What do you recommend to travelers right now? Travel locally? As usual? Book the trip next year – but with travel cancellation insurance?
As usual and now! A few weeks ago I talked to a friend from Hamburg, he was very excited about his stay in Athens – no waiting in line at the sights, everywhere a warm welcome, people have time. You almost feel like a local, because there are hardly any other tourists. The same is true, for example, in the Serengeti in Tanzania or in Rome. The Colosseum, the Vatican Museums – right now, there is more space and time than anyone’s see in a long time. My tip: Now’s the time to see the big, famous buildings, national parks, and museums, as long as the majority of people are staying home.
I’m a fan of maintaining a good mix, even independently of the pandemic. Everyone should know where they come from and what there is to see in their surroundings. If you can afford it, you should take one regional vacation and one long-distance trip per year. Or switch every other year. Then every region in Germany, or Austria, or Switzerland, depending on where you’re from. There are advantages, and these places are just waiting to be discovered or rediscovered. That said, I do have to admit that in the past, I was more attracted to the long-distance destinations.
I think it’s important not to focus only on your region. It’s something extraordinary to be able to immerse yourself in a foreign and unknown culture and learn from it. This is how you can broaden your horizon, learn respect and esteem for the unfamiliar and see what our fascinating earth has to offer – and thus know that it is worth protecting.
I always recommend bookings with travel cancellation insurance anyway! You never know what will happen. Suddenly you break a leg and can’t travel. Then you’re stuck with all the cancellation costs. Independent of a pandemic, cancellation costs, trip interruption, and travel health insurance are generally recommended. Recently there have been some additional insurances for coronavirus treatment or even quarantine measures.
For the cancellation of a trip due to political circumstances, entry requirements, or health regulations, which make travel impossible, there is no insurance. You don’t need any – because then it means either you get your money back, rebooking for another date, or voluntarily accept a voucher.