The number of people traveling has decreased immensely. Around the world, vacations are being canceled, graduations are being put on hold or transferred online and other monumental life occasions are being celebrated from afar.
It can be tough to see any kind of silver-lining with so much still uncertain. Fortunately, healthcare workers, scientists and many others are striving to take care of the ill and prevent the virus from spreading further.
As circumstances improve, you may begin to consider re-planning canceled family vacations. The real problem, however, is knowing that you can do so without putting yourself, your family and your finances at risk. There may be a resurgence of the coronavirus, so do your homework and be prepared.
What happens if you plan an entire family vacation only for it to be canceled by coronavirus or other illnesses? How do you protect your finances if a member of your family has coronavirus on the day you are meant to travel? These two questions are the main reasons why families have been reticent to plan travel again. Below, we will cover how to travel safely after the coronavirus pandemic, including the best travel insurance in case of a viral outbreak.
What Does the Future of Travel Look Like
After weeks of quarantine for most people around the world, the travel industry has had to up their game, in terms of health protection for their travelers. Many companies are making a point to create a better, safer environment for you and your family.
That said, it is hard to imagine going back to crowded plane cabins and packed airports. Because of this, how are we supposed to go back to our scheduled vacations?
Well, there is hope. Back in 2017, the United Nations estimated that, by 2030, there could be a total of 1.8 billion tourists traveling worldwide. That is one in five people. The travel industry is set to grow, despite the recent coronavirus pandemic. Experts believe that dramatic changes are on the horizon for how travel looks and how many people will be traveling.
VisitorsCoverage CEO, Rajeev Srivastava points out that thought leaders and stakeholders in the travel industry are already developing a road to recovering from COVID-19, but it won't happen all at once.
The UN World Travel Organization (UNTWO) estimates that 1 in 10 jobs globally are related to the tourism industry.
With so many economies and peoples livelihoods tied to tourism, it is only a matter of time before we see people traveling again, Srivastava states. Governments and travel industry leaders will need to work together to make traveling safe and enjoyable again for everyone.
How Can You Keep Your Family Truly Safe
Whether youre a parent, sibling, child, or partner, your most important assets in life are your loved ones. Due to the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus and whether we may see a resurgence, it is crucial that you are in-the-know on recent coronavirus updates and have the proper insurance in place to protect your health and your bank account.
The last thing you want is to fall sick, or have a family member fall sick, and lose the investment you put into planning and paying for a trip. To catch-up on the latest coronavirus news, we invite you to check out our resource center and the CDC's travel recommendations. As for travel insurance, your best bet is to consider all of your options.
Travel Insurance For Families
The absolute best way to ensure you are not on the losing end of a vacation is to purchase travel insurance. Put simply, purchasing travel insurance can cover you and your family members in the event of an accident, illness or emergency. There are a few different types of travel insurance you should look into before planning your family vacation:
- Trip cancellation insurance: General trip insurance that covers cancellation due to expected circumstances, such as illness, pregnancy, airline strikes or attacks at your destination.
- Cancel for any reason insurance: this typically supplements your general travel insurance that allows you to cancel your trip with a bit more flexibility.
- Trip delay insurance: This will cover any delays of your trip and costs associated with those delays.
- Multi-trip insurance: This is best used for frequent, international flyers and allows you to book multiple flights throughout the year without having to purchase individual travel insurance for each trip.
Each of these types of plans cover different scenarios that you and your family might come across. For example, most family travel insurance will cover one or two adults and one child. However, read the details on any policy you consider closely, as some policies do not include stepchildren or those who do not permanently live with you. To learn more about these different types, we invite you to read our Business, Family and Leisure Travel: Why Every Journey Needs to be Covered with Trip Insurance resource.
But, what is perhaps more important is shopping around. You do not want to simply purchase the first travel insurance plan you see. Rather, you should compare competing plans. One easy way to do this is on an online travel insurance marketplace like VisitorsCoverage. Every plan is different but with a little research, you can find a plan that fits you and your familys needs.
Follow to the Proper Precautions
After you have your travel insurance in place, the next step is to educate yourself and your family on how to properly take care of each other during a time of crisis. If you travel somewhere and an outbreak of a virus occurs, your best chance at remaining healthy is to have a health and safety travel kit on hand.
While many countries are taking coronavirus seriously and creating safer environments for the general public, it is always in your best interest to be prepared. Prior to traveling, you should refer to The Centers for Disease Control updated list and map of destinations and coronavirus outbreaks. It is also crucial to be aware of any current travel bans and restrictions.
For further information, you should take a look at 6 Things You Need to Know About Travel Insurance and COVID-19. In it, we answer many of your top questions related to traveling during and after this pandemic.
Planning For the Future Is Okay, Even Now
We are not downplaying the dangers of the coronavirus. However, it is important to keep yourself and your travel plans positive with an optimistic and precautious plan for the future.
If you want to travel within the United States, it is important to consult the White Houses Opening Up America Again or the CDCs guidelines. This plan means some parts of the country may have different guidance than other areas. Check with the state or local authorities where along your route and at your planned destination to learn about local circumstances and any restrictions that may be in place.
As for planning international travel, you should expect many changes to security and sanitation regulations. Because each country had its own pace of the outbreak, everyone is recovering at different intervals. This means, while it may become safe to travel to one city or country, the next may still be under lockdown. You may also need more than a passport to visit other countries, especially if you are coming from a previous coronavirus hotspot.
With as dangerous as the coronavirus has been, you should proceed with your future travels cautiously. If you are planning on travel overseas in the near future when borders begin to open, consider international travel insurance. If you are traveling to Europe, a tailored plan like Europe Travel Plus that will give you access to medical help if needed and also provide you benefits including coverage for flight delays, passport and 24-hour assistance.
Planning for your future is a great way to keep your head up during these uncertain times. The idea of a future family vacation, even a far-off one, is a fantastic motivator for your family to keep moving forward. Plus, daydreaming about that island you want to visit or those mountains you want to climb is, by far, the best way to pass some time during the remaining days of quarantine. For more tips about planning trips for your family, check out our Parent's Checklist for Successful Travel During COVID-19.
Disclaimer: As Covid cases and mandates vary by state, check with your state's authorities to ensure you're following proper Covid safety protocol. The CDC recommends that travelers are fully vaccinated before they travel. If you are not vaccinated, it's advised that you stay home as much as possible, especially if your trip is not essential. Regardless of vaccine status, everyone should practice social distancing, especially if you are at higher risk of severe illness. Don't travel if you are sick or would be traveling with someone who is sick.