Top Tips for Booking a Holiday Safely in 2021
Whether you want to sleep under the stars in the Highlands or jet off for some sunshine, the best way to book with confidence is to research and plan your holiday in advance.
Before booking any holiday, always check the local restrictions in the place you want to visit. Researching in advance means no unpleasant surprises when you arrive and it gives you the chance to decide if you are comfortable with the restrictions. For example, some countries require you to wear a mask even when you are outdoors. Most countries have a dedicated Covid- 19 page on their tourist website with all the information you need.
Look for Flexible Policies
The only thing worse than having your holiday cancelled is losing out on the money you have spent on it. Luckily, COVID-19 has urged airlines and hotels to be more flexible. Some companies will offer you to a full refund, even if you have to cancel at the last minute, while others let you rearrange for another time. Knowing you can get your money back gives your more confidence when booking.
Research Cleanliness and Safety Ratings
Hygiene and cleanliness have always been important when travelling, but during the pandemic, cleanliness is a top priority. Knowing that your hotel room has been deep cleaned before you arrive can help you to relax and enjoy your holiday. Most airlines and hotels list their detailed COVID-19 precautions on their official websites so you can check in advance.
Check the Airline’s Covid Ratings
If your holiday requires you to use an airline, then you can check the airlines Covid-19 safety rating on websites such as AirlineRatings.com. Each airline is scored out of five based on how many of the following health and safety measures they follow:
- Mandatory face coverings
- Plane deep-cleaned daily
- Flight crew wearing PPE
- Passenger sanitation packs provided
- Changes to the food service
Check your Travel Insurance
If you are thinking of booking a holiday this year, travel insurance is very important. Most insurers now offer ‘Covid-19 cover’, but it is wise to get a full list of everything that is and isn’t covered by your insurance.
Book your Doggy Holiday with Confidence
Give us plenty of notice of your holiday and better still, why not book your doggy’s holiday first and work around that when booking your own holiday. You can find a full list of the Covid-19 safety precautions we have in place here.