We’re talking about family vacations in 2022 over at CorporetteMoms, and so let’s discuss here — even if Omicron is changing your holiday plans (as many are noting in this morning’s open thread), are you still hopeful enough for the State of the World to plan travel in 2022? And if so, where are you going, and with whom? Are you planning solo travel? Destination friend weekends? International family meetups? Do tell…
(Also — where are your favorite resources for researching possible travel restrictions? Are you doing the “trip stacking” all the travel sites are talking about? What kind of travel insurance/cancellation insurance do you trust?)
For my $.02, nothing is planned yet, but I’m hoping that now that we’re all vaccinated and boosted we can consider flying at least a bit… that said, one of the commenters on CorporetteMoms noted that her family cancelled a beach house vacation rental because they were concerned the local hospitals were overflowing, which is a consideration I hadn’t really focused on previously — and it’s enough of an “of the moment” concern it would make me worry about planning. Deep breaths…
Readers, over to you — what are you planning for 2022, and how are you researching travel restrictions and cancellation insurance?
(Stock photo of Kyoto via Unsplash / @blackodc.)
We’re continuing to travel and making international plans. Our strategy – fly only carriers we use regularly (like American, Jetblue, etc) so that if we need to cancel, we’re not left with, for example, a credit on a super-specific European carrier that would be hard to reuse. We also are only booking hotels or Airbnbs that have flexible cancellation policies – nothing less than a 100% refund if cancelled for any reason up until at least at least 48 hours prior to arrival. (This last is important because of the 72-hour PCR that most countries require for entry. We’d know if we were positive and had to cancel before our trip became nonrefundable.)
It’s worked out great so far!
oh- and we bring our laptops with, so if we ever got stuck or had to quarantine abroad, we could work from wherever!
Not high risk, not in contact with anyone who is, vaxxed and boosted, and have a big stock of KN95s!
We’re making up for two years of lost travel (we have a preschooler who wasn’t vaccinated until this month) and have oodles of accrued vacation time (I have 8 weeks!) and funds, so we’re hoping to go big in 2022. So far we’re planning Italy (Tuscany) in March, Croatia in June, Switzerland in August, a national park trip for fall break in October, and St. Lucia in December, plus a bunch of long weekends visiting friends and family. I’m also going yachting in the USVIs with my mom in May, and my husband has a work trip to Puerto Rico we may crash. I know the international destinations may need to change if there are restrictions, but I’m pretty confident we will leave the country next year. We only book refundable hotels, but that was true before the pandemic too, and now with airline tickets being changeable for free there’s usually no financial cost to a canceled trip. My mom and I purchased travel insurance for the yacht trip because it was expensive and non-refundable, but normally I never buy travel insurance.
I don’t even know what to do at this point. I am itching to travel more, but after plans were foiled in 2020 and we had to make a last-minute location change in 2021 because the original destination unexpectedly turned into a hotspot? Let’s say my hopes are not high.
I have two amazing international trips planned for next year and I kind of feel like they are slipping through my fingers. That said, at this point they are both fully refundable so I am proceeding as though they will be happeningn.
Where are you going?
Small-group barge trip from Bruges to Amsterdam featuring cycling along the way, and a week at a villa in Tuscany with a smaller group of friends, featuring day trips with a private guide (also featuring cycling).
Same. I booked them in a calmer moment and desperately want them to happen but I just have to accept that I have no idea what life will be like at that time. The situation feels so fluid, the best I can do is make sure everything is refundable.
i still have 2 kids who aren’t yet eligible for vaccines at home, so we will probably primarily have family come to visit us (all flying distance), with family testing before they visit. DH and I are hoping to take our first kids free trip and it is going to be our 10 year anniversary and i was hoping to do something international, but i think the risk of getting stuck abroad, etc. i’m just not comfortable with it. we will probably do something involving a domestic flight, but worst case will drive.
I’ll probably end up booking something fairly last minute and just accept it will cost more. We were really hoping to go to Paris, but who knows (though my local smallish airport just announced Icelandicair is starting directs to Reykjavik, so that’s tempting). In addition to Covid just wreaking havoc on travel logistics, it’s also messing with court/trial schedules, so I don’t even know when I can go on vacation because trial dates in cases keep changing. I did book two different weeks at Glacier National Park that can be cancelled a few days ahead of time because they needed to be booked a year in advance to actually get something and I knew I had no idea what my summer schedule was going to look like. So hopefully we can make at least one of those.
Omicron put paid to trips planned for 2022, even though they were domestic.
One state will probably close their borders to us. The other location is a low vaccination region that I’m sure will become a hotspot and a family member is vulnerable.
Home renovations it is!
I found this thread because I feel like I’m in a pickle and need to know what other people are doing. We have a European vacation scheduled in June, that we would certainly not have scheduled and would cancel except that it is our daughter’s destination wedding in Greece. We would hate to miss her wedding, but we are also not at all comfortable with international travel, given the state of the world. I think right now we just have to wait and see what happens. So far we’ve only booked the round trip flight (which we could change and push out a year or two) and one hotel which is refundable. But I can’t look forward to it or do any planning, and I don’t want to put any more money into the trip yet either, so I feel stymied.
I am way too broke to travel but have a lot of $$ in airline credits from canceled trips in 2020 set to expire in 2022. I have a place to stay in NYC, so maybe I will go there once or twice with notice to my host that I’m not looking to spend any money? Maybe some one-day turnaround trips to major cities on my coast? I’d really hate to just lose the money but now I may be planning travel specifically to use it up.
What airline? United just emailed me that my credits that were set to expire in April 2022 have been extended to 2023 – I assume other airlines are following suit or will shortly. Also note that the expiration date is the date by which you must *purchase* the travel, not the date by which you must fly. You can generally purchase airline tickets almost a year out so you can book for 2023 in 2022. Also if you book travel and then cancel it, you get a voucher with a new expiration date, so worst case you can do that.
UK in Feb and again in Easter and the summer. Maybe Egypt in Oct.
we’re fully faxed and boostered incl our teen. Our 9yo will be vaxxed early 2022.