If you’re wondering how to take a vacation after the pandemic, brace for a surprise. It won’t be like your last one, according to experts. Not even close.`
“The situation is evolving,” says JC Lightcap, a travel safety expert for Sitata and author of The Travel Safety Handbook.
About 9 in 10 Americans are considering a trip, according to research by the advertising firm BVK. Of those who have planned their next trip, 4 in 10 have set travel plans in summer, and just over one-third are aiming for fall.
So how do you take a vacation after the pandemic? The ground rules are pretty simple: Pay extra attention to health and safety, work with a professional — and pack the right attitude.
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You probably already know what travel insurance doesn’t cover after the pandemic. Fear of travel and pandemics are at the top of the list. But what does travel insurance cover after the pandemic?
Consider what happened to Rita McMahon. She’d booked a flight from Seattle to Manchester, England, this summer. And then the coronavirus struck.
Although her Aer Lingus flight is still operating, there’s a quarantine for people arriving from the U.S. McMahon is reluctant to fly. But neither her airline nor her travel insurance company will refund the $5,075 she spent for her first-class ticket.
“It was supposed to be a trip of a lifetime for me,” says McMahon, who lives in Kirkland, Wash. “Now, it is turning into something else.”
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Nechama Robinson’s instant veneers don’t work as promised. Despite a “100 percent” money-back guarantee, both PayPal and the company that sold her the veneers are balking at a refund. Is she stuck — or can she get an instant veneer refund?
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When Pamela Mazerski finds out that she needs surgery and can’t travel to Madrid, she asks her online travel agency for an airline ticket refund. She says the company negotiated a refund on her behalf, but now refuses to pass the money along. So where’s her AirTkt refund?
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Airport screenings are different after the pandemic. But not as different as Gene SirLouis expected. And he’d flown several times since the covid-19 outbreak.
There were “no health questions, no thermal scans — nothing,” says SirLouis, a manufacturer’s representative from Washington, D.C.
That, at least, was the case until he landed in Austin recently. There, passengers whose final destination was in Texas had to fill out a form for self-quarantining, he recalls. The rest were free to go.
“The TSA also asked to see the inside of my mask,” he says. “That was a first.”
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