Must you ebook a post-pandemic vacation?

Every normal January, when we tremble in the dark, the vacation companies thrive when they seduce us with the prospect of summer days on exotic beaches and nights in exciting cities.

When traveling, anticipation should always outweigh concern. But 2020 has been such a shocking year that many people will prefer to sit out in 2021 rather than take the multiple risks that seem to lurk in every corner of travel.

However, I believe that the world will brighten up surprisingly quickly as those most susceptible to coronavirus will be protected. Travelers who believe can hope for rich experiences.

However, there are no guarantees. These are the five tests the traveler must pass before breaking away from the emotional block that began in 2021.

Are you happy to get involved financially?

Millions of frustrated travelers canceled their plans last year, and some are still struggling to get their money back. It is not unreasonable to expect that you will receive either the vacation you booked or a full refund.

Improve the odds in your favor by booking a reasonable package tour through a human travel agent. Many of those still out of their pockets have finished their travel plans, used online travel agents, and / or decided to put together a DIY vacation.

Are you prepared for the rules the destination country imposes?

Fast and relatively cheap testing at the airport could soon become standard and accepted as another lengthy element of the flight experience like safety.

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We urgently need a workable certification scheme to show that you received the vaccine – or even the virus. However, there is still no international agreement on how the Covid status of a passenger can be recorded and recognized.

Are you familiar with the travel process itself, whether by plane, train or ferry?

Many risk-tolerant people are content with the fact that the likelihood of infection on trains, boats or airplanes is very low. But there is also a strong cohort for whom “hell is other people” during the coronavirus pandemic.

They will be the drivers who bring Eurotunnel to Calais, where their interaction with the rest of humanity is almost zero. However, driving significantly increases the risk of accidents compared to flying or on the rails.

Can you take the risk that the rules abroad will change?

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Last year, at the start of the crisis, British vacationers woke up to find armed guards outside their holiday hotel in Tenerife preventing them from leaving the hotel due to coronavirus cases.

Others found themselves aboard one of the cruise ships, drifting helplessly, trying to find a port to let passengers off a ship that had become a covid hotspot in its own right.

These were shocking events for the travelers involved. To build trust, groundbreaking vacationers need to return with a relaxed atmosphere, a suntan, and confirmation that everything is calm on the Mediterranean without suddenly disrupting vacation plans.

And that leads to the fifth and final test …

Are you prepared for unwanted surprises from your own government?

UK quarantine restrictions were lifted for a variety of European destinations last July. But within 14 days, the most popular vacation spot, Spain, was suddenly back on the no-go list with five hours notice – hundreds of thousands of people had to self-isolate for two weeks when they got home.

Quarantine bingo, chaired by Grant Shapps, is getting more and more extreme every Thursday. Even after the downright travel bans at tea time, the transport secretary still had room late in the evening to put Qatar and a pinch of Caribbean islands on the no-go list.

But the Covid storm will subside by spring. As much as the destination posts may move, you keep dreaming of distant highlands. And sunshine.

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