Wanderlust reaching uncontrollable proportions? The pandemic hasn’t been easy for anyone, least of all the people who got it or lost loved ones to it. But for consummate travelers, the going has been rough in very specific ways. The fact that the pandemic broke out right around spring break did not help anybody’s vacation plans. Disappointed travelers did not even know whether to cancel bookings and ask for refunds or wait out the spread. Without Spectrum bundles to keep me company, I would have gone stir-crazy being trapped at home when I should have been sightseeing in Monaco last year. But you, me, and other travelers may have a chance to finally get that sorely missed 2020 vacation experience in 2021.
Vacationing In 2021 – The New Wanderlust Checklist
Of course, the infection rate only grew higher with each passing day, leading to widespread fear and uncertainty. The travel and hospitality industry has, obviously, seen some of the worst fallout from COVID-19. Airlines and travel services like Hertz saw a sharp decline in earnings almost immediately. Hotels and local bed’n’breakfast outfits saw their patronage dwindle down to nearly nothing. Even countries began imposing bans on international travel to and from countries with higher infection rates.
In 2021, however, the situation is finally looking up. Several pharmaceuticals have managed to develop working vaccines that could help curtail the spread and severity of coronavirus infection. For many of us, stepping out of the confines of our home without fear seems vacation enough. But many others are more than just a little anxious to start making vacation plans again. In fact, some people are already risking international or domestic air travel. Others intend to do the same once they are fully inoculated against the COVID-19 virus. However, evolving variants of the virus as well as delays in getting the vaccines to vulnerable segments are proving to add confusion and uncertainty. Therefore, any travel plans will still have a very large “IF” attached to them. Here are some suggestions to maximize the fun and minimize the risks when you finally travel this year:
Make Sure You Have Proof of Being Vaccinated
Here’s one thing you need to get right straight off the bat. Traveling without a vaccine is not a lifestyle choice, it is borderline reckless endangerment. You’re not just putting yourself at risk, but everyone you come in contact with. When traveling locally, or internationally, you should consider the risks of being uninoculated and catching or transmitting the infection. In any case, most airports and countries will require proof of your inoculation before you’re allowed to board. Whether or not you have strong opinions for or against vaccines, airport, and travel safety regulations will put an early end to any vacation plans if you don’t have proof of vaccination.
Try a Road Trip Instead of a Flight
Of course, just because you’re allowed on a flight after your vaccination shots does not mean it’s mandatory to take flights. After all, just because you’re an adult, you’re not compelled to pick up smoking. Look for safer modes of travel that you could potentially enjoy far more than a cramped flight. Road trips typically take much longer than air travel. But when it comes to scenic routes, privacy, and enjoyable memories, nothing beats piling into your trusty SUV and hitting the road. You have the freedom to travel at your own place, decide your own stops, and even take unscheduled bathroom breaks. Most importantly, you don’t have to be confined in an airplane cabin sharing the same air with a flight full of people.
Stick to Domestic Destinations for Now
Again, just because countries are allowing vaccinated travelers to board international flights, you don’t necessarily have to join the queue. Yes, there is a very large number of popular destinations in all corners of the world, from Indonesia to India to Iceland. But there is likely also a very long list of places to see and visit in your own country. So, hold off on the jet-setting to exotic beaches and look for local tourist destinations instead.
Hold Onto Your Masks and Sanitizers
Of course, as a precautionary note, don’t think you don’t need to stay safe anymore. You still have a reduced chance of catching the virus or a new variant. So do yourself and your vacation buddies a favor, and remember to pack plenty of masks and sanitizer. Maintain safe social distance with other travelers at all times. If at all possible, create a safety bubble with just the people traveling with you. Reduce interactions with anyone outside the bubble to the bare minimum.