Any other year we would gearing up for another exciting round of spring breaks, tropical getaways, and summer holidays, but if 2020 has taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected. Like many aspects of life since the pandemic hit, travel has been completely transformed, making efficient planning more important than ever. Luckily, we’ve got some travel safety tips for you on how to stay on top of traveling in 2021.
Travel Safety Tip 1: Check the Entry Requirements
The choice of where to travel, for most people, has always been a difficult one. Each country has its own appeal, be it pristine beaches, unforgettable adventures, or historic castles. The pandemic has added a few more factors to the mix. Travel restrictions and country categories can change overnight, so it’s important to stay updated on the development in the countries you’re considering. Governments and airlines provide portals where you can check the entry and departure requirements of your destination of choice. Once you’ve made sure both your country of departure and arrival allow leisure travel, it’s time to get into the nitty-gritty.
Travel Safety Tip 2: Read the fine print
There has never been a more important time to read the fine print. The airline you choose to book can make all the difference between a safe and stress-free trip and a potential travel nightmare. Some airlines offer flexible flight change and cancellation policies, whiles others have really stringent rules. We are all about flexibility for travel safety in 2021. Besides the flight, your accommodation’s cancellation policy is an important one to verify. For example, many properties on Airbnb offer a flexible cancellation policy, providing full a refund at least 24 hours before check-in. It might cost a little more to book a place that provides this, but we think it’s definitely worth it.
Travel Safety Tip 3: Plan carefully
Now that all your pre-travel bases are covered, it’s time for the fun stuff – planning your itinerary! For spontaneous travel junkies this might not be the thrill you were expecting but trust us, a detailed itinerary planned in advanced is amazing for making the most of what might be one of few trips you can make this year. We recommend looking up the places you are looking forward to seeing as well as the local restrictions in the area. A good way to be really thorough about your research is to make use of virtual tours, like the Secrets of Barcelona, that show you some delightful spots to visit in the Catalan Capital.
Travel Safety Tip 4: Check your insurance
Probably the most boring of all our travel safety tips, but an important one. It is absolutely vital have travel insurance that covers COVID-19 as a claim. Travel insurance usually covers unexpected cancellations, lost baggage, and expenses for personal injury. In ‘uprecedented’ times, these covers may not be sufficient. You should make sure that your insurance covers COVID-19 interruptions to your trip. This might include covering cancellations due to a positive test pre-flight, emergency medical expenses at your destination, and repatriation to get back home if needed. If you already have travel insurance for the year it might be worth upgrading it to cover these claims. Better safe than sorry!
Travel Safety Tip 5: Bring spare masks & sanitizer
Remember that wearing a mask is mandatory in most public places around the world. We recommend bringing several spares with you, so that you always have a back up at hand and won’t need to worry about looking for the pharmacy. You should also bring a small bottle of hand sanitizer along, and have it in your carry during your journey. Finally, you can bring your own vitamins to give your immune system that needed boost during the time in transit. All that’s left now is to mask up and enjoy your trip!