Flexible Travel Dates: Making bookings in uncertain times
If you’re gearing up to make holiday travel plans but you’re worried about committing to a trip in the time of corona, here’s how to book with peace of mind.
With domestic lockdown regulations beginning to ease (and international travel set to open soon), you’re likely suffering from a serious case of wanderlust-induced itchy feet. But if 2020 has taught us anything, life can be unpredictable and wreak havoc on our holiday goals. So how do you click that “book now” button with confidence? How do you hand over your hard-earned cash without assurances that you’ll be able to change your mind and your plans without being penalised?
Start by adjusting your expectations
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we live, work, and travel. Before you start comparing holiday package options, take some time to think about your comfort levels in the new normal – what you feel safe doing. Chances are we’ll be exploring closer to home before chasing distant horizons. Maybe it’s a few nights away in a game reserve, or a self-catering cottage in a small West Coast town. How do you want to get there? Self-drive holidays are seeming like the right way to go. What precautions will you take to stay safe? These are necessary questions to answer before planning your trip.
Be prepared for things to change
It’s not just booking policies that need to be flexible, you need to be prepared for things to change too – whether it’s a new lockdown that gets put back into place or you catch a cold and can’t travel. At the time of publishing, air travel is only permitted for essential travel reasons, but we expect that much of the new airport, boarding and flight rules will still be in play when airlines open to leisure travellers, so make sure you know what these are and that you’re prepared for the new reality of air travel.
Call in the pros
So much is changing, and it’s changing so fast that it could give you whiplash. If ever there was a time to enlist the services of a travel agent, it’s now. We’re the peeps who are staying on top of the latest news and updates, from airline booking policies to the measures that hotels and resorts are putting in place to keep their guests safe – and which facilities will be open for use when you’re there. Want to know which countries are open for travel and if there’s a risk of being quarantined? We’ll help you untangle the latest regulations and make sure you’re dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s – especially when it comes to cancellation policies.
So, if you’re suffering from a fear of commitment in these uncertain times, let us help you make flexible travel bookings so that you don’t give up on your future holiday dreams.