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How to Navigate Post-Covid Travel

By Trish Duke August 05, 2022 Travel

One key lesson that Covid has taught us is that life can be short and there is a new urgency to dig out the bucket list and make definite plans.

Travel agents are talking about a shift in attitudes and bookings among their clients, moving their “someday I’ll do this or that” to “I need to make it as soon as possible.”

2023 Is Going to Be a Big Year for Dream Trips

Reports show that in 2022 there has been a growing appetite among post-pandemic travellers to visit new, alternative destinations, rather than sticking to the familiar. One in three have larger travel budgets than pre-Covid and looking for new experiences such as once-in-a-lifetime trips.

Certainly 2022 has seen a trickle grow into a river of travel addicts enjoying a long-waited measure of freedom.

Travellers’ preferences and behaviours have changed now, especially around health and safety requirements. Being in crowded areas or transportation is a concern. In those circumstances, masks and hand sanitisers are recommended when traveling, whatever the local official requirements are.

With a Larger Budget, Many Are Treating Themselves to Flying Business Class

You have more room around you when flying, cleaner bathrooms and dedicated spacious airport lounges as well as priority boarding lines. My personal experience is that I come off the aircraft feeling human instead of a scrunched-up, constipated lump of flesh.

If your body doesn’t like standing in lines or walking long distances to your gate in huge airports, then consider the ‘handicap assist’ complementary service with the airline. These days they often use golf buggies to get you from check-in to the gate, keeping you away from crowded lines and walk-ways. Another form of social distancing.

We Hear Horror Stories of Long Check-In Lines and Travel Industry Being So Short Staffed

Checking in online and using the ‘bag drop’ method can avoid or minimise the wait time.  I went to Melbourne recently to see my son and managed with just carry-on luggage.

Usually, I struggle with far too much luggage, especially if it’s a work trip. I take not just one proverbial kitchen sink but two! It was liberating to have so little luggage and know it couldn’t get lost.

Is It Too Early to Visit Far Flung and Isolated Destinations?

You need to have trust in the healthcare systems of your destination. A good travel insurance company will place Covid-19 under the medical section of a policy, instead of classing it as a pandemic, which made it unclaimable three years ago.

You may be desperate to see your family or friends when they return from a trip, but it could be a sensible idea to keep away from them for a week to see if they develop Covid-19 or any other foreign bug. Have a Zoom meeting to share their vacation memories and admire their tan.

Recent research showed that customers are booking on much shorter lead-times than previously: 80% of bookings in our new world are within a fortnight of departure, as opposed to 36 days before departure in pre-Covid-19 times.

If You Are Considering a Tour or Cruise, Ask How They Are Going to Keep You Safe

As the owner of a niche tour company EasyIsraelTours.com, I have learnt to adjust health and safety standards. We use larger buses to allow social distancing, have dedicated tables in the hotel dining rooms and inspect the rooms for cleanliness. By now we are all trained in personal hygiene.

My clients are seniors and this year some are waiting to see what the new variants are doing before booking into our fall tours. Others are excited to be going on their once-in-a-lifetime trip. Our 2023 tours are filling up faster than pre-Covid, so you will need to book your vacations for next year sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.

An Astonishing Lesson the Pandemic Has Taught Is the Future Is Unpredictable!

We can’t count on being able to do what we want when we want. Especially in our ‘maturity’. Let’s travel and experience the world. Being excited about working through our bucket list dreams, being as safe as we can, but maybe venturing into ‘calculated risks’ territory!

What bucket list dream are you going to book right now? Have you been somewhere exciting already this year?

Let's Have a Conversation!

The Author

Trish Duke lives in Australia. In her 60’s she reFired. Using her physical therapy and life skills, she founded two companies. One takes seniors and slow walkers to Israel on bucket list tours and the other, www.MastectomyRecoveryCentre.com, coaches breast cancer patients to make the best recovery possible, physically, emotionally and sexually.

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CJ

At the end of the day, it’s not where I go but who I’m with. THAT’S what matters

Cynthia

Make sure your mask is a kn95. My recent experience was that masks required is poorly enforced!

Karen

We are hoping to make it to Australia at the end of this year, for the third time of booking. My brother and sister-in-law left the UK in 1970 and have made their lives there. I really want to see them again, as we are all aging and there may not be that many more chances. There is also a great-great-nephew for us to meet!
On our last trip to the UK we managed to catch covid, so I am concerned that we might get it again and carry it to the family. So much to consider.

Janice

Just returned from a cruise to Bermuda. Vaccinated & double boosted and came home with covid. One symptom dry throat. Negative test day I returned & positive test the next day a full week after my throat felt dry. Now in isolation….bad way to come home from a great trip but so thankful I am not feeling sick. Happy travels

Cindy

I am travelling in the fall for 3 weeks – a combination of airplane and train travel (flying to the first of four destinations, staying for a few days, then taking the train to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th destinations, then flying home). Masks are required on planes and trains (except when eating or drinking). I booked hotels, flights and train travel in April at the suggestion of my travel agent. Use common sense when travelling – I am not thinking about COVID. I am fully vaccinated with 2 booster shots, and I want to get out and explore new destinations.

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