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Regardless of where in the world you live, COVID-19 has certainly put your life on hold regarding relationships, social occasions, and especially travel. Due to restrictions in place, holidays have been put on hold and even cancelled as a result of the developing pandemic. However, if you have been forced to stay indoors during the lockdown, there has never been a better time than to start planning for your upcoming trip for the moment restrictions lift. Take a look at the tips below to give you a head-start on what you need to think about for planning a trip after the pandemic:
1. Know the rules and entry requirements of each destination
It’s difficult to keep up to date with every single rule and regulation in place for each country, so it would be wise to research before you travel to prevent potential obstacles causing issues. It’s going to take a while before any sense of normality is resumed. However, some countries are now starting to ease restrictions, making it much easier to travel freely. Before your trip, ensure you read the latest guidelines and any other regulations in place to ensure you’re well prepared for what may be expected of you as a foreign traveler.
2. Book your car parking space
Getting to and from the airport can be a stressful experience. Some opt to book taxis; however, this can be expensive, and car-sharing with other passengers can be a risk in the spread of the virus. As a result, you’ll have to be prepared for more people to be driving to the airport than usual. Finding a car parking space may, therefore, prove difficult, so booking it in advance would be the advised option. Parkon.com allows you to book your airport car parking space online either on a short-term or long-term basis.
3. Don’t ignore the big hotel chains
While you may feel safer staying in an independent hotel, the bigger chain hotels shouldn’t be overlooked, as staff are doing everything in their power to keep guests as safe as possible. Hotels are now carrying out a thorough cleaning process and even carrying out additional tasks to minimize the spread of the virus, such as providing smartphone admittance to rooms as opposed to keys or swipe cards and even removing coat hangers from wardrobes, which would be regularly touched by numerous guests. If you want to be sure of the precautions that each hotel chain is making, you could contact them beforehand.
4. Cancel in good time
No-one knows quite how the pandemic is set to develop, but if there comes a time when you don’t feel safe to travel, don’t be afraid to reach out to the travel company and let them know you’d like to cancel. The sooner you do so, the more likely they’ll be able to re-sell your flights and room and prevent you from losing the majority of your payment. However, in some cases, you may have to wait until the airline cancels your flight before you’re entitled to a full refund.