Covid-19 … if you’re a travel professional, it’s wreaking havoc on your business and your clients’ travel plans. If you love to travel, it leaves you wondering whether you should cancel all or parts of your itinerary or reschedule because you MUST change your plans.
Whatever you decide to do, being informed will ease your fears and help you make the best decision for you and whoever you travel with.
First: Be safe. Follow all the medical advice and determine whether you are willing to take the risk to travel. The CDC has pages of information and updates its site often.
Second: Whether you book through a travel agent or on your own, check to see if flights, cruises, hotels, and other providers are canceling trips, offering no-cost changes or even closing. Your travel professional can really be worth her (or his) weight in gold in times like this.
Third: Don’t give up on your wanderlust! Use this time to look into all the places you’re dreaming of going. Plan some itineraries. Give yourself a reason to look forward to the end of this crisis and start socking away some travel spending cash. Travel within your own backyard … take a weekend road trip or check out a local art show or festival.
Travel to places online. Watch travel shows on TV or the internet. Dream. Add to your bucket list.
Whatever you do, don’t panic.
After all, there’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored. It will still be there when all this crisis passes.