As we adjust to new norms in almost every aspect of our lives, travel will be no exception. With so much uncertainty surrounding the how of travel, one thing is certain: we want to get back out there at some point and explore! And whether you are thinking about travelling again in the near future, or planning to stay put until later this year (or even ‘til 2021), there are two questions on most minds:
“Will it be safe to travel?”
“What will traveling look like?”
At Travel Greene we believe that arming ourselves with good intel and planning is the way to squash fear and create the best possible experience. To help ease your travel anxieties, we’ve put together some helpful tips for traveling in 2020.
Let’s start by addressing the first question: Will it be safe to travel?
We believe it will be safe to travel soon. The US travel industry organizations, in collaboration with the White House and medical experts, have compiled a list of guidelines that the tourism industry will need to follow in order to reopen. This plan was developed to ensure employee and customer safety as the country begins to open. We believe they are taking travelers’ safety very seriously. Check out the entire list of rules and regulations here.
So yes, you will be safe to travel. But what will traveling even look like?
This question is much harder to answer. Just as with anything else right now, the situation is fluid and constantly shifting. We expect many phased approaches to re-opening businesses and services around the world, and we have no idea how long this process will take. Each country, island and resort may have specific rules & regulations about what their particular location will be doing. Some Caribbean islands, like St. Lucia, Jamaica, Antigua and others will begin opening their borders in June, and hope to welcome tourists to their islands soon. Other countries may open their borders, but will implement a 14-day quarantine for any travelers. As we’ve come to expect in our COVID-19 reality, this is a fluid situation and things continue to change. Without our crystal ball handy, we can’t tell you EXACTLY what your future travel will look like, but one thing we know for sure is things WILL be different. Below is a glimpse of what you can expect.
Now more than ever, using a travel advisor to do your pre-planning and arrange logistics will save you a lot of time and hassle. When the time comes that you are ready to get back out on the open road, skies or seas, Travel Greene will arm you with the planning and details you’ll need to enjoy your “new normal” experience.
Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort has officially been closed for 67 days, and those of us who are big Disney fans have been anxiously awaiting to hear when it will reopen. We were given a glimmer of hope earlier this month as Disney announced plans to restore operations beginning with Orlando’s Disney Springs, their themed retail, dining and entertainment area, formerly known as Downtown Disney. On May 20, over 40 third-party shops and restaurants in the complex opened their doors once again.
However, as with everything else these days, things are not business as usual. Planning to visit Disney Springs in the near future? Here is what you can expect:
Check out some photos of what it now looks like at Disney Springs
At this point, there is still no official announcement about when resort hotels, restaurants or theme parks will reopen. While the strict requirements for reopening Disney Springs has not been well-received by all, we can assume that when the time comes to re-open other Disney properties, policies and procedures similar to what we see here may be implemented. Disney has continually expressed that the safety of their cast members and guests are their main focus, and we believe they will not jeopardize their reputation just because people may be uncomfortable with temperature checks or making their kids wear a mask. While we don’t know what requirements are coming, we do know Disney isn’t afraid to do what is necessary to promote safety. Even if it means less people in their parks in the near future.
If you are thinking about heading to Disney this year, be sure to figure the current requirements and possible future safety regulations into your planning. You can check out DisneySprings.com/reopening for the most up to date information on the reopening. And check back here with us too! Travel Greene will post updates as Disney makes official announcements along the way. Using the latest details we are happy to help you plan your next Disney vacation, whenever that may be.