Confidence is growing among travellers to take to the sky again, but they are frustrated with the loss of freedom to travel due to current restrictions.
Studies show that travel restrictions also led to health, social and economic issues, with 68% of respondents to a International Air Transport Association study indicating their quality of life is suffering as a result.
About 40% reported mental stress and missing an important human moment as a result of restrictions. Over a third said restrictions prevented them from doing business normally. But worry not, here at Get Busy Livin’ we strive to help you be comfortable and secure when making any traveling decisions.
“The top priority of everybody at the moment is staying safe amid the Covid-19 crisis. But it is important that we map a way to be able to re-open borders, manage risks and enable people to get on with their lives. That includes the freedom to travel,” commented IATA’s director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac on the findings. Providing hope, that the future of traveling looks promising, and following the regulations now, will have a great impact on how quickly we’re all back exploring some of our favorite destinations.
Given the health, social and economic costs of travel restrictions, airlines should be ready to reconnect the world as soon as governments are able to reopen borders.
As testing capacity and technology improves and the vaccinated population grows, the conditions for removing quarantine measures are being created.
As per recent updates from the CDC, Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to get tested before or after travel unless their destination requires it. Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to self-quarantine
State, local, and territorial governments may have travel restrictions in place, including testing requirements, stay-at-home orders, and quarantine requirements upon arrival. For up-to-date information and travel guidance, check the state or territorial and local health department where you are, along your route, and where you are going. As always, make sure you’re allowing yourself to do the necessary research when planning your trips, and know we’re here to help, and Get Busy Livin’.
When you stay at a bed and breakfast, you get a comfortable room in addition to many free extras. During these uncertain times, we’re glad to provide you with a list of some of our favorite BRB’s.
Despite bed and breakfasts being smaller than the usual hotels, they are often unique and make you feel more like you’re at home. Most bed and breakfast accommodations are operated by ordinary local people whose objective is to preserve an old residence. They are very amiable and will be there to greet you at the door upon your arrival. What gives it the personal touch over a hotel is that the owners will often cook and serve you breakfast in the morning before recommending you to the most beautiful attractions in their area.
Below are five of our favorite BRB's in the Capital Region
1.The Washington Park Inn
This boutique property is located in Washington Park. The property offers accommodation in Albany, 0.9 miles from Empire State Plaza Convention Center. Free private parking is available on site- What more can one ask for?
Every suite at this inn is air conditioned and comes with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Each room is equipped with a private bathroom. Extras include free toiletries and a hair dryer.
You will find a shared kitchen at the property as well as an office for all your queries during your stay.
The inn also offers free use of bicycles. The Egg Center for the Performing Arts is 0.9 miles from Washington Park Inn, while Corning Tower is 0.9 miles away. The Albany Law School and Albany Medical Centre is within a 1,000 feet radius. Albany International Airport is 6.2 miles from the property. You will for sure feel right in your own neighborhood, while indeed taking a break from home.
2. Morgan State House Inn
The Morgan State House is an elegantly restored 19th century building with no elevator. It is located in the Washington Park Historic District and is close to many of Albany’s downtown attractions.
Suites at the Historic Inn and apartments at the Washington Park State House have seating areas, work desks, and cable TV.
You will feel as if you’re in a castle during your vacation! All suites and some of the apartments are equipped with free wireless. The apartments have kitchenettes or full kitchens, as well as elevators.
Breakfast is included at The Morgan State House every morning. While they are a non-smoking inn and are unable to accommodate children under 16, this will be the perfect relaxation to disconnect for a day or two. Laundry service and dry cleaning are some of the many amenities the hotel provides. The New York State Capital, a National Historic Landmark, is one mile from the Morgan State House. Albany International Airport is a 20 minute drive away.
This modern, family owned guest house in a "country hotel style" will brighten your vacation mood and inspire your future travel admirations. It is well located in the old city center, across the street from Hallgrims church and the beautiful sculpture garden of The National Einar Jensen Gallery. The Flybus from Keflavik airport stops right at their doorstep.
Only a few minutes walk away from the busy streets with popular cafes and restaurants, a good variety of shops, museums and art galleries.
4.Thyme in the Country Bed and Breakfast
Six miles east of Hudson, NY, Thyme in the Country Bed and Breakfast is a peaceful retreat to a warm, wholesome and utterly heartfelt style of hospitality.
The charming mix of handmade cabinetry, antique furnishings, jugs of flowers, eggs from the hens, farm fresh milk make for a quiet, relaxing, home-away-from home experience.
The owners of this 1880‘s Farmhouse are committed to sustainable living and green principles are incorporated into everything they do-from the food they serve to the electricity used- what better way to stay connected to your values on vacation?
The Koches will help you enjoy the historic and scenic Hudson River Valley and reduce your carbon footprint too.
5.The Rockwood Inn
Housed in a grand, turreted Victorian mansion, this elegant B&B is 10 minutes' walk from Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum. The Victorian look and feel in every room is what makes this place amazing! Being 6 miles from Berkshire Botanical Garden and 7 miles from the Norman Rockwell Museum, its secluded location offers the best of both worlds.
Cozy, TV-free, Victorian-style rooms with en suite bathrooms offer free Wi-Fi; many add iPod docks. Some rooms include claw-foot baths, fireplaces or canopy beds.
A hot breakfast buffet is served in a quaint dining room, or on a porch overlooking the secluded gardens. Common areas include an antiques-filled lounge with a fireplace, and a sitting room with a stereo system. This amazing BRB also features free parking.
6.Finger Lakes Bed & Breakfast
Once the centerpiece of the almost eighty-acre Hutton Farm, this elegant, lovingly maintained 1840s era Italianate style home is perfectly situated on nearly five acres of expansive lawns and rambling woods.
Enjoy chirping birds and summer winds through the leaves of their mature walnut and maple trees while you abandon your stress and relax on one of our two spacious verandas.
As a feeling of seclusion surrounds you at Finger Lakes Bed & Breakfast, you’ll easily forget that it’s only a short walk to the bustle of Main Street or the welcoming shores of Keuka Lake.
Located in a tranquil residential district south of the village center, this home offers the best of Penn Yan and the surrounding Finger Lakes: easy access to the Keuka and Seneca Lake wine trails; village shops & restaurants; the local beer, spirits, cheese, and ice cream trails; the Keuka Lake Outlet Trail; The Windmill Farm & Craft Market; and only a short drive to Watkins Glen, Corning, and Ithaca.
The luxury of Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast is found in the details to the discovering eye and its authenticity.
BRB’s are a great way to enjoy a nice vacation relaxing, and experiencing new adventures you may not have learned about before from your own local surroundings.
Worry not-- these are not your only options. If you need any more insight on planning your local getaway, feel free to call us today and Let’s Get Busy Livin’!
There’s a popular myth floating around that travel is an expensive hobby. Certainly people who travel a lot must have rich parents, lucrative lottery winnings, or work high paying jobs… This is all untrue, and I’m here to share some useful tips about amazing ways you can use as a guide to save money for traveling.
Money management is a learned skill – but most of us don’t master the basics until we’re adults — if ever. You are making a significant long-term commitment that’s sometimes going to be really hard to stick to. Saving up enough money for travel, or anything for that matter is tough on the soul and demands sacrifice, which is why so few people succeed. The right mindset is everything! Hold yourself accountable and create priorities throughout your days.
Track your Spending
Put a day aside from your other daily tasks and go through all your accounts to find out EXACTLY what your finances look like, down to the dollar. Tracking expenses is an important part of learning where you can cut back, or even eliminate your spending.
Budget your trip
There are two types of budgeting you need to do here. The first is budgeting your trip. The second is budgeting your life. First, you need to work out how much your trip is going to cost you. If you know what you’re doing, your travel budget can be as low as $50 a day. The amount is going to vary wildly depending on where you want to travel, and how thrifty you are.
In short, if you want to start traveling more or save up for a specific trip, you need to create a budget. This will let you see where you can make cuts and where every penny you earn is being spent.
Cutting your daily expenses, being more frugal, and downgrading to a simpler way of living will allow you to save money for your trip around the world without having to find extra sources of income.
As always, we’re here to help. We have many different deals available, and will be able to help you prepare a trip that fits your needs. Give us a call today and Let’s Get Busy Livin’!