Our 2021 Travel Planning Guide
As travel resumes, it’s time to start planning those much-needed getaways we all know and love. If you’re planning your postponed vacation for 2021 travel, there’s a lot more to think about than in the past. Whether it’s a Cancun vacation or a Jamaica getaway, arranging a vacation is more complicated than ever. And so the key to a stress-free trip is all about preparation. From making sure your passport is valid to researching the destinations open to American travelers, here are our top tips on planning a vacation this year—straight from our experts.
Choose a destination already open to Americans
If you’re not exactly the gambling type, selecting a vacation spot that’s currently open to American travelers will save you the stress of wondering if you’re chosen destination will actually open in time. You can still plan a late 2021 (and even 2022) vacation to Europe and beyond. But there are so many great places already open to ease any worries. From several Caribbean and Mexican favorites to dream destinations like the Maldives islands in the Indian Ocean, there’s plenty to pick from to satisfy families, couples, and even groups.
Know when your travel credit expires
Whether it’s from a cruise line, an airline, or anywhere else, if you have future travel credit from a 2020 cancelled trip it’s important to know the expiration date. Some travel credits were initially good for use within one year (from booking or departure date). However, a variety of companies have extended their waivers. This means your specific credit may expire fairly soon—or it may be good until 2022. To verify your expiry date, contact your transportation company or ask your Liberty Travel consultant to help.
Stay updated on guidelines and restrictions
In the rapidly changing landscape, knowing the current guidelines and restrictions is essential. To best provide you with the knowledge you need, we’ve gathered a number of important resources to help you plan your perfect trip within our new Traveler Resources Hub. From airport regulations to resort and hotel health enhancements, you’ll find a wealth of information in one place. Also visit the COVID-19 Travel Map, which is searchable by destination to discover up-to-date travel restrictions, such as border closures, social distancing rules, status of transportation services. In addition, you can also get daily updates on worldwide airline policies, immigration and border regulations, and international travel alerts.
Think about using travel insurance
We always recommend the purchase of travel insurance, regardless of the circumstance or destination. You never know what situations might arise, so it’s a good idea to be protected just in case. Trip delays, interruptions, or even cancellations can cause unexpected headaches and expenses. But travel insurance can help make sure you are protected for adjustments you need to overcome these situations. Some plans contain cancellation benefits and if you have a covered reason you can be reimbursed for pre-paid non-refundable expenses, like a medical emergency or loss of employment before your trip even begins. This can especially be important when traveling in 2021.
Ensure your documents are still valid
The key to a stress-free 2021 trip is all about preparation. From making sure your passport is valid and confirming your itinerary to bringing necessities like a phone charger and umbrella (just in case), we’ve created these travel checklists for planning and packing. It’s also critical to remember that some destinations require COVID-19 testing, health screenings, and/or temperature checks prior to your departure flight, upon arrival, and/or throughout your stay. Read our ultimate travel checklists to get prepared on what to bring and what needs to be done before your trip.
Rely on an expert
Travel consultants are trip guides, connecting you to the world through recommendations. From destinations and all-in-one resorts, to the more specific restaurants, sightseeing options, complete vacation packages, and even trendy hotspots, a travel consultant does it all. As the world reopens for travel, it can be difficult to keep up with which areas and countries are accepting visitors, let alone the complications regarding local restrictions, travel regulations, and finding places to stay with increased safety standards. It’s enough to make you want to stay home even after months of wanting to get out! Instead of getting frustrated, let our travel consultants do all of the legwork for you. We can help you navigate all of the rules and solve any problems you come across either before or during your vacation.
Now that you know all of the big tips, it’s time to plan a vacation to look forward to. Start by contacting one of our expert consultants to transform your dream getaway into reality.
Please note: Travel requirements and health standards are continually changing. This includes a new CDC rule that requires all travelers returning to the United States to have a negative COVID-19 virus test. Visit our Traveler Resources Hub for up-to-date information and learn more about the entry rules of your specific destination and to plan your next vacation.