How to safely book a vacation in 2021
The demand for vacations increases with the increase in vaccines. Here’s what you need to know if you’re trying to get away this summer.
ARIZONA, USA – If you have a bucket list trip that you’ve always wanted to do, get ready. Prices are rising as more people get the COVID-19 vaccine and feel safer when they travel.
Here is everything to remember when trying to book your upcoming dream vacation.
The demand for vacation increases with the increase in vaccines. Some of the top destinations are mountain areas like Montana and Alaska, and areas south of the border like Mexico and Costa Rica.
Travel for pickup if vaccinations go up
“It’s such a busy time in the travel industry right now,” said Janet Semenova, co-founder of Boutique Travel Advisors.
The big question for anyone looking to travel this year is whether to book trips now or wait.
“All people who have waited patiently to be able to travel will now be vaccinated and will feel safer if they venture a little further away from home,” said Semenova.
Summer vacation destinations are booked out months in advance
It has been more than a year since the pandemic started and many people have been locked up for months. Americans itch to get out and travel safely, to see friends and family they haven’t seen forever.
“People are starting to book and summer in particular is going to be a very, very busy time for travelers,” she said. “… especially considering that much of the world is not completely open to US travelers.”
Some of the top destinations are mountain areas like Montana, Idaho, Alaska, according to Semenova. Areas south of the border, Mexico, Costa Rica, and certain Caribbean islands are also extremely popular.
“Places that are more accessible to social distancing, or perhaps a little more private. Hotels in nature are very popular. Anywhere near a national park they sell out 6 to 12 months in advance, ”she added.
The demand for rental cars is also increasing. Smaller destinations may not be equipped with the rental car inventory that Phoenix Sky Harbor would have, according to Semenova.
Some destinations remain blocked due to the pandemic
When planning to book, Semenova says you should consider the destinations that are currently open and when you want to travel as the world is slowly opening up again.
“Greece plans to open to international tourists, Iceland plans to open, Croatia plans to open, but other places like France and Italy are still closed and locked,” she said.
If you still want to go to a place that is currently closed, take the chance and book a trip now?
“If you book, I would definitely say 3rd or 4th quarter of 2021-2022,” she said. “For flights we can book for almost a year … It’s a good idea if you know you want to go somewhere to book your flight, as prices will likely go up as travel goes up.”
Read the fine print before booking a trip
Buyers should be aware that if flights are canceled, a full refund may not be guaranteed as the demand for travel explodes and the cost of travel increases.
“Most US airlines still offer flexibility … many airlines offer free exchanges,” Semenova said.
Travelers may receive a voucher for future travel instead of a full refund. So check the airline’s fine print before booking anything.
Book now to ensure you get the trip you want
Now is the time to secure your bookings to ensure you can go where you want, when you want.
Do not forget that mask mandates still exist in many places. Airlines still require masks, and hotels also have their own rules and regulations, so your experience may change based on security measures in place.
CDC recommends that all travelers be vaccinated or not
The CDC’s latest travel policy calls for you to be tested 1 to 3 days before your trip, even if you are vaccinated.
Following mask and social distance guidelines, and retesting 3 to 5 days after your trip, and self-quarantining for seven full days, even if you test negative, are also recommended by the CDC.
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