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Planning During a Pandemic

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Travel planning during the time of COVID-19 comes with a lot of questions and uncertainties, and we understand that not everyone is ready to make future plans. For those who are ready, let us help you navigate these uncertainties. Travel is personal for us and we want to be your partner in your next great adventure.

Whether you plan to travel this season or next, a Travel Advisor is critical. We are your biggest advocate. As operators suspend trips or revise cancellation policies and terms (sometimes weekly), we will help navigate the changes. Every cancellation or rebooked trip is unique and receives our focused attention to achieve the optimal outcome for you. We communicate any updates directly so you can relax and let us do the legwork. And as the world re-opens to tourism, we will monitor CDC, WHO, and government recommendations closely.

What to Know Before You Leave

We believe knowledge is the most powerful tool at your disposal, so we remain a key information resource for travel-related coronavirus updates as it evolves (see our COVID-19 Travel Updates By Country page). We also encourage you to educate yourself on the entry requirements for your destination whether domestic or abroad. Here are some additional tips:

  • Check your destination's entry requirements before departure: Entry Requirements by Country (U.S. Department of State)
  • Advance PCR testing for coronavirus may be necessary prior to arrival. Turnaround time for results can vary widely by location. Find and research the lab in your area HERE.
  • Although our operators may have a supply of PPE (personal protective equipment) available, we highly recommend bringing your own masks or face coverings, hand sanitizer, and gloves.
  • Bring your own gear. Rentals may be posted as available online, (snorkeling equipment for example), but you should not rely on these offers.
  • Purchase travel insurance. We can’t advise it strongly enough! While policies will not cover cancellations due to fear of travel, insurance still offers benefits if you get sick abroad or are forced to quarantine. Many countries now require proof of medical coverage before entry, so please check before you travel.

Flexibility is Key

Operators are now offering never-before-seen lenient booking policies and discount incentives for flexible planners. Ask us about offers in your destination. We keep a close eye out for these deals as they are announced by our partners.
The spirit of expedition-style travel has always required flexibility--if the waters get choppy then the itinerary may change according to the conditions. In the same spirit, we recommend  the following:

  • Be flexible with your plans, especially if you plan to set out in the next 6 months.
  • Be willing to pay more for refundable and transferable trips and airfares, as date changes may occur.
  • Plan in extra "buffer" days in case of flight delays.
  • Be ready to adapt to last-minute excursion changes once you’re on the ground.

Private and Small Group Travel Has Never Sounded Better

Our style of travel has always focused on the small group or private experience, styles especially suited to travel in these current conditions. When traveling by sea, most of our vessels accommodate less than 200 passengers, and the No Sail Order extended by the CDC and CLIA does not apply to these smaller ships. If you prefer to restrict your trip to friends or family, we are seeing some amazing deals on private yacht charters. Our land operators are already accustomed to working  with small groups that are exclusive to a single couple, family or group of friends. Many have implemented strict hygiene protocols and social distancing guidelines.

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