(Disclaimer: The following information is as of August 24, 2021, and is subject to change.)
Travel, like everything else, came to a screeching halt in March 2020. The return is back, but it is different than pre-pandemic. I’ve visited Europe, Mexico, Jamaica, New York City, Walt Disney World, and Hawaii – in some cases multiple times – over the past year and experienced the travel recovery.
Is it different? Yes. Does it require more planning and preparation? Definitely. Is it worth it? Always!
Your packing list just got a lot trickier. We now have to meet specific COVID test result requirements, vaccine requirements, unique online forms, and QR codes. It’s a lot to remember, and the requirements are changing daily. The good news is that I will always help you be prepared for your destination’s requirements.
Airline travel and rental cars have dominated the headlines during this transition. Even with fewer flights scheduled, 2 million people are flying each day! Yes, you’ll need to be prepared to wear an acceptable mask for the duration of your flight and in the airports.
My first tip? Find a comfortable, breathable mask. I discovered the Under Armour masks before we visited the Disney World parks. It works great for me -breathable in the humidity!
Tip #2 – Grace. Everyone’s a little more anxious, a little more frazzled. Try to smile and help each other out.
Rental cars? All I can say is that we need to plan and reserve as early as possible! Until providers rebuild their inventories, scarcity and higher costs will remain.
Extra care is taken to sanitize rooms – complete with stickers and lots of items encased in plastic. Some amenities, such as room service, may be limited or not offered yet. Housekeeping services are often scaled back too. The views are still the Heavenly beds still heavenly, and the hard-working staff is eager to make your vacation special.
At many resorts, operating times and days have been adjusted to accommodate wildly fluctuating staffing and occupancy levels. Menus have been streamlined due to challenges with supply at many locations.
A GRACIOUS MINDSET
I wish I had a crystal ball and could predict what an Ireland vacation or any other trip will look like next summer – or next week!
I am confident that resort managers, tour operators, cruise lines, airlines, and theme park managers will continue to adapt and provide safe, relaxing, and memorable travel experiences.
All it takes is a little planning, patience, and grace on everyone’s part.