When her business was hit hard by the pandemic, travel advisor Lisa Taub worked tirelessly to help her clients. A passionate world explorer and owner of True Direction Travel, Lisa secured refunds for cancelled plans (not just vouchers) and she trained extensively on safe-travel protocols. Now as vaccines roll out, travel is back, and Lisa is ready. Her keen understanding of a client’s unique needs is uncanny—she knows exactly which cool family adventure will connect kids to culture or what hidden-gem island will create a sublime honeymoon.
Her superpower is customization. “The perfect vacation is different for everyone,” Lisa says. She gives each client a tailor-made travel experience. Whether it’s the trip of a lifetime or a yearly family tradition, travel should be a personal memory to cherish. True Direction Travel will make sure that it is.
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Know the COVID-19 test requirements and quarantine mandates for your destination— every place is different. You don’t want to spend your trip in a hotel room instead of on a beach. Check before you go to see what restaurants, sights and activities are open.
Things are not back to normal so adjust your expectations. Hotels have fewer housekeeping services, restaurants have reduced capacity and you may have to adapt to unforeseen changes. Pack your sunscreen and your sense of humor. Keep smiling.
HIT THE ROAD
Consider a great American road trip. Flying with masks (and anxiety) is not for everyone. Pack up the car, pick some grand hotels and map out a drive. Splurge on a bigger rental car, bring golf clubs, tennis rackets and drive off in style.
READ THE FINE PRINT
Know your cancellation policies for flights and hotels. Make sure you know how many days in advance you can cancel without losing your deposit. Don’t assume anything. Many properties have modified their rules in the age of COVID-19. Check and double check.
Today’s unusual and unstable travel climate has given trip insurance a new allure. If you’ve never considered it, think again. It may be more important than ever before and can offer you a peace of mind no matter what happens or changes.
If you’ve put travel plans on hold for a year, you may try to squeeze too much into your first post-pandemic trip. Lisa cautions to do the opposite, “Slow is better. Give yourself time to relax, explore the culture and savor the change of scenery.”