After months of lockdown, many of you will be starting to get itchy feet and find yourself dreaming of the next adventure that will take you beyond the boundaries of your local area. The pandemic will also leave many of you feeling slightly uncertain about where to even start going about with your travel planning. But when that day finally comes, and we bid farewell to our house-bound lives, we will all be glad to be making our first steps back into the world of exploration and adventure – and most of all bathing in the excitement of having something to look forward to.
We completely understand your uncertainty during these strange times, but would still like to inspire your planning whether it be now or in the future, have a scroll below and let us guide you on your journey back to normality. This article consists of the things that you should consider or look at when it comes to booking your future trip with confidence. After all, a holiday should be something to look forward to rather than causing you to worry!
Make A Plan
Spontaneity can be exciting, but in many cases, especially if you’ve only got a limited amount of time to take an adventure, planning can help you get the most out of your trip. If you were planning a holiday before COVID-19, what would you have done? List down all of the activities and start looking into whether or not these activities are still a possibility:
- Are the opening hours the same?
- Are the opening days operating as usual?
- What is the attraction doing to ensure visitor safety?
A lot of businesses remain open with some added boundaries in place to ensure safety. You might need to juggle your timings in order to match their safety advice.
It is fair to feel uncertain when booking any accommodation for your trip even if you have the flight ticket booked. Luckily many hospitality providers currently and will continue to offer flexibility with their bookings to be lenient towards travelers.
When booking your accommodation, ensure that your accommodation provider will offer you the flexibility to change your booking to a future date if you’re unable to travel due to restrictions brought about by COVID-19. At Cheval Collection, if guests book our Friends and Family Reunited offer, we offer the flexibility to cancel without cost up to 7-days before arrival.
Pay with a credit card
The reason you should pay with a credit card is because Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act will protect you against any purchase above £100. This means that regardless of how the situation pans out, your card provider will protect you on purchases not fulfilled by the supplier. You may be entitled to a refund.
Unexpected things can happen any time and sometimes life does give us lemons. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, right? In this case, the lemonade is life insurance. Not only for during this uncertain time but for any future trips you may have. In the UK for example, we have Compare The Market where you can input your information and a list of insurance providers will appear for you to make your choice. You can then opt in to subscribe to what works for you and choose your starting date. It is advised that you have your travel insurance as soon as you’ve booked your flight ticket to ensure that you’re covered. Although at this point in time, no cancellations may be refunded through insurance, you may require medical help once you’re abroad so it’s always a good idea to have that handy. Make sure you read the small print and claims relating to pandemics and COVID-19 is included within the policy.
Buy a voucher
If you’re uncertain about the date but would like to ensure that you’ll be visiting at some point in the next few months, plenty of accommodation providers like Cheval Collection offer a chance for guests to purchase a voucher. As well as supporting the hospitality industry and your favourite accommodation provider, the vouchers also make a wonderful gift. Nothing beats the chance to look forward to a luxury stay!