Ah, Autumn, the most romantic and nostalgic season of the year. Leaves turn into a warm amber hue, the scent of pumpkin spice fills the air, and the weather is just the right amount of chill. But let’s face it—traveling has been very challenging these days, especially for trips that entail crossing international borders. While both leisure and business travelers may have gotten used to the pandemic travel requirements, such as getting a COVID-19 test and securing a travel permit, that doesn’t exempt any globetrotter from trip disruptions. Just recently the Delta variant has crushed the post-pandemic dreams of many summer vacationers. Now, this begs the question of those who plan to travel this Fall, is there a point to traveling these days? Well, our Viyahe Travel experts weigh in.
Do: Assess your health
Your health condition is one determining factor in whether you should go on a trip or not. Even if you are fully vaccinated, existing health conditions or comorbidities put you at high risk. And it’s not just about the risk of getting the virus, but also hospitals may not be able to accommodate you if anything happens while you’re on vacation. Now, if you are in tip-top shape, eating healthy food, exercising regularly, physically able, getting enough sleep, and have a good immune system, then you should be fine to travel. Just make sure to always follow all safety protocols and practice good hygiene.
Do: Disrupt-proof all your bookings
The number one hassle of trip planning in a pandemic is the unpredictable lockdowns and travel bans, which result in flight cancellations and temporary hotel closures. Our experts always advise travelers to be prepared when this happens and to only book establishments with flexible cancellation and refund policies. Good thing, almost all commercial flights now implement more flexible refund and cancellation policies. If you are not sure about the policy, just ask for assistance on the Viyahe app.
Don’t: Plan too long
Planning a trip in advance was the best way to go in pre-pandemic days, this allows vacationers to purchase low airfares and score hotel deals. However, the unpredictability of the pandemic does not go well with planning a months-in-advance trip. Anything can happen in a month, let alone in a couple of months to a year. Viyahe travel experts say that the most successful vacations they booked last season were treated like a window—when borders open and restrictions are lifted, you travel ASAP.
Don’t: Stay away for too long
As mentioned, the pandemic brings unpredictability a.k.a. closing of borders and travel bans. Obviously, you don’t want to face this trip disruption while you are away from home, especially on the other side of the globe. Keep in mind that repatriation costs a lot. The prices for last-minute return flights are very steep, some stranded individuals may pay for additional fees. Successful pandemic vacations range from 1 to 2 weeks. If you are lucky, you can even do 3 weeks.
Do: Stay updated on all travel and health news
Before and after booking a trip, you must always monitor your city’s status as well as your destination. A sudden surge of cases may signal a lockdown, so keep an eye on these numbers. Also, be updated on all travel requirements and health protocols. Viyahe experts always advise travelers that pre-travel requirements may change daily. So, it’s best that you stay ready for any additional documentation days before your trip.
In conclusion, traveling is not impossible these days. It just requires more effort to plan a trip and ensure your safety. But to be able to reconnect with the world is more rewarding. When you finally reach your destination and enjoy a picture-perfect moment, all the travel woes will fade away. So, go ahead, plan a trip that you deserve. And when you need help, know that your Viyahe travel assistant is just a chat away.
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