The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has so far declined to issue new guidance on travel for vaccinated Americans due to concerns about travel-related surges but is "looking forward" to updating guidance once more people get protected. Updated guidance according to the Biden administration is expected to be made around May 1.
As of now, all air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States.
A survey by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) revealed that as many as two-thirds of global destinations are open for tourism of some sort– meaning you might not have to cancel your dreams of a holiday just yet.
The article stated that:
Although most countries are still choosing to keep their borders closed, it is a great and hopeful finding that some are starting to implement new guidelines. A few countries are soon expected to fully reopen to tourists who can prove they have been vaccinated, these countries include Ecuador, Iceland, Greece, Slovenia, Poland and eventually even more.
Right now, the guidelines you’ve become familiar with still apply; masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
New guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say people fully vaccinated against Covid-19 can safely visit with other vaccinated people and small groups of unvaccinated people in some circumstances, but there are still important safety precautions needed.
What this means for your upcoming vacation? That there is hope. We can stay optimistic about future travel, and begin looking at what that great #firstripback will be. That all of the current regulations will still apply, in conjunction with any guidance and regulations being mandated at your destination.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect countries differently. Challenges to any international travel at this time may include mandatory COVID-19 testing requirements, quarantines, travel restrictions, and closed borders. Foreign governments may implement restrictions with little notice, even in destinations that were previously low risk.
If you choose to travel internationally, make sure you are planning ahead, and receiving the most help possible; we are here to help! Call us today and Let’s Get Busy Livin’.
As CDC regulations are still in place, some may be having second thoughts of traveling at the moment. So here is a Spring edition of local activities you can travel (some virtually) to.
The Albany Tulip Festival:
The Tulip Festival is one of the most popular annual events in Albany NY and draws tens of thousands of people to Washington Park each year. 2020 is different than your average year, though, as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to stay home to stop the spread of the virus. Although all of the Tulip Festival's in-person traditions and happenings have been canceled for this year, we can still enjoy the 2020 Tulip Festival virtually, thanks to Discover Albany, the City of Albany's Office of Cultural Affairs, and Citizens Bank.
Virtual Tulip Fest Highlights:
St. Patricks Plans:
St. Patrick's Day is a festive time of year as people dress up in green, enjoy some corned beef and a pint of Guinness, and celebrate all things Irish. In Albany and the Capital Region, you can always look forward to holiday dining specials at local restaurants and bars, live music, and other festivities. St. Patrick's Day is always filled with amazing activities, so always remember to plan ahead!
The food. The drinks. The music. The atmosphere. There's something special about St. Patrick's Day in the Albany area. If you're ready to unleash your inner Irish, check out these St. Patrick's Day events.
Here is a list of all of the different St.Patrick’s Day events available this 2021.
Golfing in Albany:
The Capital Region area has numerous and varied golf courses, from championship level to family-friendly mini golf. In addition to public and private courses and country clubs, you can also find driving ranges, golf instructors and a couple indoor golf facilities for year-round practice.
Golf is fun because of the number of possibilities it offers to stop players from getting bored. Anyone can enjoy playing all kinds of different golf game types either alone, with friends or total strangers. And all while enjoying the great outdoors and getting a bit of exercise at the same time. Browse the golfing options here to find just what you are searching for.
As always, we’re here to help when traveling inspiration is needed. We are abroad, and local experts ready to help you create the best experience possible. Call us today and Let’s Get Busy Livin’!
According to Statistic, a high percentage of people use social media for travel inspiration and ideas, and the majority share photos on social media while traveling. But have you wondered about the contrasted characteristics of social media and travel?
Social media is changing the way we travel. Around the world, influencers and regular-old travelers alike are destroying local environments, posing provocatively at sites of tragedy and even putting their own lives at risk, all in a vain attempt to drum up interest on social media.
Research conducted by Facebook in 2019 showed that 67% of travelers use Instagram to find travel inspiration before booking a trip and once the trip is booked, they continue to use the platform to get themselves pumped for the upcoming adventure.
Social media is encouraging people to explore new places they never even knew existed until they saw a photo pop up on their timeline! Now, we’re only a few clicks away from seeing an image on Instagram to purchasing a ticket to go vacation there.
However, as with many aspects of social media, there are obvious downsides to this travel revolution. It could be argued that the obsession with documenting and sharing your travel adventures online distracts from being present and truly enjoying the experience. Our motives to travel seem to have shifted away from wanderlust and have become more egocentric, travelling now for the sake of aesthetical pictures, likes, and follows. This draws away from some of the most important elements of travel.
In general, social media has revolutionised the way we travel. While giving us new opportunities to enjoy a new place through the eyes of others, or learning how to take the bus somewhere we’ve never been by someone else sharing their story𑁋 And while it is amazing the amount of things we learn by our friend’s explorations, I believe it is critical for travelers enjoy the little things present in all new endeavours. To want to get to know a place, a culture, a tradition, or simply enjoy a peaceful, restful vacation with their loved ones without worrying about their self-image, or comparing to other travelers' experiences.
The rising importance of social media in the travel planning and booking process can get complex. As always, we are always available to make sure you have an unique, unforgettable experience! Give us a call or email today to learn about our amazing offers...We promise, you’ll want to share them only with your closest friends!