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You may not be ready to venture out just yet, but now is the perfect time to start planning your next vacation. Simply thinking about your next vacation creates feelings of excitement and gives your mental health a boost. Going one step further and pre-booking your trip allows you to take advantage of record discounts and availability!
Americans are becoming more optimistic about travel, but it is essential not to let your guard down just yet and continue to practice good hygiene to stop the spread of germs.
The CDC recommends anyone looking to travel this summer is fully vaccinated and continue to follow these guidelines during and after travel. Best practices include wearing a mask, socially distancing as much as possible, and packing plenty of hand sanitizer.
Uniglobe has identified the best new apps for traveling in a pandemic with features that help travelers submit contact information, track exposure, conduct self-assessments, and receive news updates.
Many airlines, rail carriers, and hotels have rolled out updates to their apps that allow travelers to utilize e-tickets, check train status, view boarding gate or track information, and have check-in all from their phones.
This year, more than ever, early birds will get the best discounts! The American Hotel & Lodging Association estimates that half of all U.S. hotel rooms will remain unoccupied in 2021. Experts recommend booking as early as possible to take advantage of lower nightly rates and increased availability.
Many companies have adjusted their booking and cancellation policies, eliminating change fees and making it easier for travelers to receive refunds for canceled flights. Some hotels offer free nights for stays of a certain length or credits and vouchers for select services, all in the hopes travelers will feel more confident about planning their vacations early.
Hit the Road
Not all (smarty) pigs are ready to fly just yet, and many international destinations are still restricting visitors from other countries. As a result, road trips are trending!
Road trips are more economical and help drive struggling local economies when travelers support small businesses. Plus, they provide flexibility in changing your route or destination or even extending your trip and working from the road (the Flexcation). Vrbo has published a list of the most drivable U.S. designations for 2021.
Have a Contingency Plan
While some companies may have flexible cancellation and rebooking policies, it is still a best practice to purchase travel insurance. Usually a small percentage of the total reservation cost, insurance provides a lot of peace of mind and makes it easier to negotiate refunds or cancel reservations.
Be sure to check out these timeless tips for vacationing like a savvy saver, including suggestions for budgeting and packing and ways to think outside the box regarding lodging, transportation, and activities.
Planning your summer vacation early not only allows you to take advantage of the best deals, helps reduce stress, and improves your mood now that you have plans on the horizon!