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Spring Vacation Travel Tips

As the weather gets nicer or if you are considering traveling immediately for Spring or the Easter holiday here are some items you may want to take into consideration that come directly from the CDC:

“Travel increases your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. Delay travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, even if you are vaccinated.

If you must travel, take steps to protect yourself and others:

  • If you are eligible, get fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
  • Before you travel, get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public.
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who did not travel with you.
  • Get tested 3-5 days after your trip and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative. If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.”

The CDC has more extensive suggestions on their website. You might also consider other items like:

Double check what is open at your destination–you don’t want to end up like the Griswolds, getting all the way to WallyWorld just to find out they are closed. Additionally, you may want to call or check the website of any major destinations to make sure you are able to comply with any new rules they may have. Also, some destinations may only be partially open; meaning that they may have reduced capacity and limited or restricted activities.

What is your backup plan if someone does get sick? Covid-19 aside, it isn’t a bad idea to know what you would do if someone got ill while you are away. You may want to have a quick conversation with your health insurance provider about out of state care.

Safe Travels!

 

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Holiday Travel Tips for the Pandemic

This year holiday season travel is going to be very different. Some will stay home instead of visiting far flung relatives. But for those choosing to travel here are some tips.

Expect the unexpected. While this is probably good advice for travel in general it is more important than ever to be ready for changes in your plans. Pandemic updates come daily. Expect shifting quarantine rules. Expect canceled or delayed flights.

Choose an airline who have flexible booking policies. Many airlines have adjusted their policies to allow no-fee ticket changes, but double check! Free changes could be limited in number. Certain types of tickets may not have special privileges. You may also owe the difference if you change to a more expensive flight. Again, check before booking!

Also, “free change” doesn’t mean you’ll get a refund if you cancel. Some airlines are offering vouchers for canceled flights but many are not going to simply hand you back your cash.

Don’t choose a high-risk itinerary. While normal holiday travel is rife with delayed and canceled flights, this year could be much worse. Try to leave earlier in the day before delays get a chance to build up. Try to get longer connection times between flights. Choose small airports for connections and if you can those with a lesser chance of crazy weather.

Choose itineraries with longer connection times.

Select smaller (and less crowded) connection airports and, if possible, those with less risk of severe winter weather.

Know the quarantine rules for your destination. If you need to get tested before you leave, make sure to get that done in plenty of time.

Lastly, if you want to fly trouble-free it is highly suggested you follow all safety protocols required by airlines including wearing a mask.

 

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Travel Virtually to a New Point of View

Whether or not you are a travel junkie most of us have been, more or less, stuck at home during the pandemic. It is then no surprise that many of us may feel the need for a new point of view, literally. Traveling to achieve this may still not be possible, however one website is offering the chance virtually.

WindowSwap provides these different points of view by offering, 10 minutes at a time, streaming views or photos, from different users’ windows all around the world. You can even submit your own through their website. The view switches automatically every 10 minutes or you can choose to move on yourself at any time.

While perhaps not exciting to some viewed just on their laptop or phone, plenty of devices provide options to where one could stream these to you flat-screen TV. For those who have a dual monitor setup or using something like Firefox’s browser based Picture-In-Picture option WindowSwap can make for a calming view while you work and provide unique background noise instead of listening to the same old Spotify playlist, traffic or HVAC system you are used to.

While writing this I’ve visited Tokyo, Japan; Bangkok, Thailand; Wales, U.K. and Glasgow Scotland.

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When Healthcare and Hospitality Collaborate On a New Kind of Hotel

If you need to travel to Florida for some reason and this new hotel is convenient to your business, you might consider a new one that has opened. Hotel ELEO, which is located on the Univ. of Florida campus (Gainesville). With standard luxury accommodations like plush bedding, free Wi-Fi, and large screen HDTW. Along with all this the ELEO offers something else other hotels might not be able to offer—a higher level of trust when it comes to accommodations that keep guests safe from Covid-19.

The ELEO Hotel is run and owned by UF Health Shands who is a private, but not-for-profit hospital system that is part of Univ. of Florida Health. This is the Southeast’s most complete academic health center. Even though the main mission of the hotel is to serve patients and their families, the ELEO is opening to the public.

So, why is the ELEO Hotel a better bet than your standard hotel when it comes to Covid-19 safety? The relationship with Health Shands. Long before the pandemic, Health Shands and the ELEO Hotel developed a hospital-grade method of cleaning but applied to hotels.

Key members of the operation staff of the hotel have had extensive training at UF Health which they pass down to the staff.

Things like being mindful “high-touch” areas and not cross contaminating rooms are part of the special considerations the hotel staff, especially cleaning staff, are taught.

Rooms are sealed after they are cleaned and only the next guest will enter the room after it has been cleaned and sealed. Basic items like coffee mugs, pens, paper and other sundries will not be stored in the room. Of course basics like sanitizing stations, face mask requests, and touch technology options are all available as well.

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Mallocra Island Resort Test Opening with New Covid-19 Precautions

Riu Concordia, a hotel chain on Spanish holiday island Mallorca, has been chosen to greet some of the 11k German tourists heading to the island as part of a pilot program to test Covid-19 precautions at hotels.

RIU Hotels have invested in many new protocols in the hopes of opening back up along with the rest of Spain’s economy.

The lobby will employ thermal camera scans of guests as the walk-in to catch guests who may have a fever. If a guest signals the system, the hotel receives a discrete alert.

At meals cutlery is safety sealed and guests are asked by numerous signage to remain two meters apart. Like much retail in the U.S. the hotel is also using directional arrows to control the flow of foot traffic. The attendants offer guests numerous opportunities for hand sanitizer use.

Guests will notice that cleaning staff are numerous and working around the clock to disinfect common areas.
Some guests will enjoy that limitations on the number of guests allowed at the pool or the beach. Unfortunately, the bars and clubs will be closed until further notice.

Riu Concordia, like Las Vegas, is one vacation destination experimenting with guest willing to leave home on how to safely offer vacation services to the willing.