Summer has begun, and many people are hoping for better days after the lockdown in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With more persons vaccinated and the opening up of businesses and resorts with health and safety precautions in place, it’s time to make that dream trip or vacation a reality. A word of advice, delay travel until you are fully vaccinated. If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, follow CDC’s recommendations for unvaccinated people. People who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine or a vaccine authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization can travel safely within the United States. CDC will update these recommendations as more people are vaccinated, as rates of COVID-19 change, and as additional scientific evidence becomes available. This guidance applies to travel within the United States and U.S. territories. Here are a few tips on how you can accomplish your travel goals for summer 2021:
Focus on the benefits of travel. Travel makes people happier, healthier, and more productive. Trips add to the person’s lifestyle and help improve work-life balance.
Imagine yourself there. Write down your travel goals and be specific. Don’t just say you want to travel more. Write down where you want to go, when, and what activities you’d like to do when you get there. Play out the fantasy of that fabulous vacation in your head. If you can visualize yourself having fun in that location, you are more likely to make it there.
Do your research. Gather information about your dream vacation. Please find out how much it costs to stay at a quality hotel/resort and prepare your budget. Find out what special activities and events will be taking place when you plan to visit.
Start a vacation fund. Save for this fantastic vacation now so you’ll have money on hand when you see incredible travel deals. The best travel deals are time-limited, so if you’re not financially prepared when the values appear, then you will miss out. Save money continuously so you’ll be able to take advantage of those 2-for- the- price- of- 1 cruise deals and other great offers that are available this time of year.
Get an accountability partner. Tell at least one other person about your travel plans so you’ll have someone who’ll remind you, “You, said this is the year you would definitely take a great vacation. What happened?” Even better, find an accountability partner with similar travel goals so they will have a vested interest in getting you to travel.