How to COVID-proof your travel plans

Money and Life
(Financial Planning Association of Australia)

 

Is lockdown fatigue getting the better of you? If you’re dreaming of a beachside holiday, you might be wondering if it’s safe to make travel plans.

With summer on the horizon and the country stuck in various levels of lockdown, many of us will be craving a change of scene.

While overseas leisure travel isn’t possible right now, that doesn’t mean you can’t look forward to a time when it is. And in the meantime, there’s plenty of local gems to explore in our own backyard.

Imagination at play

Planning a holiday can be incredibly rewarding in itself. Various studies have shown that the act of planning your holiday can have as many mental health benefits as actually taking the trip. That’s because anticipation of an experience can substantially increase your happiness, often more than the experience itself.[1],[2]

So whether you’re dreaming of a trip around Europe or skiing in Japan, there’s no harm in doing the research to get ready for the day when we can travel overseas again.

However, if you prefer something a little more concrete, look into options nearby. Many local travel providers are offering great deals to try to entice locals looking to experience a staycation.

What to look out for when booking travel

With so much uncertainty about, you need to be extra careful that you’re covered in case there’s a change of plans.

Before you book anything, make sure you check the provider’s cancellation and refund policy. Try to choose providers who’re offering a full refund if you need to change or cancel your trip.

Also remember that travel restrictions between states and territories and in some remote areas of Australia are in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Check the Australian Government’s Department of Health website for the most up to date information about restrictions.

Up, up and away

Local airlines have introduced greater flexibility to help anyone who wants to make a domestic booking. He