March 8th, 2020 Last Updated on: March 8th, 2020
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Information about Pow Wow travel is changing daily. Check back often for the latest updates.
Traveling during this virus outbreak is a personal decision for your family. One you need to consider carefully. If you have people in your family that may be susceptible to the virus, you may want to change or cancel any travel.
However, if you decide to travel you may be able to find great discounts and deals. In addition, some tourist areas may be less crowded than usual.
My family has several trips planned in the next couple of months including a cruise in 5 days and a trip to Hawaii in 3 weeks.
Below are my tips for you, should you decide to travel.
I don't always opt for travel insurance, but not is the time to consider it. Some companies offer annual plans for you and your family. Be sure to check the policy to know what it does and does not cover. Look for upgrades to include “Cancel For Any Reason” (CFAR). This will allow you to cancel regardless of the situation.
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) March 4, 2020
Check Cancellation Policy On Hotels, Rental Cars, and Flights
When booking your travel plans many companies offer special rates for tickets and rooms that have restricted refund and cancellation policies. Now is the time to pay a little extra to have the flexibility to change your travel plans.
Read all the details and fine print when making booking any travel.
You may also want to reach out to a travel professional for help with larger trips.
I'll put in a plug for my wife here – Kelli Gowder. She is a travel planner and can help you navigate these concerns.
Check Travel Advisories
Be sure to check with the CDC and State Department about travel restrictions before you leave home.
Pack More Than Usual
Take more than you think you need – pack some extra clothes and medicine.
Consider taking a couple of books, board games, snacks to keep your family entertained.
You may experience delays, cancellations, or even quarantine. Be prepared for this by taking a little extra!
Wash Your Hand
Wash your hands often – with warm soapy water. When you can't use water, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid shaking hands, touching doorknobs, and hand rails.
Wipe Down Surfaces
Pack some sanitizing wipes and clean areas you visit.
Think about the most common things you touch, and clean those when you enter a new area.
When you board the plan, wipe down the tray table, armrests, and seat cushions.
When you enter a hotel room, wipe down the TV remote, phone, tables, etc.
Are you traveling this spring?
Have you changed your plans because of the virus?
Let me know, I'd love to hear how your family is dealing with this uncertainty.
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