I have had so many questions from clients who had vacations planned or who are ready to leave the quarantine headquarters (home) that I thought it best to continue last week’s blog here. So here are another 5 most frequently asked questions about travel after Covid. Again, I answer them from my point of view.
How will we know when it is safe to travel?
Prepare. Prepare. Prepare. Decide what you are comfortable with after you have read what the CDC, Dept. of State, the WHO, and the TSA guidelines are. Get the facts of where we are based on current stats and where we may be headed. Use a combination of the things we know and the things we understand and then use your best judgment. If you are comfortable with what you are reading, and you and your family have decided the time is right for you, then please, go out and travel.
Am I the only one with concerns?
No, not at all. Even in my own family opinions on traveling now are very different. I, as a Gen X’r am more comfortable with going out when needed as opposed to my Millennial child who is practicing quarantine diligently. Where I have gone for groceries once per week, she has made sure her house is stocked on a monthly basis. Even amongst the Gen Z’ers in my family, there is a mixed bag of comfort levels. Two go out to work, and will occasionally see friends (one at a time) while the other 2 have not left the house. So you see, having questions and concerns about traveling after Covid isn’t happening for certain age groups or certain genders, we all have questions.
Are people starting to plan travel yet?
Yes, American’s are indeed starting to plan travel. As a matter of fact, 64% of Americans who have travel planned for this year are continuing the planning process. Not only are they finishing up this year’s plans, but they are also planning next year’s vacations. They realize that with all the spring trips canceled or postponed till 2021, they had better plan their 2021 vacations in order get what they want while the availability is still there.
Can we trust the hotels, airlines, cruises, and tour companies to keep us safe?
In a word yes. Hotels, airlines, restaurants, and other businesses related to travel know that they have to do whatever it takes to make guests feel comfortable doing business with them during and after Covid.
Everything I have heard from my supplier partners is that we as the traveling public, will be seeing a lot more cleaning then we ever did before. Typically, the real cleaning one cruise ships and theme parks get done while the guests are sleeping. I believe that we will be seeing the cleaning happening in front of us. I know for me, that will make me feel better. I welcome the sight of someone spraying a disinfectant and wiping the tables down or following the protocols that are being put in place by the airlines, cruise lines, and tour companies. The more of this I see, the higher my comfort level will rise.
What types of trips are being planned?
Here is the breakdown.
Day trips – 50 miles with no overnight stays – 46.4%
Regional road trips – these trips are up to 200 miles from home – 55.6%
Road trips – Primarily by auto – 74.9%
Plane trips – Trips include an air component – 58.4%
International trips – Travel outside the US – 38.9%
Multigenerational trips – 3 or more generations – 27.1%
Cruises – one or more nights on board – 16.2%
Train travel – travel from one city or country to another – 13.7%
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Want to Hear What’s New Post COVID-19
How will travel change post-COVID? What can I do to safeguard my family while we travel? Are my travel funds protected?
I thought you might want to know specifically what my preferred supplier partners were doing to protect you when you travel, so I reached out to them. They were excited to share their answers in a short interview.