When Irena Shie knows when to check out of her hotel. It’s a hygiene thing, she says.
“If the room is dirty, I call the front desk and request a cancellation,” says Shie, a software developer from Glen Mills, Pa.
When Nancy Usich leaves ahead of schedule, it’s because she is uncomfortable. She says she and her husband recently checked out of a bed-and-breakfast in Gettysburg, Pa., because their room had a soft and lumpy mattress.
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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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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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If you’re thinking of traveling during the second wave of the coronavirus outbreak, you might be wondering: Is there a list of the safest hotels during the COVID-19 crisis?
There is. The Safe Travel Barometer, a startup that ranks travel companies based on their cleaning and sanitation practices, shared the list exclusively with me. It’s a handy guide for anyone interested in staying somewhere that takes safety seriously.
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