Dear Jane A new series from TripIt that asks Jane MosesConcur to TripIt’s product vice president, For his best advice on travel nowadays. Jane spends her time concentrating on solving the problems of busy travelers, and as an avid traveler, she is intimately acquainted with the current state of travel and how to best prepare for the changing landscape.
Check out her latest tips, including international travel, travel insurance, road travel, sustainable travel and more. Need advice? Finally submit your question to Jane.
Dear Jane: It’s been quite a while since I traveled, and while I’ve maintained some COVID-19 protocol, things seem to be changing again. What do I need to know before my trip in May? – It will be a while
Dear It’s been a while: Masks are coming down, and many places are starting to pick up the Covid-19 mandate, but that doesn’t mean there are no restrictions বিশেষ especially for those who haven’t been vaccinated. You should still check the status of your destination and keep an eye on things like infection rate, as new variants can cause spikes in some areas. Depending on your personal comfort level, you may still want to take precautions, such as bringing masks and tests or taking another booster if you are over 50.
And while the risk of getting COVID-19 is lower than a year ago, especially those who have been vaccinated, you are more likely to get sick before, during or after your trip, and you will act wisely. Backup plan in all situations. Long before COVID-19, it must have been a reality – no one would have to get on a plane if they were actively infected with any kind of illness.
I certainly hope we don’t go back to where we were at the worst of the epidemic, but things will continue to change and you should be careful to make sure your trip is as expected.
Dear Jane: I’m thinking of booking a trip to Mexico, and I’m excited about my first international trip since the epidemic. But I’m totally out of practice! What should I add to my plans list? – Ready for jet set
Ready for your favorite jet set: You need to think about your passport first. Many people allow their passports to expire during the epidemic, and waiting times for renewal are still longer than usual. Even if you haven’t booked a trip yet, but have vague international travel on your radar, update your passport now! Remember that you do not have to wait until your passport expires to renew your passport. If your passport expires within a year, I will just go ahead and renew it.
Likewise, check out all the travel tools you normally use and make sure you don’t let them go to waste. Lines at airports are also longer than usual, and if you travel internationally you’ll be grateful for CLEAR and / or TSA PreCheck (I’m a fan of Combo!), Or Global Entry.
Extra Super Pro Tip: If you update your passport, be sure to update your global entry information as well to match! I can tell from experience that not doing this would prove to be very frustrating.
Dear Jane: I have a vacation booked for July, but I am wary of new variants popping up that could affect my travels. Should I consider buying travel insurance? – Feeling anxious
Favorite Anxiety Feelings: During an epidemic, many airlines have reduced their conversion fees, so unless you book something else as part of your trip, such as a tour or any type of travel, you probably don’t need extra travel insurance. If there are any additional costs associated with your trip, this is a must see. Just be sure to review the clauses closely to make sure they cover some of the issues that may come up for you and your travel party. See also what your credit card can cover for travel insurance – many have their own coverage.
When it comes to conversion fees, I don’t see airlines reapplying in the same way as their pre-epidemic. However, I see airlines recovering costs in other ways, such as charging more for luggage or for specific seats.
Dear Jane: I’m finally back on the business trip and really looking forward to seeing my favorite clients again. Any tips for booking my first business trip since 2020? – Street Fighter
Favorite Road Fighter: Lots of flight routes and frequencies have changed during the epidemic, so plan and book to make sure you have the flight you want. You may be accustomed to flying on a certain nonstop route at a certain time to see your client, but that route may no longer exist. We know that business travelers want flexibility when traveling, which means waiting until the last minute to book, but it can be a recipe for disaster.
The good news is that almost all travel managers at the SAP Concur survey say that their companies have taken steps over the past 12 months to prepare for the potential growth of business travel in 2022, including investing in new travel equipment and technology, adjusting travel policies, and providing extra travel for employees. Provide related training.
Dear Jane: As we head into the summer in the United States, do you think road trips will continue as a popular vacation? – Trying to avoid traffic
Try to avoid favorite traffic: During the epidemic, road travel came to a head. Especially during the summer holidays we have seen rental cars in constant high demand. Travel photographer Max Lowe tells us, “During the epidemic, things changed a bit for me to look like a normal traveler. In the beginning, travel meant road trips and camping to avoid others and stay safe. ”
However, data from a recent TripIt survey shows that more passengers are planning to travel by air than by car, and this is the first time we’ve heard of this since the epidemic began. I think we will see the trend of road trips slowing down a bit this summer if gas prices continue to rise, which many are predicting that they will. Another factor that may slow down this trend is environmental considerations. We can see more passengers, for example, considering train travel.
Dear Jane: What advice do you have for those who want to travel with sustainability in mind? – Green Travel Mom
Dear Green Travel Mom: Start small. When you think of supporting the environment, the details may seem overwhelming; The scale of our climate problems can cripple some of us. If you are not ready to pick your flight based on environmental factors, such as carbon footprint, think small. Bring a reusable water bottle and coffee mug. Instead of taking a taxi, consider taking public transport, sharing a bike or walking. Not only do these small behavioral changes contribute to lower emissions, but they are also a great way to explore and experience a new place.
Another option to reduce carbon emissions is to stay close to home. Plan a camping trip to a nearby campground or park; It can give you peace of mind for saving carbon emissions from transportation and energy use.
Remember: if you can’t do one thing, you can always do another. Can’t pick the most sustainable travel? All right, don’t kill yourself! Find other ways to make a positive impact. You can eat less meat, use solar energy or drive an electric car. These are not meant to be exact “trades”, they are examples of how to look at the role you are playing. Although the problems may seem overwhelming at times, we are all in it together.