Several things have changed.
Summer time is always a busy time to travel — and that’s especially true right now, with more and more people getting fully vaccinated and travel restrictions slowly lifting in different parts of the country and world.
If you’re itching for a change of scenery and just booked your first big trip somewhere, there are some things experts want you to know before you pack your bags.
To get the full picture of exactly what’s changed (and what hasn’t) around air travel for summer 2021 and beyond, we spoke to 10 experts.
Here are their air travel tips, tricks, and things to remember:
If your destination requires a negative COVID test, pay close attention to the dates of when your test results come back.
Check your passport expiration date right away — and if you need a renewal, be aware of the extra jumps you may need to jump through just prior to your flight.
Keep your important documents organized — and know that you may need more now than prior to lockdown.
If you haven’t booked your flight yet, make sure to do so at least three weeks in advance.
Consider buying travel insurance — as it might be more important now than ever before.
Make a very detailed list of things to pack.
Find out your destination’s COVID info well in advance of your trip — and then again as your travel dates approach.
Do your homework on your airline’s expectations, too.
On the actual flight, pack or buy all your food ahead of time.
Not ready for air travel just yet? Get your feet wet with post-pandemic travel first by going on a travel test drive.
Find out what is the best time of day to visit popular attractions.
For more information and current guidance on domestic and international travel, visit the CDC’s website.
Have you flown lately — or traveled for the first time in awhile? What, if anything, was different? Is there anything you wish you’d known in advance? Share your experience in the comments.
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