After the struggles that we’ve all faced since the start of 2020, the thought of a vacation is sweeter than ever. The United States has always been one of the most popular destinations on the planet, and this may be the perfect time to plan your trip. However, you must ensure that the right steps are taken to ensure maximized enjoyment.
Use the following checklist of considerations, and you won’t go far wrong.
1. The legalities
First and foremost, you must check that you are actually able to visit the United States. Right now, it is illegal to travel to any country for holiday purposes. However, this is due to end for some countries in late May. Holidaymakers should check the latest government guidelines before booking. You need to know where you stand should the laws change.
It is also necessary to know what to expect when arriving in America. A negative Covid test will need to be shown while ESTA restrictions should be researched too. The last thing anyone wants is to put time, money, and effort into holiday plans that can’t happen. If nothing else, it puts your mind at ease before continuing your plans.
Like many aspects of travel, the legal elements are now more significant than ever. Do not overlook it.
2. The logistics of travel
In addition to checking that you can legally visit the United States, you will need to investigate the travel elements. Many airports and airlines will continue to run limited services. Aside from making travel more difficult, it will often lead to increased expenses. So, in some cases, delaying the vacation until 2022 may be a better option.
The logistics of travel should extend to planning for navigating airports. You may need to give yourself a little extra time while also finding ways to stay entertained. On a side note, the reduced volume of flights may lead to a spike in prices. Not least because holidaymakers will be happy to pay after being unable to travel for so long.
Costs, timing, and precautions must all be understood. Likewise, potential 14-day quarantines on either side of the Atlantic need respecting.
3. Destination restrictions
The general situations surrounding travel to the U.S. form a solid foundation. However, you also need to think about the restrictions currently in place across the nation. The harsh reality is that you may not be able to enjoy some activities in the same way that you could pre-covid. For example, sports and music events have limited capacities.
It is imperative that you consider vacation spots that have lots to offer. Visiting Florida, for example, will still deliver ample enjoyment. Even if some of the internal attractions are either shut or adapted. Better still, you can take control of your vacation by building an itinerary that doesn’t rely on hoping species are available in one place.
You can still have a great vacation in 2021 or 2022, but only when you give the question of ‘where?’ the attention it deserves.
4. Accommodation restrictions
While you may be able to travel to your favorite U.S. city, it might not be possible to stay in the hotel you love. A lot of businesses in the hospitality industry have been hit hard. Consequently, then, you may find that many of the places you looked at in guides from 2019 are no longer available. Or if they are, the situations may be vastly different.
Communal spaces and activities may be limited depending on where you go. Make no mistake, hotels in Vegas are currently operating as normal. However, other parts of America aren’t yet back to that level of normality. Guest villas and private rentals may work out better at this time, as long as the hosts have made positive steps.
Now more than ever, a comfortable place to stay will have a telling impact on your vacation.
5. Safety upgrades
Even if vacations are back on the agenda, you have to take care. Even if you have had the vaccine, it makes sense to keep yourself safe. After all, other strains of Covid may still surface. Likewise, you do not want to end up in the Emergency Room with any injury or illness in the current climate. The vacation is meant to reduce your stress!
Public transport is arguably the biggest concern. So, checking car rental protocols should be considered a priority. In addition to the safety aspects, it will give you the best chance of seeing sights in a convenient style. This benefit will be extra significant if you need to modify your itinerary due to closures.
It is also important to pack any protective items that you may require. Simple shopping practices that are often taken for granted may prove to be a little tougher.
6. The daily protocols
As you know from daily life back home, getting around town and completing simple tasks looks a little different. For example, some stores won’t handle cash while venues may only deal with pre-booked visitors. In addition to making reservations for dinner and attractions, you need to think about what changes can be made.
Paying by card will be a lot easier while you’re away. But this can only happen if you tell your bank about the plans to travel. Likewise, you should check that your mobile phone operator knows that you are travelling to America. After all, correcting the issues may be harder and more stressful too.
Holidays are supposed to be relaxing. Don’t let simply daily tasks stop that.
7. The travel party
Human interactions have been limited over the past year or so. As such, you’re probably itching to meet up and make magical memories with friends. However, it is equally important to acknowledge that you’ve become accustomed to only spending time with your household. It may be better to travel exclusively with your immediate family.
Aside from the safety elements, it’s the best way to prevent arguments. Holidaying is known to be one of the quickest ways to lose friendships. Given that negative personality traits will be even more noticeable in the current climate, your patience will run out far sooner. In short, you need to seriously consider whether travelling together is wise.
On a brighter note, when you travel with the right people, your first trip after COvid will be everything you wanted and more.