Hello travel partners
This square in front of the Milan Cathedral is usually filled with people. The shopping arcade to the left the same. Today may not be the time to be there, but soon it will. So it is time to plan for 2022. If you’re ready to safely explore, a Virtuoso travel advisor, me, can help you get the most out of your trips right now with their up-to-the-minute expertise. Below, we’ve gathered some of their best advice for navigating travel right now.
If Possible, Extend Your Trip
In general, travelers are booking longer stays in a single destination. For people who can work from wherever there is Wi-Fi, they can do 30 days in Italy now. Travelers best stick with destinations that are already open to visitors, rather than waiting to see if somewhere new will open. Staying for longer periods of time is a great idea, to get the most out of a trip and avoid the hassle of testing and quarantining that comes with jetting off to multiple countries at once.
Know the Requirements
While it’s a personal choice, those who are interested in international travel need to be aware that many destinations are requiring travelers to be vaccinated. Even museums and restaurants are starting to require proof of vaccination so that visitors can enjoy their indoor experiences. I can assist with the information, but in the end you are responsible.
Pack Your Flexibility
More than anything else, bring a healthy dose of patience with you when you walk out your front door. And while last-minute hiccups may not be your idea of a relaxing vacation, they can lead to new adventures. Be flexible and enjoy the moment. The unexpected may create opportunities. Things are changing on almost a daily basis as travel restarts, so having an advisor, me, in your corner who can keep you informed is so important.
Be Prepared to Wait
Travel advisors have been seeing the effects of travel’s rapid return. The increased number of travelers means that you may come across long wait times. Many businesses are operating with skeletal crew and they’re trying their best to take care of everyone. At the airport, allot enough time to park, check in, and get to your gate. A lot of things are out of your control, so accept the current situation and choose a positive attitude. Store your energy for your trip and bring snacks – stores have limited hours and the lines are long.
Look to the Great Outdoors
When it comes to planning spring and summer trips, think outside the box. You’ve been cooped up indoors for most of the year. For now, bypass the indoor museums and churches. Let your travels for the end of 2021 and into 2022 be about outdoor exploration in big open spaces.
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Edited from Virtuoso Newsletter