Travelling this year comes with new rules.

Are you thinking about booking a holiday? With numerous vaccinations now available and being administered to the public for Covid-19, it does seem as though travel could be a possibility — particularly towards the end of 2021. However, there are certainly a lot of question marks in the air right now. Here are some of the steps that you will need to take before you start booking your vacation.

Look At Costs

First, you do need to make sure that you are checking the cost of your travel adventure before you decide to go. No one is totally sure what impact Covid-19 will have on the cost of travelling. Heading to some countries could become more expensive while others may be considerably cheaper. Airlines might increase their prices to accommodate lower levels of demand and ensure that planes in the air are still profitable.

You should think about setting out a travel budget. This should include all the costs that you need to keep in mind when you’re travelling. Think about the cost of flights, your hotel, any additional expenses and activities that you are hoping to enjoy while you’re there. If you do this, then you’ll have a clear idea of whether or not you can afford to travel this year. If you can afford to travel, it’s also worth checking the exchange rates. This too could have been impacted by Covid.

Don’t forget, there are countless underlying factors too. For instance, Brexit is certain to have an impact if you are planning on travelling to any location that is part of Europe.

Arrange Travel Insurance

You should always arrange travel insurance when you are booking a trip away. You need to make sure that if your trip is cancelled or you are unable to fly out for any reason, you are covered financially.

This year, Covid should definitely be part of these considerations. You need to make sure that your travel insurance covers you for Covid complications. Unfortunately, you might find that some travel insurance providers are making an exception when it comes to Covid. Insurance is based on risk and if there is a high level of risk that holidays will not occur due to Covid, insurance companies are unlikely to cover the costs. You might find that insurance companies are advertising that they will be providing coverage for Covid which is fantastic news. However, you should still read the small print and potentially contact the company directly. You need to make sure that your understanding of their policy is as clear as possible.

Check Which Services Are Running

After you have booked your insurance, you should start thinking about what to expect when you reach your destination. You need to consider which services are running and which ones might be impacted by Covid. For instance, it’s important that you know how to get from the airport to your destination. If you check sites like, you’ll find that taxi services are still running and operational, which is great news.

However, you might find that options at the hotels themselves are limited. For instance, you could be planning to book a trip to Disney World for this year. It’s a great place to take the family. But it’s important to note that the typical dining service the parks offer is not currently available. This is likely due to the fact that a lot of the dining experiences, particularly those that exist in the hotels are currently not operational.

You could also be visiting a country or location to experience a particular event. It’s important to check whether that particular experience is still available. If it involves a significant level of social interaction, there’s a strong possibility it won’t be. You could be better off waiting and booking your vacation in a couple of years rather than right now.

Understand The Requirements Of The Airline

It’s also worth checking out the requirements of the airline that you are using. A lot of airlines are setting out their own regulations and requirements when it comes to travel. For instance, some have announced that when travel is fully available proof of vaccination for Covid-19 will be required to fly. Others expect you to wear your mask for the entire journey, even when you are in your seat. There’s definitely an element of comfort to think about here. If you are not going to be comfortable wearing your mask for a long trip, then it could be worth booking your vacation another time.

Be aware that you will probably be fighting a losing battle if you try to argue your rights and not adhere to airline policies when you are flying. As a private company, airlines do have the right to put in place any restrictions that they think will protect the wellbeing of their crew members and other passengers on board. It’s also likely that if you miss your flight because you do not adhere to their regulations, then your insurance company will not cover the costs of the holiday that you missed out on.

Know The Local Regulations Of The Country You Are Visiting

Finally, you need to understand the regulations and the requirements of the country you are visiting regarding Covid-19. These are going to differ depending on the country you are interested in exploring. However, if they are open to travellers from your country, you should be able to find all the requirements online. Currently, a lot of countries have shut their borders to travellers coming from countries with significant outbreaks of Covid. It’s always best to check this out before you start booking any flights or hotels. You can learn more about this on

We hope this helps you understand the steps that you will need to take before you book a trip to another country this year. Don’t forget, countries are also putting in plans and requirements for travellers returning home too. This could include a period of quarantine, so factor this into your costs and your overall desired experience.