When we were told to “stay in place” back in March, we were told it would only be for two weeks. Most travel stopped. Cruise ships were given a “no-sail” order. Many resorts shut down. Many hotels shut down. Airlines, however, where you are in closer contact with others, has continued.

But now that resorts are opening up and cruises look like they will be starting up again (a year later), should you plan your vacation now?

Consider the following:

  1. Will you be willing to follow the current rules and any rules put in place between now and then? This could mean either more or less restrictions? Are you willing to live with either of those for your vacation?
  2. Many, including the travel industry, are trying to make the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for travel. Are you willing to get the vaccine just to travel, including the vaccine updates?
  3. Are you paying a non-refundable deductible or a refundable one? Even if you can postpone your trip for later, travel regulations may or may not change (either less or more restrictive) by the time you must use your credit. Are you willing to lose your deductible? or the entire cost of your booked trip?
  4. When will cruising start? When will resorts open up? Will vacation time you have scheduled end up with you sitting at home because your cruise or resort stay has been cancelled due to local or national restrictions?

We planned to have a cruise vacation for our 40th anniversary this year. That obviously isn’t happening. So, we decided to rent a house on the beach for the family. We had a great time just relaxing and being together. I got to sit out on the balcony and watch the water lap up onto the beach. Those who enjoy splashing around at the beach got to do that.

There are other options. We can help you find them if you want.