If there is anything that 2021 has taught us about traveling it is that we must be flexible in our plans. Even with more and more people getting fully vaccinated, COVID-19 variants do not seem to cease, which causes travel bans and trip cancellations. On the other hand, the past year has also shown us that traveling is possible when individuals are careful and strategic.

So, what does travel look like this 2022? Well, travel experts predict 3 things: first, expect that there will be more COVID-19 variants; second, leisure travelers will go on grander vacations; and third, cancellation policies won’t be flexible anymore. With these predictions in mind, here are some tips on how you can best plan your 2022 travels.

Tip #1: Consider vaccination or getting a booster shot

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Keeping yourself healthy and getting immunization will lessen your risk of getting infected by the virus. With fluctuating COVID-19 cases and new variants emerging, it’s best to keep yourself protected so you can plan your trips confidently. Plus, a lot of countries are only accepting fully vaccinated travelers.

Tip #2: Book months in advance

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As travelers are flying abroad and going on cruises again, last-minute booking is no longer a viable option. 2021 holiday travels saw the influx of passengers at airports around the world and experts predict that numbers will double this year. Although the numbers may not be the same as pre-pandemic, travelers who are able to make their trip are willing to spend more—this means that prices are likely to go up. To avoid extra charges, book your trip at least 4 to 6 months in advance.

Tip #3: Get a travel insurance

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Although some airlines and accommodations offer good cancellation and rebooking policies, none of these terms will allow for travelers who have medical emergencies, such as getting infected with COVID-19. Good thing there are good travel insurance policies today that will cover cancellations and rebooking fees as well as medical expenses.

Tip #4: Get expert help when booking your trip

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With unpredictable travel conditions, planning trips must be well-thought of. While DIY trip planning may sound fun before, it is more complicated and confusing these days. So, to ensure a safe and hassle-free trip, better consult with travel experts. Using the Viyahe app gives you 24/7 access to live travel agents who will assist you with every travel need.