As the holiday season approaches, many people are asking themselves the same question: is it safe to travel to celebrate the holidays this year? If you are weighing the pros and cons of traveling during the pandemic, we have put together a list of tips for holiday travel safety in 2020.
The holidays are a magical time of year and even in the face of the current worldwide pandemic, if your heart is set on having a tropical Christmas rather than a white Christmas, there are some precautions you can take to make traveling safer for you and your family.
Holiday Travel Safety
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you wear a mask that fully covers your nose and mouth, wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer, practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from people who do not live in your household, and watch for signs of fever.
Those that are especially vulnerable to the Covid-19 illness including the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions, are advised to stay at home.
If you choose to travel for the holidays, it is important that you follow the rules, stay cautious, exercise common sense, and avoid large gatherings to ensure your holiday travel safety. Below is a list of some additional safety measures that you can take.
Reduce the Risks
- Minimize contact with strangers
- Be observant of what is happening around you
- Avoid close encounters in elevators or other enclosed spaces. If you see the elevator is full, wait for the next one.
- Avoid big events or large gatherings and restrict the size of your own gatherings
- Stay at a resort that is spacious enough to allow you to keep your distance
- Check your resort´s health & sanitization guidelines
- Limit your travel to one destination only to avoid the risk of further exposure
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Avoid close contact gestures such as hugs and handshakes
- Limit contact with high touch surfaces
Before booking your air travel, make sure you research your preferred airline´s cancelation policies. Ideally you will want to choose an airline that offers flexible cancelation and will waive any change fees in case of a positive diagnosis before your trip or in case of any other unforeseen circumstance. United Airlines is allowing changes on Basic Economy fares without any penalty for travel up until December 31st. Buy travel insurance before your trip just to be on the safe side.
Most airlines have been blocking the middle seats since the pandemic hit, for some airlines this practice will end in December. Delta Air Lines is the only airline among the four largest carriers in the United States that remains committed to leaving its middle seats open during the holidays up until January 6th, 2021.
In the airport and on the plane, you will be required to wear a face mask at all times except when eating or drinking. You are also advised to use sanitizing wipes to clean any areas around your seat before touching them. Another level of protection while flying is to wear a face shield.
Also check whether your state will require returning residents to self-quarantine upon returning home. Some states require residents to self-quarantine for 14 days. In other states travelers can avoid the 14-day quarantine by providing proof of a negative Covid-19 test result taken within three days of arrival. Keep a close eye on the quarantine restrictions in the state you live in as they vary from state to state and are constantly evolving.
Choosing Your Resort
Before you book your resort, also be sure to check what the cancelation policy is and if they will allow you to change your dates without a penalty. Cancelation policies often vary depending on the type of offer you booked with. Often the lowest priced deals have a strict no cancelation policy. Given the current situation, it is advisable to make sure that you book a deal that has flexible cancelation with advance notice and allows changes to your reservation dates without a penalty.
Villa del Palmar Cancun Luxury Beach Resort & Spa is the perfect luxury resort to spend the Christmas holidays. The resort is spacious and spread out with several room categories ranging in size from the Deluxe Studio to the three-bedroom Imperial Master Suite and social distancing is encouraged around the pools, at the restaurants, and in elevators. To read a full list of the health and safety protocols click here.
If you are wondering how you can celebrate the winter holidays if there is no snow, you will still find plenty of holiday magic at Villa del Palmar Cancun with decorated Christmas trees and other special surprises while enjoying an average 86 degree temperature, breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea, lush tropical surroundings and activities that are fun for the whole family.
Regardless of where you choose to spend Christmas, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season!