We are definitely not in Kansas anymore Toto! And just like Dorothy we are learning to navigate the strange new ways of life. But what does that mean for how we holiday?
Well sweeping the border closures aside, there are a few things we should we expect when we go away even within our own state, and hopefully further abroad sometime soon.
Whilst the share economy has its place, this potentially is not the time to be choosing Air BnB rentals. With pushes for #holidayherethisyear and #supportlocal, it is time to give thought to how your stay can impact a local community. A hotel will employ many local people from those working the front desk, to cleaning your room, kitchen staff to prepare meals, and waiting staff to service you in the restaurant or deliver room service, to name a few. That potentially means your stay is helping provide many jobs to the local community. A stay at Air BnB, does not offer the same potential with generally only the owner benefitting financially, and not the community at large.
That said, in times of Covid, cleanliness is next to well.. Healthiness! Hotels must have regulations and rules in place to ensure they are Covid safe. These policies cover their main areas protocols, cleanliness of rooms, and how their staff will be able to look after you. Air BnB being private rentals offer no such policies. Check with your personal travel manager, for what policies your hotel has put in place, so you know what to expect.
With passenger numbers limited for social distancing aboard all public transport, having your own wheels can mean getting from A to B much easier, and less stressful. So where possible take your own car, or arrange a rental car for the duration of your holiday, perhaps that convertible you have always wanted!
Now, not only are you now being Covid safe, but you are also doing the environment a favour! Hotels are changing what amenities you may find in your room, to include the likes of disinfectant wipes and hand sanitiser, along with all one use items. A safer bet is to take your own.
With Restaurants having Covid safe limits, the only way to avoid being “hangry ” is to prebook your dining times, especially if you have kids in tow. Take the same action when it comes to planning the sights of your holiday. With most social spaces now having capped numbers and/or staggered entry times, prebooking could be a requirement, and nobody wants to be dissappointed!
Here’s to travelling beyond our own backyard sometime soon.
Kim Mason is a busy mum, and lifelong explorer both here and abroad. She brings 22 years of travel agency experience and a jam packed resume of personally tested holidays together to create amazing experiences for her clients. Kim is part of TravelManagers Australia Pty Ltd, an NTIA Award winner for Best Mobile Travel Advisor Network.
Get in touch with Kim today for your next holiday!