How to plan a spring break trip during a pandemic

Lee Weikert and her husband want to plan a spring break trip during a pandemic. They’d like to visit Phoenix in March for Cactus League spring training. But like many Americans, they are afraid the virus will throw them a curveball.

Instead of flying, the Weikerts intend to make the 12-hour drive from Diamond Springs in northern California. They hope to be vaccinated beforehand. And they most definitely will have a Plan B.
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This is how to take a long vacation (and survive)

Are you ready for a long vacation? Jeffrey Blaustein and his wife, Marilyn, are.

Their next getaway is a five-week road trip from Amherst, Mass., to St. George Island off Florida’s Panhandle. That’s half an eternity compared with the average number of vacation days — nine per year — that Americans use for travel, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Travel Association.
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How to solve any travel problem now

If you’re reading this, then something has probably gone wrong with your trip. Maybe your airline canceled your flight or your hotel lost your reservation. It’s happening a lot during the pandemic. And you need to know how to solve your travel problem.

I’m here to help. I write the nationally syndicated Travel Troubleshooter column, and over more than two decades of consumer advocacy, I’ve helped resolve tens of thousands of trips that went wrong. (By the way, I also pen a column called Problem Solved, which helps all other consumer complaints.)
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Here are the most common travel problems — and solutions

I’ve spent my entire career helping people avoid travel trouble. As the Washington Post’s Navigator columnist, I know where the land mines are buried.

Here are the most common travel problems — and solutions:

  • I’ll show you how to get a refund for an airline ticket.
  • I’ll help you book the best room at any hotel. If you can’t, I can help you get an upgrade at no extra expense.
  • I’ll make sure you avoid the worst car rental problem ever: a bogus damage bill.

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This is what travelers should expect in 2021

What should travelers expect in 2021? More uncertainty.

And I can say that with a lot of certainty.

No one knows when the vaccines will be fully distributed or the coronavirus pandemic will end. No one knows when authorities will lift travel bans. And while you can plan all the trips you want now, no one knows if or when you’ll actually be able to take them.

It’s all up in the air.
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