The New Normal for Travelers

The New Normal for Travelers

Who would have thought that 2020 would come to an end so soon or look? Honestly, with all the lockdowns and restrictions it’s been a blast getting to know the local travel spots a lot more. I’ve been thinking since some places are opening up again locally as well as some other countries, I wanted to take you guys through some tips for When You’re Ready To Travel Again.

WHAT TRAVEL IN 2021 MAY LOOK LIKE

Let’s be real, just because we are already making plans to travel in 2021 and the vaccine seems to be on the way, that doesn’t mean the pandemic is over. Different countries will recover at different rates so that’s why it’s important to be excited but also keep a real perspective on not only when you get to travel again but how and what it might end up looking like.

People not only want to travel again next year but they want to do it safely. Reports of private jet bookings have gone up a significant amount. Inside Hook gives us a break down on what traveling next year will most likely look like. People will have safety more on the mind than ever before.

As a matter of fact, travel may become even more expensive. Business travelers used to take up a bulk of the seats on planes and now thanks to digital advances, they no longer need to fly anywhere. Local tourism might even be more encouraged than heading to a foreign country. Gone are the days of last minute trips, so planning ahead is highly encouraged.

There’s so much more to consider now than just fixing up your visa and buying a plane ticket. Let’s dive in on the tips you need to know to plan a great 2021.

WHAT TO PREPARE FOR

BUDGET

You might not yet have a specific destination in mind, you just want to see the world again. And that’s great! But, it’s best to start saving now. Even before you pick a location, find out how much the ticket is, and all the other documents, it’s best to start slipping coins into your piggy bank cause traveling is going to look a whole lot different. World Packers has a handy list of the kinds of things you need to save for and how to budget during a trip.

STAY INFORMED

Travel Daily News advises to keep yourself informed about what’s happening. We all know how suddenly every country locked down and how no one was prepared for it. This is why you need to be responsible when traveling or planning to travel.

Sudden changes may keep happening into the next year and you’ve got to work off of new information. The US Travel website has a list of places that have mild to worrying cases. That’s the great thing about having our phones and information ready with the swipe of a finger!

If you’re looking to travel to the Philippines, check out my previous post about What Travel in the Philippines Looks Like Now.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

I know, this isn’t a fun topic. But, as I said before, you’ve got to be ready for any sudden lockdowns or the possibility of a hospital trip. Even before this pandemic, I made sure to get insurance because as wonderfully freeing traveling alone is, it’s not fun when there’s another sudden lockdown or you wind up with a hospital bill that isn’t covered by your regular insurance.

USA Today having a back up plan in case these things happen. You can’t be too safe, you only get this one life and it may be a little bit more pricier but what is that compared to your safety? Here’s a post about another blogger’s experience with and without travel insurance.

TRAVEL ADVISOR

Travel Pulse makes a case for what travel agents are going through right now. They’ve noticed that people are booking vacations closer to home and far in advance. There isn’t one way to fix everyone’s travel worries. For some, the information from a travel agent isn’t necessary because they’re tech-savvy.

However, by going through a travel agent, you can get information that might not be provided by the website of the place you’re planning to book or even a clearer explanation of what the offer is. At a time like this, a little extra help and a lot less stress is definitely something to consider. There are so many options and now, thanks to this pandemic, so many new requirements. A little help and more information should always be welcome.

Even if you decided not to go with a travel consultant to help you plan your trip, it would help to ask them a few questions. It may ease any travel anxieties about the destination you’re choosing and whether they’re even open yet.

PLAN AHEAD

And I mean waaay ahead! Things could get better or not and if you’re waiting to settle on a destination or book a room -don’t! A lot can change within the time you’re planning and the flight. By planning ahead, you get to learn more about the place you’re going, if they have new restrictions, requirements, or lock downs.

You can get the room or socially distant accommodation of your choice. Don’t forget that with social distancing measures in place, businesses can’t operate at full capacity so that means there’s less room in certain places. When you plan ahead, you get to take a look at the atmosphere of the location and see if that’s really where you want to go or the kind of trip you want to take.

I understand that you want to make up for lost time, 2020 hasn’t been a picnic. But there’s no need to fulfill your bucket list without the proper safety precautions for your health and your wallet.

Swabbing Costs

Philippines:

In the Philippines, the prices for swabbing differ depending on where you choose to get tested. The Inquirer states examples that St. Luke’s Medical Center charges P4,300 per test. Red Cross, however, charges P4,000.

Europe:

In France, the cost of testing goes up to 135 Euros but the production is much cheaper. That’s an estimate done back in March by HealthPolicy. Meanwhile, in Italy, the National News is reporting on DIY testing kits still going through trials which cost about 3 Euros.

Other countries are requiring the traveler to have a negative test result either in their country of origin or when they arrive at their destination. Travel Market reports that some destinations like The Bahamas, Aruba, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, and Barbados all have pretesting as a prerequisite.

Germany‘s tests cost 59 euros (about $67) including VAT with results within 6 hours, while the express process costs 139 euros (about $157) including VAT and results are available three hours.

In Austria the tests cost 190 Euros, or about $206. You also have the option of presenting a medical certificate which confirms a negative test result but it can’t be older than four days.

Iceland seems to be the priciest so far the test costs 50,000 ISK, or about $360. The costs were originally shouldered by their government but now, it’s up to the traveler to take on the costs.

However, Hawaii and Alaska don’t enforce the mandatory 14-Day quarantine if your results come out negative.

America:

The official Department of Health and Human Services states that all testing costs in the United States should be free. However, there are centers where you may have to pay for a test, the estimated cost will most likely depend on where you’ll be getting swabbed. All you have to do is look up your local pharmacy or health center and they’ve got the information you need to get a test.

The prices of the testing are different depending on the country and each has chosen its own guidelines with what they would consider safe. So, if you’re planning to visit any of them, do your best to check for updated policies because they might be subject to change.

TravelOffPath did a complete list of the countries in Asia and Europe that are open for general tourism and if your country was able to get the green light for visiting. Some countries heavily support the need for a 14-Day quarantine while others make it a point to have health certificates stating that your results are negative.

What Hotels Are Doing

W.H.O. has some tips about what hotel protocols should look like and how you should follow them to keep safe. I’d also recommend reading up on the CDC Guidelines about how you can protect yourself and others if you are at a hotel. Furthermore, they also have helpful advice on how you can interact with other people should you stay at a hotel.

Hotels have had to adjust because of the pandemic. Some have extended their pool seasons in order to keep up with social distancing. Rooms now have a 3 meal room service deal or stock full meals which the guests can prepare by themselves from the safety of their own rooms.

While traveling it’s important to keep yourself and those with you safe by social distancing and making sure to take precautions if you come into contact with others.

There you go! A little info on what you need to know if you were looking forward to seeing the world again.