What to Expect When Planning an International Trip in 2022


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We are looking forward to a new year filled with travel experiences. Our clients have so many spectacular vacations already planned and we are hoping they will be able to create some incredible memories.


2022 didn’t start out quite as we expected with the pandemic still beating us down. One thing we keep hearing from clients is that they don’t believe this will end so they are ready to plan vacations. During the last 2 years they had milestone birthdays and anniversaries that couldn’t be celebrated, kids graduated high school or college, and they need to make up for lost time.


The biggest question is… What Should I Expect when Planning an International Trip for 2022? Below I am listing the main things to keep in mind when planning a trip for this year…


Stay Flexible

This is super important these days. I, personally, have been postponing a family trip to Italy since 2020. I recently re-booked it for this summer and keeping my fingers crossed we can take this amazing vacation. But all of us planning to travel this year need to stay flexible. Knowing that you may need to postpone the trip is a possibility. So plan the vacation but stay flexible.


Know Your Cancellation Policies

You need to know the cancellation policy for every service you book. Hotels, tours, transportation, flights… you need to know how they will handle a cancellation in the event borders close or countries institute lockdowns. When working with us, we provide you with the cancellation policies. And, in the event your trip needs to be postponed, we handle all that for you for each service.


Masks are Needed

You will need to be prepared to wear masks at the airports, for the duration of your flights, and anywhere else they may be required.


Vaccination (with Booster) will Open the World

Countries are starting to require travelers to not only be vaccinated but also have the booster. You will be required to show proof of vaccination to enter restaurants, museums, etc. in many countries around the world.


Be Ready to take COVID Tests

In addition to vaccine requirements, some countries will require a negative COVID test to enter. The US also requires a negative COVID test before returning home. The test must be taken a maximum of 2 days before boarding your flight.


Have a Local Contact

We ensure clients have the most up to date guidelines and COVID testing requirements for each country they are visiting. Most of our hotel partners offer testing onsite or we assist by providing clients with information on where to get tested. We partner with local travel suppliers / partners that are available to assist clients should any questions arise or if assistance is needed for a longer stay (should you test positive before coming home), or any other matters.


By continuing to work with our preferred partners around the world, our clients are taken care of every step of the way. These times have certainly made traveling a bit more complicated, but we have adapted and adjusted to this new normal. Our clients are still traveling safely and creating unforgettable memories.



Working with Distinct Vacations in reserving at any of our preferred properties, you may have access to flexible cancellation policies and special amenities (such as a spa credit, complimentary breakfast, and room upgrades).


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