The Benefits of Using a Travel Advisor During Covid

Updated: Oct 19, 2021

If you’re one of those people who can’t wait to get away but has yet to step foot on a plane to travel since the onset of Covid-19, you’re not alone. You’re also probably not aware of the “new normal” of traveling during the time of Covid. The good news is that while it’s true Covid has changed the landscape of travel, it hasn’t changed the fact that it remains very fulfilling.

Without sounding like an advertisement for my profession, I can tell you that engaging the use of a travel advisor can make all the difference as you embark on your vacation amidst Covid. The reasons are many, but when it comes to what you need to know before you go, the first is critical, namely “Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet.”

So, what does that mean exactly?

It means that choosing a destination to visit today can be more time-consuming and precarious. And, when all your independent research and googling is said and done, you might have answers, but will you be confident they are the right ones?

Engaging a travel advisor to plot and plan your next trip can be crucial to ensuring it goes off without a hitch. I can tell you from personal experience that I was recently on a flight headed to a glorious Caribbean destination only to overhear passengers behind me recount how they were supposed to travel yesterday but got to the airport and were turned away when they did not have all the required paperwork.

The result? An entire paid vacation day lost because no one was there to assist them in planning and ensuring their precious time away as a family was uninterrupted.

Hey, no one is asking you to be an expert in all things, which is why in today’s day and age, we rely heavily on consultants to help us navigate the decisions that count. Would you cut your own hair? Unlikely. Would you fix your own car when it broke down? I’m willing to guess most wouldn’t.

So when you’re plopping down, in some cases, a major sum of money to take a much-needed getaway, why would you risk not consulting a travel professional to guarantee you have all you need?

Allow me to set a hypothetical stage to further my point.

You’ve chosen Antigua for your romantic getaway. You’ve googled and swiped through dozens of pictures of the resort you’ve chosen, you’ve spent hours upon hours reading reviews on Trip Advisor and you’ve researched what you believe to be the correct information about what is required to travel to Antigua. In this case, we will say that on the day you did your research the requirement to travel to Antigua was a PCR Covid test taken three days prior to travel.

You’re armed with your online booking, your covid test and you’re headed to the airport just a few short weeks later.

Here’s where things take a turn. You’re at the airport, only to be turned away and told the rules for travel to Antigua changed last week and the island now requires that visitors be fully vaccinated AND have a PCR test 3 days prior, as well as insurance purchased through the island.

It can happen to anyone … and it does more often than you realize in the new age of Covid travel.

If you’re anything like me, you’re so busy working all day that you assumed your research was done and all your ducks were properly in a row. You never thought to check back and see if the regulations had been updated and there was no one advocating on your behalf to alert you to it.

I don’t have to tell you how that anecdote ends but it isn’t pretty, nor does it seem fair. But, unfortunately, staying informed of the rules and regulations of Covid travel are necessary if you want to have a seamless vacation.

Next to social distancing, mask-wearing and the unique Covid rules and regulations of destinations is the topic of insurance. Stay tuned for my next blog on why travel insurance isn’t exactly optional anymore!

by Kerry Tice

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