Featured Article from the 2022 Edition of the BOOM Magazine.
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Many are looking to get out of the house and enjoy what the world has to offer. After traveling less frequently over the past few years, getting back out there might feel intimidating or uncomfortable, but traveling post-pandemic need not be an overwhelming process. Below we share some of our best tips for preparing for your next trip. So wipe the dust off your passport, fill up your gas tank, toss the luggage in the trunk, and get started making new memories.
While the world has made great strides in reducing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, exercising some caution while traveling is still your safest bet. Wearing personal protective gear while traveling is recommended, particularly if you will be in areas where hundreds or thousands of other travelers are anticipated, like airports or train stations.
Check National & Local Guidelines
When preparing for your trip, be sure to check all local and national travel guidelines for updates about vaccination requirements and personal protective measures. The most up-to-date information for traveling safely can be found on the Government of Canada’s website, travel.gc.ca/travel-covid. If you are traveling abroad, take the time to check all guidelines and traveler requirements, as these can vary significantly between countries and even local jurisdictions.
Update Travel Documents
No travel preparation would be complete without locating and updating all of your travel documents and memberships. Now is the time to make sure your passport and license are up to date and do not require renewal. If you are traveling to the United States in the coming months, consider renewing or applying for the NEXUS program, which provides expedited border crossings.
For the foreseeable future, proof of a negative COVID-19 test or vaccination will likely be required for travel. To share this information while traveling, download the ArriveCAN app, or update your travel and passenger information on their website. ArriveCAN expedites the travel process, allowing authorities and health officials to verify your immunization status quickly. It is recommended you upload documents and update your travel information at least 72 hours prior to travel. As previously mentioned, always check national guidelines for updated information regarding testing and immunization, as things frequently change.
Preparation for any trip should also include essential vehicle maintenance. If a road trip is on your horizon, consider getting your vehicle tuned up to ensure it will safely make the journey. Now is also an excellent time to make sure your car insurance documents are up to date and that your coverage still matches your needs.
A new adventure is a perfect excuse to spruce up your travel gear. Consider updating your carry-on luggage if you’ve been toting around the same bag for years, or find a stylish new rolling bag to stand out on any carousel.
Booking Your Trip
Don’t keep waiting for the “future” - take the trip of your dreams this year. Escape the winter blues by flying to an island oasis or take the family on the ski trip you have always discussed. Travel is a great way to build memories and start new traditions. While there are many different ways to book your trip, don’t forget that BOOM Group Members have access to many different airline, car rental, and lodging deals that can be found on our website.
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