Itching to get out of town but not sure how to do so safely? Watch our latest Travel Tuesday to learn about the considerations you should take before your next trip. We're excited to welcome Cheryl Patterson from Deep Blue Adventures who shares her insights as a travel professional!
If you're wondering what it's like to travel right now, learn about our recent experiences. Jonas just returned from running our trip to St Croix December 5-12. Heather was with a group in Mexico's Sea of Cortez in November and Cheryl went to Costa Rica at the end of October.
The consensus? It's not quite as scary as we were expecting! Airlines are being very strict about what's happening on the planes, but airports leave a bit to be desired (sometimes limited room to physically distance, a small percentage of folks not wearing masks properly, etc.). And once at our destinations, the staff working in hotels, restaurants and dive shops were very serious about protocols. Which makes sense...this is their livelihood!
We also answer some of the most common questions we've been getting from our divers:
- What happens if I can't go on a trip due to the country shutting down travel?
- What exactly will travel insurance cover related to COVID?
- Are airlines still not charging fees for cancellations or rescheduling flights?
- Any recommendations for getting tested quickly?
So what are our tips for divers planning trips?
- Be flexible! Things are constantly changing so take a deep breath and go with the flow.
- Trip insurance is always a good idea. Plan to buy it right after you book the trip.
- Bring enough masks and hand sanitizer with you! There will likely be plenty available, but just in case...
- Bring snacks for the airport. Many restaurants and kiosks are still closed and the food court can get crowded.
- Research the hotel and dive shop's COVID protocols so that you're prepared.
Here are some websites where you can find more information on different countries' restrictions and requirements:
- IATA COVID-19 Travel Regulations Map
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
Finally, if you are hesitant to book on your own, do not hesitate to contact a travel professional! These folks are immersed in the daty-to-day changes and are your best resource for planning a safe trip. We love working with Cheryl and her team at Deep Blue Adventures! They would be happy to help you plan your next (safe) adventure...just told them Blue Planet sent you. ;-)