Safe•ca•tion – (noun) A mini getaway to destinations that are cleared for safe travel during this time.
Los Angeles, CA (June 12, 2020) – If the temperatures lately aren’t telling, Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to summer — a time when many families look forward to annual vacations with extended family, wondrous road trips, and weekends spent by the water. As many states start to re-open, many are considering what family travel looks like under our ‘new normal’ and accompanying best practices since COVID19. Travelocity predicts a new travel trend will appear this summer – The Safecation.
72% of travelers say health & safety are their top priority when deciding where and when to travel post COVID-19, and Travelocity’s team of experts have offered custom tips on how to plan your travels for the months ahead.
How to Plan a Safecation
1. Consider The Booking Window:
Short-term: Seeing an uptick in bookings 0-3 days out, experts suggest travelers are waiting to book.
Long-term: Expect to see good values on airfare and travel this summer, if you know where you’re headed, it’s advised to book those trips 60+ days out.
2. Search for Flexible Change/Cancel Policies:
Airfare: We are seeing low fares on major U.S. airlines like Delta, American and many are waiving normal change or cancel fees through the end of year. So if you do change your mind, you’ll only pay the difference in ticket price.
- Hotels w/ free cancellation: Sites like Travelocity prominently feature filters on-site to easily find and book hotels with free cancellation.
3. Look for Cleanliness Information On-Site:
- Many hotels on Travelocity.com can now highlight their cleanliness policies to show what health & hygiene amenities they offer such as contactless check-in/check-out, hand sanitizer for guests, enhanced cleaning practices, social distancing measures, etc.
4. Roam Near Home:
Home is Where the (Traveler’s) Heart Is:
Travelocity is seeing the most hotel bookings right now within 100-mile radius of where people live.
Travelers are mostly booking domestic travel, within driving distance.
- Create a Backyard Bucket List: This is the summer to take those in-state trips to landmarks and places you’ve always meant to visit as a family.
5. Control what you can:
Consider non-peak travel times: Plan for weekends to be busy and try to shift travel to Saturday-Monday or mid-week, to avoid larger crowds.
Revisit destinations you’ve been to before: There’s a feeling of comfort when we visit places we know well. Take this time to revisit those hidden gems you’ve enjoyed before.