Post-Pandemic Dos and Don’ts
From sparkling blue oceans and bustling cities to picturesque mountain ranges and woodsy retreats, we've all got our eyes set on where we'd like to venture to most in this post-pandemic world. But before you begin, there are some critical things to be sure you do—and don't.
- Be prepared. Even if you're sure you won't need any, continue to carry pandemic essentials like masks with you, just in case. You don't want to miss out on any awesome experiences simply because you didn't throw a mask in your bag!
- Stay in the loop. With news and updates coming at us almost daily, determine who your go-to sources for reliable information are and regularly monitor their communications so you're always in the know. If that seems overwhelming, google alerts and following specific hashtags can be helpful.
- Ensure your documents are up to date. Though the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) extended the REAL ID full enforcement date to May 3, 2023, offering travelers more time to prepare, it's still vital to be sure any other medical documents or passports are current. After over a year of forgoing travel, it wouldn't be surprising for this to not be top of mind!
- Make assumptions. Though we're making progress towards normalcy, rules and regulations may vary not only by country, state and city, but also by establishment. The majority of organizations and businesses have made essential information available on their websites and social media, so don't hesitate to do a quick double check so you always know what to expect.
- Think everyone's comfort level is the same. Communication with groups—both before and during your trip—will be essential for success, especially in the post-pandemic era. Showing groups you're willing to go the extra mile to make them feel comfortable is key for not only being respectful, but also creating potential loyal return clients.
- Get worked up. Remember: Everyone is simply doing the best they can. That might mean waiting in line at the airport for a little longer or being patient with an overwhelmed server at an understaffed restaurant. Things will move a lot smoother (and be a lot more enjoyable) when you prioritize staying level-headed and graceful.
For more recommendations to be mindful of before you set out on your travels, see the CDC website.
Written by Sarah Suydam, Managing Editor for Groups Today.