As we emerge from an incredibly tough year, which included countless canceled and postponed weddings and honeymoons, travel is finally back, and couples are itching to take those once in a lifetime honeymoons. Sydney Patterson, of Sydney Patterson Travel, and Kimberlee Evans, a Luxury Travel Advisor and Travel Designer with An Extraordinary Traveler, offer their best tips for navigating travel post-pandemic:
- Check your passport. You must have at least six months of validity left on your passport after your scheduled return. The Department of State strongly recommends that you renew your passport with nine months left. Have at least two sets of side-by-side blank pages available. Brides should not change their names on passports until after the honeymoon to simplify things.
- Do your research. Every destination is different, make sure to check with your travel advisor or the destination’s travel and tourism website to familiarize yourself with COVID-19 requirements.
- Don’t wait to start planning. The demand to travel is high and rates are increasing. Availability is starting to become limited at top hotels.
- Take precautions. Pack an extra change of clothes and toiletries in your carry-on in case your bag is lost. “Expect some hiccups and make the best of them,” Evans says. “After all, we can’t control everything and more often than not, the hiccups make the best stories.”
- Get Tested. Anywhere you travel outside of the U.S. requires a COVID-19 test before boarding the flight home. Consult your travel agent on where to get tested abroad.
- Enjoy every moment! Keep a day or two open in your itinerary to explore. These will be some of your favorite memories. Take breaks, try different foods, do the helicopter tour (even if you’re afraid of heights!). “The hospitality industry has been hit very hard over the last year, so book those long awaited trips and honeymoons, support the economy and start making memories again,” Patterson says.