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Are You Preparing for Travel Soon?

Are you preparing for travel soon? If you’re like me, you may be chomping at the bit to get out and see more of the world. It’s been hard to find a way to cure the travel bug. Well, I hope it’s safe to say it won’t be long before we’re all allowed to travel more. But are you ready?

What can you be doing now to be prepared? Here’s my list, although not comprehensive, of ways you can be more prepared and ready to travel soon:

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Create your inspiration list

Call it your bucket list or just a list of all the places you’d really like to see someday, but a goal not written is a goal not attained. Then sit down with your family or travel partner and narrow down your list. Ask questions like, “How much money can we spend?”, “When is the best season to travel to this destination?”, “What do we want to accomplish?”, “Is it likely to be open for travel soon?”, and “How much vacation time do we want to spend at this destination?”

Then go through your calendar to determine the best time for you to travel, considering holidays, extra days off, family celebrations, or special events. When you consider these plus your answers to the above questions, you should be able to narrow your list down to a few options. If necessary, put those options up for a vote to decide on the destination you will prepare for now.

Learn everything you can

Now you need to do some legwork! Some people actually enjoy traveling without much preparation. They’re up for the adventure of not knowing beforehand what they will do or where exactly they will go. That’s not for me. I’ve learned that the better prepared I am, the smoother my travels go — and the fewer mistakes I make. Plus…now that we are still recovering from a pandemic, it seems prudent to be armed with information. This is an important part of preparing for travel.

Research your destination. Learn what the pandemic-related requirements are. Find out what is closed and what is open. Read articles written by others who have traveled there recently with tips to share. Read reviews, too. A hotel that might have been a good option a few years ago might not be the best right now. (For example, I have preferred motels during the pandemic where I can park right outside my room and not cross paths with others in hallways or elevators.) Be sure to ask lots of questions, like “Do you still serve a breakfast buffet?”, “Is the pool going to be open?”, “Is there a pandemic surcharge to cover additional cleaning and sterilizing?”, and “Are there facemask requirements?”

You also need to know what is required for Covid-19 testing or vaccines. Some countries are requiring both — evidence you are fully vaccinated AND a negative medically-monitored Covid-19 test result within a few days of departure. These requirements are constantly evolving, so be sure to read the most current information you can before leaving on your trip. Unless you like surprises! We don’t really know how long it will be before travel will return to pre-pandemic conditions, if ever. I’m afraid this may be a new normal.

And finally, make sure your passport is current if you desire to travel internationally.

Prepare a back-up plan

You know — like a Plan B. Fortunately, most travel reservations can now be changed fairly easily, without penalty. Cruise reservations can be cancelled up to the day of departure if you get sick. Airline reservations can also be cancelled or changed with fewer restrictions. And most hotels, motels, and Airbnb’s are the same. They understand that today’s world is one of constant change. So, have a Plan B — another vacation option if your preferred arrangements go south.

Perhaps your back-up plan might be a roadtrip to a national park — something a little easier to plan at the last minute. Or even a family camping trip. When amusement parks, museums, and theaters were still closed last year, we found that it was wonderful to spend time in the Sierra Mountains camping, hiking, and kayaking on Mono Lake! (None of those attractions were closed!)

Purchase what you need

As you are preparing for travel, you may wish to purchase some of these items, depending on your plans:

Are you traveling by air?

Are you making a roadtrip?

Are you camping?

Preparing for travel includes being grateful

Our expectations have been challenged a lot in the last year and a half. Learning to be flexible– and grateful for what you can do goes a long way. Traveling doesn’t have to be complicated to be enjoyable. In fact, more simple activities may actually bring the most pleasure.

At first, I told myself I didn’t want to go on a cruise again until I wouldn’t be required to wear a facemask. But now I’m realizing it may be a small sacrifice to wear a facemask if it means I get to see the icebergs in Alaskan harbors, or a glorious sunset from the rear deck of a cruise ship. And I’m sure there will be outdoor activities in ports where facemasks will not be mandatory.

We live in a stunningly beautiful world. I think we were meant to explore and experience at least some of that beauty — and it’s good for our souls! Much better, in fact, than staying cooped up at home. Find a way to see the world again. Start out small if you have to. Preparing for travel means you’ll be ready when the opportunity arises. Dont miss out!

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12 thoughts on “Are You Preparing for Travel Soon?

  1. SherianneKay

    Great reminder that this is a good time to do some ‘armchair’ traveling and create a few itineraries for the future. I thought about visiting a few Caribbean Islands but have found COVID testing to return to be more difficult than I expected.

    1. Tami Post author

      I agree. We were looking at the Dominican Republic. It’s not too bad but I still feel more comfortable traveling in the US for now. Grateful there are so many options, though!

  2. Jason

    Me and may partner have been very lucky. We have managed to travel internationally right through the pandemic. Managing to have things booked at perfect timing and destinations. And you’re right — preparation is key. Research everything.

  3. Kerry

    Some really helpful tips. I never used to research in advance and then missed stuff I wish I hadn’t. I base a lot of my decisions on reviews too.

  4. Umiko

    You are right. These are the things I’m doing right now for our big plan next year. Searching and making notes of places we want to go, where to stay, what to do, and where to eat. I’m so excited.

  5. Ambica Gulati

    I am not preparing to travel. But your post is a reminder that travel really helps us become a happier world. Research and planning really helps in making your holiday a good one. I have begun to make a wishlist and doing research on those places.

  6. Lisa

    These are useful tips to bear in mind for anyone travelling soon. Having a backup plan is a great idea as is researching where you want to go. I always have an inspiration list!

  7. Natascha

    Great tips for traveling in these uncertain times! Right now we are traveling on Malta and Gozo. We find that our travel plans are more last-minute than they used to be, because it is difficult to plan a lot in advance. Even if you can change or cancel more easily it means a lot of additional paper work, so we find it easier to travel on short notice. However we are always juggling several options.

  8. Renee

    I’m so ready for international travel again, and Paris you’re my first place to return to. I’ll be there in 2 weeks. I’ve created the dream list, research just as you’ve recommended. I love the planning and anticipation just as much as the trip.

  9. Nish

    I’ve been preparing since a very long time. Unfortunately every time I commit something or the other happens – either Covid restrictions, or continuance of kids studying from home, or exam/work postponements. Covid really did a number on us this year.

    I now only hope for next year.

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