We all have had to face many changes in our lives since the beginning of this year. There have been many canceled plans, trips, vacations, and family gatherings. How can you start planning for the upcoming fall and winter when there is so much uncertainty? I was supposed to go on a trip in Autumn and also have some of my summer holidays this month. Instead, both of them got canceled due to travel restrictions. And I think many of you can relate.
Many of us have had to adopt a completely new mindset when it comes to planning for a trip. You adapt and accept the situation, even though it might sound a bit tough, right? Also, many companies face many difficulties in handling customer requests, queries, and so on. This can cause a lot of frustration, and understandably so. What to do then?
Try to reschedule your trip. Depending on your airline, try to reschedule your trip if possible. You can choose a different time to go. This, however, can be uncertain too because many countries are changing the travel restrictions. So follow the government websites as they provide the latest information on the matter. You can contact your airline or your travel retailer you bought the ticket from.
If this doesn’t help, ask for a refund instead. Depending on the situation, if your flight was canceled, you can get either a new date to go or a refund for the price you paid. However, this process might take some time due to the high volume of requests being processed.
If you have a flight coming up, it is important to take care of hygiene like any other public place. Bring face masks, either reusable or disposable ones. This is not only for your health but for fellow passengers’ comfort as well. Also, it’s good to have hand sanitizer and wipes with you. Airplanes have filtered air, but it is a must to keep the mask on all the time, except while eating. Children should wear a mask too, except if they are under 7 years old. You can already wear a mask when entering the airport.
Keep in mind the regulations for each country. They may have rules for self-quarantine after arriving. Some countries also require a negative COVID-19 test result before entering the county or a test done at the airport. Also, there might be some rules for accommodations for booking hotels and places to stay. It’s a good idea to contact the hotel for more information, to be sure.
Another thing I came across recently was travel insurance! I realized my travel insurance was not up to date; I have to admit. This is extremely important since some countries even require valid travel insurance to enter the country. Suffice to say that the travel industry has been facing steep obstacles trying to adapt to the world’s current state, making travel during this year quite a challenge for all of us. With that in mind, it is important now more than ever to have the necessary coverage for your trip if any delays or cancellations occur.
The best travel insurance policy for you will be the one that offers the specific coverage you need at a price you can readily afford. Here’s a rundown of the most common types of travel insurance, as well as some of the optional benefits you may want to look into. Whether you choose travel insurance for your international or domestic trip, make sure you understand exactly what’s covered. There are different categories for basic and special coverage, so be sure to check out the article from https://money.com/ and make sure you understand the fine print before booking your next trip!
That being said, do enjoy your trip if you have one coming and also take advantage of the possibilities in your home country. The situation will get better eventually, even if it might take a year or so for the flights and economy overall to operate on full. In the meantime, we have to find other ways to fulfill the travel bug!
This post has been updated on 12/09/2020.