18 August 2021
Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, taking a trip this month or the next few might be a challenge. The emergence of the Delta Variant has caused some states and nations to initiate protocols that can slow you down. Check out your destination, and even some potential stops in between (weather diversions, etc.) to be sure you have everything you need to make this a pleasant and safe experience.
If you are vaccinated, it might be a good idea to carry proof with you. Some countries and regions may require a vaccination passport or there could be some travel restrictions if going from one country to another. Keep your documentation with you at all times.
Use hand sanitizers liberally. Bring your own. You can’t be guaranteed that sanitizers will be available everywhere you go. Be sure what you use is effective and meets safety standards. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends at least 60% alcohol.
Face coverings worn for extended periods of time can be difficult. Find one that works for you. If ear loops bother you, find one that ties behind your head. Maybe a plastic face shield is better. Studies show that face coverings help put others at ease. If you are exempt from wearing a face mask, keep that documentation with you to avoid confrontations.
Consider your accommodations. You might be limiting your exposure if you opt for a condo or home rather than a hotel. For some families considering a bit of time away from home, camping may be an option.
Travel within a city may pose some issues. If you are planning to use public transportation, check local guidelines about social distancing. You may find yourself in a bind if regulations leave you standing and waiting for another bus or subway car. Consider renting a vehicle if getting from one place to another is critical.
Travel insurance is often available through the airline if you are flying. Opting for the cancel-for-any-reason may be more expensive or flexible tickets can save you some money if you get caught in a situation out of your control.
Be mindful of your budget if you are planning a vacation. The past 18 months to two years showed us how quickly economic hardship can fall. You may want to give your family the best time available, but don’t overspend…just in case.
If you are heading to a resort area with theme parks, golf courses, or other public attractions, check to see if you need to book a slot in advance. That way you won’t encounter any surprises or disappointments. At the same time, check to see if they have any protocols in place that you should be aware of.
In conclusion, none of this is intended to be offensive in any way. It is simply a statement of the realities of travel at this point in time and an attempt to help you be prepared for the situations you may encounter as you journey from one location to another at least through the end of the year. If you are prepared, you can make the experience more pleasant, or at least less difficult. With proper preparation and acceptance of any restrictions, you will be just fine.