An effortless way to explore
“Guided tours have always made travel easy,” Pinyan says, “but now, in a COVID world, it’s going to be the easiest way to travel.”
Pinyan says tour operators are working hard to keep travelers safe, comfortable and in the know. That includes providing well-being directors to help anticipate safety protocols and adjust arrangements as needed, as well as to make sure guests are aware of any COVID-19 regulations in the places they’ll be visiting. Many tour operators are even assisting with the COVID-19 testing required before guests can fly back to the United States.
With travel restrictions constantly changing, it’s a good idea to have frequent conversations with your travel advisor to ensure you have the most up-to-date information. “Find out what the restrictions are when you’re booking the trip,” Pinyan says, “and check them at least one to two weeks prior to your departure.”
Choose your travel companions
If you don’t feel ready to travel with a group, you can still get all the benefits of a guided tour with just your loved ones or friends.
“Many tour operators are offering private tours for families or friend groups, and it’s not much more than the standard tour price,” Pinyan says.
Space is already limited on many trips, so she recommends booking as soon as you have an idea in mind.
“Traveling with a guide is easy. I love just ‘showing up,’” she says. “It makes the vacation simple, enjoyable and a whole lot less stressful!”