Summer 2020 will definitely go down in the history books for the travel industry thanks to COVID-19. The world is freaked out by this new virus that has been making it's way to numerous countries as of the time I'm writing this.
The good news? It doesn't appear to be near as nasty as it's older siblings, SARS and MERS but it seems to be much more contagious. If you are in good overall health, the virus doesn't seem to be near as severe. Unfortunately, it has taken it's toll on the elderly and those with compromised immunity.
Thousands have been forced to cancel their plans for upcoming Spring and Summer travel either out of fear of the unknown brought on by the 24/7 news cycle, by orders from their employers implementing travel restrictions, or out of a legitimate health concern.
Do or your do you not travel this summer? I mean, there are some really excellent deals starting to show up and it looks like this may only be the start of some great deals as travel suppliers try to make up for business lost in the first quarter of this year. If you are in a position to take advantage of the travel deals, GO FOR IT! Give Outta Here Travels a call and let's get you hooked up.
What if there's no way you can even think about going on a cruise or relaxing on a Caribbean beach? Never fear, the great thing about our majestic country is the multitude of options she provides.
Want to relax on a beach with a tropical drink in hand? It's a good thing the US has 95,471 miles of shoreline. (National Ocean Service) More of a mountain type of person? There are 3 major mountain ranges in the US, the Rockies and the Sierra Nevada ranges out west and the Appalachians in the east. Don't forget the deserts of the Southwest, the marshlands of the Southeast and the grasslands of the Plains.
Now that you have an idea of where you want to go, it's time to figure out how do you want to get there, where to stay and what activities do you want to do (or not do). This summer the theme, may be flexibility and an open-mind. Right now, we honestly don't know how this may play out. If you want to fly, just know there may be a change of your flight being cancelled. There may be certain activities that operate at a limited capacity, reduced hours or even stop for awhile. You need to be willing to have a plan B or go with the flow. Be prepared for longer wait time in airports or other public places if they start implementing health screening check-points like we have already seen on cruises and in many ports and airports throughout Europe, Asia, and now some in the US. If you take medications, you may want to pack an additional two-week supply in the unlikely event you do end in a quarantine situation. Better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.
I do not recommend booking any type of non-refundable rates and if you must then please purchase a travel protection policy that is "Cancel For Any Reason" (CFAR). As of this writing, CFAR is about the only type of policy that will allow you to cancel and receive a portion of your money back. It will not cover Coronavirus specifically, but they do allow you flexibility of changing your mind for just about any other reason and protecting the bulk of your financial investment. Coverage varies greatly by provider and policy and I can suggest a few different policies for you to look at and put you in touch with the proper individuals to answer any of your questions.
What can you personally do to protect yourself while traveling?
I'd love to hear your thoughts and any tips you'd like to add. Are you planning on taking a summer vacation? If so, where are you traveling to?
Outta Here Travels is here to help you create a wonderful summer vacation. You have enough to worry about so leave the planning to us. If you're looking for something really different this year, ask us about our Mystery Trips. We not only plan your trip, but we pick out the destination based on a series of questions and conversations we have with you.
Michelle Osborn, CTA, ACC
Michelle is the owner of Outta Here Travels in Pampa, Texas