Things You Should Know About Travel Right Now
Going on my own trip very soon, there are a few things I wanted to pass onto you on things you should be mindful of with upcoming travel this year. Travel is definitely a little trickier now, but as more people are vaccinated worldwide and covid numbers start going down, I'm hopeful that many of these new items will slowly start to trickle away.
1. Flexibility: Probably the most important quality you need right now is flexibility while traveling. Protocols are constantly changing both overseas and at home. Normal worldwide situations can feel a little exacerbated on top of the covid protocols. For example, the area I'm heading on my river cruise is experiencing a lot of high water levels and flooding.
I don't believe my cruise will be canceled, but may possibly need to be bussed on some parts of the river as opposed to cruising the whole way. It's not ideal, but I know I'll still have a really great trip. It's this type of flexibility and open-mindedness that will be needed now traveling. Set the expectation that maybe your vacation won't be 100% as planned, but trust that the suppliers I work with are going to take care of you and try to make it as smooth as possible.
2. Testing: This is complicated because every country's requirements seem to be just slightly different. For the most part, though, if you are vaccinated, you just need to show proof of vaccination, and if you are unvaccinated, you will needed to be tested prior to arrival.
Then when traveling internationally, the CDC has that requirement for anyone coming back home, regardless of status, needs to have a negative test in order to avoid quarantine. Usually the cruise lines will get this testing done onboard prior to leaving the ship. If you're extending your stay, you may want to check out emed.com for test kits you can take abroad with you to get results fairly quickly for the trip back.
3. Airplane Experience: I've been seeing some social media posts where people are saying things on airplane travel right now are lackluster in regards to amenities. I did not experience that on my recent trip to Puerto Rico, but with having that in mind and knowing that I'm going on a long haul flight, I'm prepping.
I have to bring special food and snacks for me anyways, so no biggie there, but you may want to pack some snacks or grab an extra sandwich in the terminal. I do have an airplane pillow because that's a necessity for overseas travel, and I plan on purchasing a lightweight blanket. Just more sanitary, in general, but especially now. Also will keep my phone as charged as possible, and make sure my battery pack is fully charged as well, in case I'm not able to charge on the plane.
4. Passports: The passport service is extremely backed up right now, taking up to 4 months to get your passport back now. Even expedited passports are taking up to 3 months. If you don't have a passport, or if your passport expires within 6 months of travel, you NEED to get that taken care of as soon as possible. Do NOT wait on this, because the more people that apply and renew, the longer that wait time will get.
And I mention the 6 months of validity part, as many countries are becoming very strict on this requirement. If you don't have at least 6 months of validity on your passport, you may be denied entry. Go right now and and check your passport expiration date.
5. Security Checkpoints: Similar to the passport, I would recommend enrolling in Global Entry which gives you TSA Pre-Check. The security checkpoints at the airports have been a little bananas, so you need to allow yourself a little extra time to get through security with so many of us Americans getting back out there and traveling.
Alrighty--I know this was a mighty packed article this week, but it was also info that you needed to know about when you're getting ready for your travels this year. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me :) Remember, when you book your travel with me, you have the benefit of having a trusted ally to help you through this process.
Have a great week,