We’re not big on getting travel insurance. In general, we don’t even sign up for those flight cancellation reimbursements that pop up during the online booking process. But these days, temporary travel insurance might just be the thing to make you feel more secure about going abroad. Most of the major companies who provide this service are actually quite inexpensive when you consider what you get for the money. They offer all kinds of insurance against things that can happen while you’re traveling and usually include the nasty cost of a so-called “quarantine hotel” should you test positive for Covid in a country that has the power to force you into one of these places.
The cost of them ranges from around $2000 per person for the whole of the quarantine. That cost would be paid 100% by most insurance companies. Granted, there aren’t many countries still forcing travelers into a quarantine hotel. Instead, you’re usually just asked to self-isolate in your hotel or Airbnb. This too can become expensive though if your health situation causes you to extend your stay because you can’t return to the US.
So, these are the things to think about when considering travel insurance, and to make things a bit easier our friends at Money.com have curated a list of companies that has been thoroughly researched by their money experts. Here is the link.
As things continue to evolve and change around the world, we thought it might be a good time for a COVID update in regard to our wonderful “Clued In” destinations. Europe is open and welcoming to travelers as long as they know what’s up and are prepared. For those who are planning a trip abroad, here are some current tips and reminders:
–France now requires visitors to show proof of a booster shot taken at least two weeks before your arrival there.
–Italy still allows visitors to present a physical CDC vaccination card in lieu of their official QR code, but now also requires N95 masks to enter venues and restaurants. (Those soft cloth masks are evidently no good anymore even though they seemed to have worked for us because we are still Covid-free to this day.)
–The UK and Spain both continue to allow travel from the US with the physical CDC vaccination card.
Also, we are delighted to announce our February updates to all ten of our “City Extras” pages through the menu bar above. These include such delights as chartering a private yacht with a captain in Miami Beach, a fabulous craft beer festival in San Francisco, and Elton John’s final concert tour in NYC.
You might not think so right now, but travel will be returning in a big way and those who plan for it now will reap the benefits. As the pandemic fades, try to be one of the first to make a trip to Europe and enjoy it in a blissfully uncrowded way. Try making a detailed yet fluid itinerary without precise dates. Pencil in the days of the week only, noting which of your preferred sights are closed on Sundays or Mondays, etc. This will give you a basic framework on which to build your dream journey.
The more you can plan beforehand, the better it will be. At Clued In Travel Books we are big believers in having reservations at the restaurants we most desire rather than settling for our second or third choices. Dinner reservations are especially likely to fill up if not made in advance. As for the best sights, well, these must be booked ahead (due to the requirements of contactless service.) And with absolutely everyone now booking ahead, these too are more likely to sell out.
Travelers visiting our particular website probably understand this so we won’t beat a dead horse. If you are the type of traveler who likes to go somewhere with no plans or reservations in order to just see where fate takes you, we say, “Good luck and bless your heart.”
So, grab one of our travel books and peruse through it to the end. You’ll be shocked at how a city you knew nothing about is suddenly as familiar as can be. It’s almost magical. Happy travels, Dean & Andie