Vacation Travel and Covid: Here’s What to Expect
“It won’t be long lasting,” Mr. Orlando said. “I think once the rest of the world opens up, these planes will take over the old high-demand routes, but for now it’s a wonderful opportunity.”
Be prepared to adapt.
Ariel Vinson, 31, a digital content manager for a consumer staples company in San Diego, traveled to Alaska in early October. It was her second trip there this year and she is considering moving there.
But her trip was extended when she had Covid-19 for a week. She ended up having to stay an extra week, before returning home on October 24.
“It was a wake-up call for me,” she said. “I don’t think this will stop me from traveling, but I think it will make me think about my behaviors while traveling,” such as hiding outside or being more careful when interacting with strangers, which she had become more comfortable with since being vaccinated this spring.
Sandra Torres, 32, who manages suppliers for a biotech startup in the Chicago area, said the two times she had flown this year, “the flights themselves have been changed several times.” . An upcoming trip in November to Hawaii, booked in the spring, was changed a month later, with a stage finally canceled. She had to change reservations with another airline. A planned anniversary trip to Tokyo in February 2022 was recently canceled by the airline.
“It makes it harder to plan things,” Ms. Torres said. “I learned to be more flexible, to be more open. Even if you book things in advance, you may still need to change them.
She added that she had learned to “have more cushion, both financially and just around logistics and departure times.”