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5 Most Frequently Asked Travel Questions in 2021

Holding Passports with view of European city

My recent Blogs have been all about the beautiful destinations where we can travel these days. Today I thought I’d get down to basics with all you need to know when planning a trip. It is not the sexiest of Blogs but you need to be informed before planning your much needed vacation.

So below are the questions I’ve been asked most of late…

When Will European Borders Re-Open?

I wish I had a crystal ball to answer this! Sadly, no one is able to put a date on this question. It is dependent on how quickly the vaccine is made available to the general public and then on how rapidly COVID numbers start to decrease around the world.

Where Can I Travel this Summer?

For US travelers I recommend the Caribbean (borders are open for tourism) and the many spectacular places we have to discover right in our own country. There are many islands in the Caribbean and each one has their own vibe and attractions. See my recent Blogs on Caribbean islands... Caribbean Island Guide and St. Barths - A Bit of France in the Caribbean.

When Should I Start Planning a European Vacation for 2022?

Starting to plan now for a 2022 European vacation is super smart. My trusted travel suppliers and partners have been honoring 2021 rates for 2022. And I envision 2022 to be the year of travel. Travelers have many vouchers and credits from 2020 that will need to be used by next year. Don’t wait to plan as you may be disappointed with lack of availability and higher prices.

How to Prepare for My Next Vacation?

Traveling these days requires much more patience and flexibility. Travelers can’t expect to plan a vacation and hop on a plane without keeping in mind all the necessary precautions and requirements.

Before Departure… Closely monitor country entry requirements (country you are visiting and your home country). These are always subject to change so you want to make sure you have the specifics on required COVD testing and other guidelines. Pack lots of face masks and antibacterial wipes. I always recommend wiping down all hard surfaces on the airplane and at your accommodations. Never travel without a Travel Insurance Policy. The possibility of unforeseen circumstances while traveling has always existed but so much more now. Perhaps you test positive before returning home, a good insurance policy will cover the expense of an additional 2 week stay.

While Traveling… Planning ahead is key! Know what attractions and restaurants are open. Then ensure you have reservations as they will probably have limited capacity. Try eating earlier than you normally would, his will avoid crowded spaces and availability may not be as much of an issue.

What are the COVID Requirements / Guidelines for Traveling?

Every country has different guidelines. The key is monitoring the websites for important information. Most countries require a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of your flight. Some countries require a questionnaire be completed online and the purchase of a government issued travel insurance policy.

As for the US, a new regulation requires all air passengers entering the United States to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours of departure or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days. Airlines must confirm the negative test result or proof of recovery for all passengers two years of age and over prior to boarding.

The good news is most countries and resort properties are making it very easy for tourists to take COVID tests and they’re ensuring results are back in time for your flight home.

I hope this has been helpful if these were some of your burning questions about traveling these days. Please contact me with any additional thoughts or questions. It would be my pleasure to assist!

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