Magical Travel Specialists understand the excitement and anticipation that comes with planning a trip. Keep in mind that there are some things you can do to make your vacation more enjoyable. Be prepared and have a plan, but most of all enjoy your vacation! Here are a few tips to help you be prepared for your spring break travel and frankly these tips are great for traveling anytime of year.
Purchase Travel Insurance
It’s always a good idea to purchase travel insurance when you book your vacation. Be sure to purchase insurance that will cover costs while traveling, like delayed or cancelled flights, medical attention or having to cut your vacation short. Travel insurance will cover your vacation if you cancel for a death or sickness of a close family member or a person in your traveling party. You can’t cancel for any reason unless your insurance specifically states “cancel for any reason”. It’s worth the peace of mind when you travel during spring break.
Make a list of everything you need to bring and pack accordingly. Remember to bring sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, and other essential items if you’re heading to a sunny destination. Bring comfortable shoes and make sure to pack enough medication for your entire vacation.
Check your Destination Weather
It’s not always sunny and dry during the spring months. You need to pack accordingly or you may end up cold and soggy during your vacation. Bring clothes that you can layer and extra pairs of shoes. Bring a few items for the rain like an umbrella and a poncho.
Arrive Early at the Airport
Don’t cut it close or you could miss your flight. You just never know how traffic will be getting to the airport or what the lines might be like going through security. Your airline could change your departure gate which could be clear across the airport. Why worry if you don’t have to, give yourself plenty of time to get to where you are going. Airports are always extremely busy during spring break.
Check your Destination COVID-19 Restrictions
Restrictions have been lifted in many places. But, if you are traveling to Europe then you need to know what the protocols are for the arriving airport and your vacation destination. Do you need to provide a negative COVID test upon arrival? Do the restaurants and taxies require a mask and/or do you have to show a vaccination card or health pass? Even if protocols are relaxed you still need to keep yourself healthy and save during your spring break vacation.
Keep your Travel Documents Handy
Print out all of your reservation confirmations, travel details and directions. A 9 x 7″ plastic or vinyl envelope works well and isn’t too large to throw in your carry-on bag. Don’t pack them in your suitcase. Many people like to just keep reservation details on their phone or take screenshots. It’s not a bad idea to have back-ups, but phones do lose power or if you can’t access your email you will be without important information.
Be Savvy and Careful
Vacation time is not the time to let your guard down when it comes to safety. Make sure you send a trusted person your vacation itinerary and a way for them to get in touch with you in case of an emergency at home. Don’t pack valuables in your checked luggage or flash expensive jewelry or large sums of cash. Don’t give your credit card information to anyone who calls your hotel phone. Go to the front desk if someone calls and needs payment information. Be mindful of your surroundings, stay in well lit areas at night. Crowded destination means more crime during spring break season so be vigilant.