Summer Travel Tips Post-COVID
by A. Scott White, CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®
President, Scott White Advisors
Summer is upon is, but are we ready to resume our summer travel traditions? Experts have suggested that though many Americans are planning and booking travel, it still looks a little different than our pre-pandemic vacations.
Because of discrepancies of COVID protocols from state to state, it is still advisable to plan ahead of time. Many Americans have also enlisted the help of travel advisors1 with everything from health and safety regulations, testing centers, flight bookings, rebookings, and reservations to travel safely, and know what to expect on their vacation. Another aspect that travel advisors and agents help with is travel assurances to protect their plans. Although trip insurance is required for some locations, travelers want protection1 that COVID-19 or cancellations won’t result in total loss.
With a standard 10-12 week time frame for passports2 and some of the world still not allowing Americans to visit, many travelers are continuing to explore more of our own country versus wandering to other countries this year. However, if you have planned or rebooked a trip to Egypt, Mexico or elsewhere, check with local authorities on regulations. Many countries are removing quarantines and restrictions with proof of vaccination or negative COVID test via digital vaccine passports. Only certain vaccines may be valid, as the European Medicines Agency currently only validates BioNTech-Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen Pharmaceutica NV, according to Stephanos Chaillou3, A2 Global Risk analyst. Be prepared to show a negative coronavirus test result before returning home to the United States as well.
Travel in the U.S.
Be prepared for more vacationer influx here in Florida, whether it be via plane, train or automobile. Although the gas pipeline issues of recent months and the low supply of rental cars1 will deter some road trips, Orlando is Priceline’s top-booked and top-searched destination for 2021 summer travel according to a recent article4 in Conde Nast Traveler.
If 2020 taught us anything, it was to prepare for things that we cannot even imagine. Regardless of your decision of where, when and how to travel this summer, remember to:
- Research and adhere to local ordinances or mandates
- Protect your travel investment with insurance
- Be prepared to pay more than in years past
- Plan early