021, since ticket prices are expected fall lower as airlines and travel agencies would want to reel in more customers to cover for their losses during the lockdown.
Read the fine print
Research your trip thoroughly – from logistics, culture, current events, and even emergency hotlines – it is important that you are prepared whatever might happen. Airlines are also expected to be more flexible in extending credit’s expiration. So if you are one of the people holding non-refundable airline credits, make sure to follow up with your airline to make sure they don’t expire before you can even use them.
The pandemic might have put everything on hold and closed down borders, but surely they will open soon, and we will see the world again. However, let us continue doing our part in eradicating the virus for now.