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The New Rules of Planning Travel

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Covid appears to be on the decline, and travel is staging a healthy return, literally. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has not entirely disappeared from the possibilities you may encounter on your next trip. To assist you in being prepared, here are a few tips to help you to travel more safely:

Use a travel professional

A good travel agent is a valuable asset in these times. Not only will a travel professional assist you in every aspect of your planning so your time and trip itinerary are efficient, but you will have counsel and assistance for all of the recommendations that follow below!

Check the travel advisories of your destination country

Make sure to check the travel advisories of your destination country. The level of risk can vary depending on the destination. If the advisory is at a high or extreme level, it may be best to postpone your travels until things have calmed down.

Make sure your vaccinations are up to date.

Many countries are now requiring proof of vaccinations for travelers though the number of countries making such demands is on a sharp decline. Nevertheless, the science indicates the best protection against severe infection or hospitalization is up-to-date vaccinations. Also, don’t be afraid to pack a mask to take with you. It may come in handy in a situation like a crowded subway or train car.

Bring extra travel money for emergency purposes

Save a backup fund as a part of your travel budget in case of emergencies such as extended hotel stays or canceled flights.

Save those airline and hotel points or miles

If you have a rewards credit card, now is the time to use it. You can redeem points for free flights or hotel stays and cover unexpected travel expenses. Look over the terms and conditions of your rewards program to learn how and when you may use your points.

Get flights and lodging with flexible cancellation policies 

If something comes up and you need to cancel your trip, you don’t want to be hit with hefty penalties. Look for flights and lodging with flexible cancellation policies. That way, you can cancel without losing any money.

Use a credit card that includes trip cancellation and interruption insurance or obtain a separate policy

This insurance can reimburse you for trip costs if something unexpected comes up and you have to cancel your trip. Travel expenses such as airline, hotels, cruises, tours, and passenger fares may be reimbursed with the help of trip cancellation insurance. But it still depends on the credit card you use, and check your specific card’s policy to see what isn’t covered. Also, compare your credit card’s cancelation policy with separate travel insurance. Some insurance policies may not cover costs related to Covid-19, so be sure to go over the policy with your travel advisor. Take note to look for Cancel For Any Reason coverage, which is typically more expensive but also more flexible.

Always have a backup payment method

If your primary credit card is declined or maxed out, you’ll need a backup payment method: cash, another credit card, or even PayPal. Especially during the pandemic, it’s always best to be prepared for unexpected medications, COVID-19 tests, and hotel rates.

Don’t go if you are sick

Finally, if you are feeling sick, don’t go. The best thing you can do is to stay home and rest. There’s no need to put yourself and others at risk.