As the pandemic wears on, here’s something driving travelers a little nuts: How can you tell if your airline seat, hotel room or rental car is clean? Is there any way to know, objectively, if you’re having a clean travel experience?
That’s what Chip Bell wanted to know when he checked into a Hilton hotel in Midtown Manhattan recently. Everything looked clean.
But was it?
“The valet was wearing a face mask and gloves,” he says. “The front desk had a large dispenser of hand sanitizer accessible to guests. The front desk person, behind protective plexiglass, told me there would be a seal on my guest room door certifying it had been cleaned.”
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So where are you headed in 2021? If you need a few expert ideas on the best places to travel next year, here’s a guide that’ll help.
Ovation Travel Group’s agents have compiled an exclusive list of the top leisure destinations based on advance sales and client aspirations. (Seems like 2020 was a lost year for travel.) If anything, the pandemic has made Ovation’s customers more ambitious than ever. Of the top 21 destinations for 2021, only seven are in the U.S.
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Fly, drive or take the train? That’s the second wave travel problem Nick Kamboj recently had to solve. He needed to travel from Chicago to Los Angeles every two weeks to visit his daughter, and he wanted to do it safely.
“I immediately evaluated every mode of transportation,” says Kamboj, the CEO of Aston & James, college admissions consulting company based in Chicago. “I wanted to ensure that I got to LA safely and returned without any issue.”
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So much is missing from travel, it’s hard to know where to start.
Consider what was absent from Andrew Selepak’s recent family vacation in St. Augustine, Fla.
When the Selepaks checked into their hotel, they weren’t greeted by an employee with a warm smile. Instead, a masked worker behind a thick plastic shield issued them a sanitized key card. The remote controls in their rooms were covered in plastic.
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Is there a surefire way to protect your next vacation? Travelers like Dean Kato want to know.
He’s optimistic about his 2021 vacation. Kato is planning a Danube river cruise through Germany, Austria and Hungary in August. But he’s also realistic — and thinking of new ways to protect a potentially risky adventure.
“I guess a river cruise will be safe by then,” says Kato, a business consultant from Kirkland, Wash., “as long as there’s a vaccine.”
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