Ugh. As much as we don’t want to have to tackle this topic, it is at the top of everyone’s minds. This week Kim and Tamara share their decisions regarding spring break plans because of the coronavirus. Find out where to find important information regarding COVID-19 and travel warnings, as well as tips for staying healthy during this challenging time.
ON THE PODCAST
00:30 – Talking with Kim and Tamara
03:08 – Kim’s trip changes
13:03 – Tamara’s spring break plans
23:55 – Tips for protecting yourself
29:55 – Final tips
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CORONAVIRUS TRAVEL DECISIONS
- Cancelling a trip can be a tough decision to make. You put so much time and money into your plans for a dream trip. But if you ever feel like you will need to cancel, look into all of the cancelation policies for airfare and hotels. Having all of the facts may help you make your decision. You may also find that because of something like the Coronavirus, airlines and cruise companies may be more lenient with cancelation fees due to this issue.
- Make sure that you are checking cancellation policies when you are booking so that you have an idea what will happen in case you ever need to cancel a trip.
- Most standard travel insurance does not cover cancelling over fear of something (Coronavirus, terrorism, etc.) or pandemics. For that you would need to purchase Cancel for Any Reason insurance (CFAR). You need to purchase this insurance within a certain number of days of the first deposit for your trip, typically 7-21 days. Also note that CFAR does not reimburse 100 percent.
- If you are traveling with kids that go to school, make sure to contact someone to see if you will be required to self quarantine when you come back. Get yourself prepared if this will be the case.
- In case travel warnings change while you are away, make sure that you stock up on food and other necessities before you leave. It also makes sense to make sure you pet or house sitter is available for an extended period of time, should you be quarantined or delayed getting home.
- Whether you are traveling or not, make sure that you are washing your hands often and wash them for at least 20 seconds. Make sure you are not touching your face and use sanitizer in between or when you can wash your hands right away.
- Wearing a mask may stop you from touching your face but it will not protect you from germs that you are touching and transferring around. You need to make sure that you are washing your hands regularly.
- Wipe down your area on a plane, train, or bus with sanitizing wipes, including the armrests, window shades, tray table, seat belt buckles, etc.
- Use a paper towel to open bathroom doors, use your knuckle to push an elevator button, use your elbow to open doors, and take other precautions to avoid touching places that many people also touch.
- Now is a good time to walk as much as possible, to avoid being in taxis or Ubers where others may have left germs. If you do take transportation or ride the subway, you should be sure to sanitize your hands right away after leaving.
- If you are planning or thinking of planning a trip somewhere, look into the areas and what is happening there as well as what they are doing in regards of quarantine. This can help you decide on where you want to go or even just where you know you don’t want to go, at least while this virus is going around.
- One resource is the CDC’s COVID-19 page and the CDC Travel Health Notices page.
- If traveling internationally, you should also register with the U.S. State Department (for U.S. citizens) and the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.
MENTIONED ON THE PODCAST
What it Cost Me to Cancel My Japan Trip – Stuffed Suitcase
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