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Your Guide to Planning a Socially Distanced Vacation

Travel Blog, Travel Tips - Ross French - June 12, 2021

Over the last few months, it appears that the pandemic situation is improving in several parts of the world. However, this doesn’t mean that you can go back to the way that things were. Since COVID-19 is far from being eradicated, you still have to be careful when planning your vacation. The good news is that it is quite simple to travel during this period and have lots of fun. If you want clear and concise instructions on how to manage this, consider the guidelines below:

Stay Updated On Statistics

Before you take off anywhere, be sure to research the places you want to visit. Look for cities like Seattle where most people have been vaccinated. If you want to go out and about, there will be less risk of infection.

Keep in mind that the numbers can change quite quickly, so you need to stay up to date on current news. Be prepared for a change of plans if there is a shift in the situation. Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Consider Isolated Travel Options

It’s difficult to control your environment with public transport systems like trains and planes. This is why it’s important to travel in your own vehicle. However, what if you don’t want to be stuck in your car for hours on end? What if you aren’t looking for yet another road trip?

In this case, you could consider renting out a yacht. For instance, if you are headed to Seattle, you can easily access your yacht in Seattle, which makes it simple for you to explore and get supplies as needed.

Look for Remote Rentals

If you are planning to stay on land for any period of time, skip the hotels and other crowded areas. Instead, look for remote rentals in rural or spaced out locations. This way, you can make sure that you don’t have to share a space with anyone outside of your immediate group.

The other benefit is that you get total control over sanitizing the area. This makes it a lot easier to keep all surfaces – and even the air – clean and healthy for you and your family.

Get Creative With Having Fun

Just because there are restrictions in place doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. By being a smart traveller with careful plans, you can ensure that you get the most out of your vacation. For instance, with a little research, you can find tourist spots and other recreational ideas that aren’t swamped with too many people.

You should also take this opportunity to check out places that you would typically miss out on. By doing more research about what a particular city or town has to offer, you can uncover some hidden treasures and enjoy a real adventure.

The pandemic doesn’t have to get in the way of your vacation. With some research, planning, and unique ideas, you can have a holiday that neither you nor your family will ever forget!

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Traveling To Hawaii For Your Next Vacation

Travel Tips - Ross French - May 13, 2021

trip in Hawaii

Hawaii is a popular travel destination for couples and families all across the world. No matter where you go in Hawaii, you will be met with beautiful beaches, amazing hikes, and stunning scenery. Whatever the reason may be that you are traveling to this beautiful island, it can be a challenge to decide what you’d like to make a priority on your trip. Maybe, you’re not one for hikes and would rather hang out by the beach with a drink in hand. Or, you’re the type who loves hikes, waterfalls, and all things adventure. Look no further, because we’re here to help you prioritize and plan your trip to Hawaii this year.

Destination Wedding Or Honeymoon

If you are planning a destination wedding in Hawaii or you are planning your honeymoon– you may want to consider a different type of itinerary than other travelers!

Finally, the wedding invites are all sent out, and the wedding date is approaching quickly. With so much to think about, you haven’t had much time to plan your trip in Hawaii. Many couples create a combination wedding/ honeymoon trip in Hawaii. Because let’s face it, you’re already in paradise. Why leave early?

If this is your primary purpose of travel, we suggest a sailing excursion. This is a great pre wedding activity but is also spectacular for a honeymoon or post wedding. The best part about sailing is you get to relax and unwind. You won’t have to worry about getting dirty before your wedding and you can relieve some of that added stress. You can plan a sunset sail, perhaps whale watch, and explore the colorful reefs. You and your fiance can bump your favorite music and enjoy the ride! No matter what island of Hawaii you decide on, there are always boating offers.

The Adventurer

Are you someone who has always identified as being adventurous? Well, Hawaii could be the perfect vacation for you too! Kauai is said to be the “garden island” because of its waterfalls, cliffs, and tropical rainforests. The island also has a variety of outdoor activities you can be a part of. Some adventurous activities include kayaking, hiking, snorkeling, and ziplining. Although, you don’t have to pick Kaui to adventure, because of its landscape, it hosts a lot of outdoor activity.

In fact, ziplines are something that Hawaii is known for, because it has some of the longest ziplines in the US. If you are a thrill seeker, you can zipline to get the perfect view of the lush canopies while you get your adrenaline rush. Otherwise, you can find plenty of gorgeous hikes throughout the landscape that feature ocean views or waterfall access.

Family Fun

Family vacations are magical in Hawaii! The warm ocean water and sandy beaches are enough on their own to capture the wonder of your children. Hawaii’s big island has so much to offer. There is so much culture and fascinating attractions to see here. You can hike mountains, surf, or wander in the towns. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a great place to take your family for an experience they’ve never had before. At night, you can attend a Luau where your kids can dance and enjoy the scene along with some Hawaiian food. Overall, there are also great family-friendly resorts that offer fun pools and waterslides for the kids! They’ll return wishing they never left!

The Surfer

It’s not a surprise that Hawaiit is well known for its epic surf. If you are a surfer searching for the next big wave, Hawaii is definitely a good move. Oahu is the proverbial heartbeat of surfing in Hawaii. The island’s north Shore is the perfect place to catch your dream wave. If you are an advanced surfer, the winter waves can actually get massive so you’ll want to be prepared. Otherwise, in the summer the waves are manageable for an intermediate or even beginner level surfer.

Some of the biggest surfing competitions in the world are held on Ohaui’s North Shore from the months of November to December. If you are more of a surf follower and watcher this is the place to be! Otherwise try to decipher your skill level and pick the right season to go out and surf yourself! You can spend all day on the sandy beaches of Oahu while also squeezing in some hiking, dining, and relaxation time.

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7 Tips For Quick, Easy, and Secure Travel

Travel Blog, Travel Tips - Ross French - May 13, 2021

Did you know that it’s possible to feel relaxed, happy, and secure while traveling? It may seem like a wish come true. Yet, even in our new normal, you can travel with a light heart and a peaceful mind.

In our world, many people are responding to a year of lockdown, quarantine, and social distancing with a deep-felt need to travel.

Ready To Go Anywhere

Travel industry trends show that rental cottages and family-style lodges are being snapped up rapidly. Families and friends are looking for places to ‘get away from it all.’ It’s no surprise that people are longing for the tradition of summer vacation.

Families are organizing reunions. People are gathering to make up for lost holidays. Many groups are finding innovative ways to meet up with loved ones. Vacasa, a rental home-management company reports a 300% increase over last year in bookings for large family-style properties.

1. Identify Your Dream Vacation

Are you looking to escape from the maddening crowd? Have you had it with hot days, and ready to escape to snow in Crimea? Do you want to lose the winter gear and jump into the surf on Maui? Are you set on traveling to the Shetland Isles?

Perhaps your sights are closer to home. You’ll be thrilled just to do a quick get-away to a national park. Or maybe pop your ideal vacation includes an old-fashioned road trip.

Spend some time dreaming and planning. As you do this, check out travel sites for ideas that you may not have considered.

Many couples and families enjoy unique traditions for planning a summer vacation. What do you like to do?

2. Get Everyone Involved

While you may have certain habits and norms, consider doing something you’ve never done before. Include everyone in the family as part of selecting your vacation destination.

Host a dinner, party, or picnic to get everyone’s input. Share ideas, photos, and stories to show the features and benefits of each wish.

If you have any differences of opinion, appoint a moderator. This person can act as the facilitator to mediate disputes, balance emotions, and gain agreement. There’s always a way to hear from each member of your tribe. By planning together, you’re off to a great start. You’re setting the stage for a happy, harmonious, and delightful vacation.

Traveling With Ease

In our new normal, we’re all looking to make the easiest, fastest, and most secure decisions. We want to stay safe while we travel.

That’s why it will help to do a little planning. Here are a few tips to make your summer travel easy, safe, and fun.

3. Go Contactless

More and more restaurants, hotels, and stores are using a contactless system. You can use a platinum debit card to tap to pay. This is a fast way to go where you want and enjoy secure checkout.

4. Get Theft Protection

No one wants to think about theft. But the last thing you want is to have your vacation plans upset by a loss or theft. To be proactive, sign up for enhanced ID Theft protection. You’ll gain peace of mind knowing you have credit monitoring, high-risk transaction monitoring, and real-time alerts to your mobile phone. In addition, if a theft does happen, you’ll get white-glove restoration.

5. Set Up Easy Pay

You can securely store and use your debit card on Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Google Play. This allows you to navigate the world, make secure payments, and get what you want at your fingertips.

6. Travel Safely

Keep up to date with the CDC safety guidelines and protocols. Travel with your mask, hand sanitizer, and safety wipes. Organize your travel gear with all the hygiene essentials closes to hand. A little preparation can help you and your family stay safe while traveling.

7. Encourage Healthy Habits

As much as we’re ready to get out and about, we are still within a fluid environment. Encourage everyone in your group to practice physical hygiene habits. You may want to nominate different people to be the coach or encourager of healthy hygiene. This can include finding fun ways to remind each other to wear masks, wash hands, avoid touching their faces, and maintaining social distancing.

Sum Up

Summer is on the horizon. As you’re planning your next trips and vacations, keep your family safe and secure. With a little advanced work, you can have a happy, healthy, and safe summer adventure. Have fun!

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Enjoy Your Royal Holiday Vacation Club At Its Many Safe Travel Destinations In 2021

Travel Tips - Ross French - February 16, 2021

Park Royal Hotels and Resorts sponsors the Royal Holiday Vacation Club. Their guests, who are international travelers are required to get the Covid-19 testing to be compliant with international travel laws. Today, visitors entering the United States or Canada must bring evidence of a negative Covid-19 test result before being allowed to enter the country.

This requirement was issued by the United States’ Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as of January 26th, 2021. If traveling by air or land, to enter the U.S., you must present evidence of your negative Covid-19 test results. If upon taking the test, you are found to have Covid-19, Park Royal Hotels and Resorts will provide discounts for housing to allow for the necessary quarantine period required in two-person maximums per room.

The Covid-19 test is offered free of charge by the Royal Holiday Vacation Club to those who have booked 4 nights or more with the hotel and resort chain. Other guests can obtain the testing for additional costs. The hotel and resort chain has established alliances with certified medical centers and hospitals to ensure reduced-priced tests for all guests.

Any guests who were positive will be treated with the best possible care according to the Cristal International Standards® and Safe Guest Program. These protocols will affect both the guests and their accompanying guests. With these protocols safeguarded, the guests will remain compliant with all travel regulations in each country in which they plan to travel and in returning to their home country.

These travel standards are applicable in all destinations which service the Royal Holiday Vacation Club and the Park Royal Hotels and Resorts. The countries where the Royal Holiday Hotels and Resorts are located include Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, China, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam.

Many guests scheduled trips for exclusive wedding destinations, international and/or business travel. The Park Royal Hotels and Resorts have provided the venues for your specific needs making it possible for you and your guests to enjoy each moment on the hotel’s premises. Every comfort has been provided for and every luxury has been made available for your request.

In addition to your comfort and enjoyment, the Park Royal Hotels and Resorts has made every effort to accommodate the needs travelers now have due to the parameters of the Covid-19 pandemic. With testing readily available throughout your travel experience, travelers can rest assured they will not be carriers of the virus as they cross borders from country to country.

Their vigilance is effective in making safe travel destinations in 2021 include all the previously mentioned destinations for the Park Royal Hotels and Resorts. Travelers know their needs will be cared for while enjoying the hospitality of the Royal Holiday Vacation Club.

The hotel chain uses Safe Guest Protocol that covers four focal points:

The Room Check protocols use international hygienic rules to determine their levels of cleanliness in each room.

The Food Check is based on world government recommendations for hygienic levels of guaranteed safety.

Paying close attention to the prevention of legionnaires disease, the hotel’s aqua check maintains levels of disinfection, temperatures, and records for all that monitoring.

The Pool Check is guaranteed by the Cristal System. This system guarantees the equipment is working perfectly, and the water is clear, safe, and clean.

In effect, the Park Royal Hotels and Resorts will provide a safe disease-free environment in every way possible. Guests are asked to be compliant with the travel country’s rules and in so doing are given every advantage and assistance to comply with and maintain those regulations. All guests must do is come with the intent to enjoy themselves. Leave the rest to the Royal Holiday Vacation Club.

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Things You Need to Know About Future Travel to the UK & Europe

Europe, United Kingdom - Ross French - February 10, 2021

Travel to the UK

There have been some big changes in Europe and the UK recently. If you happen to live anywhere on that continent, you will know exactly what we’re talking about. But for everyone else, here’s a quick catch up, in case you missed the news.

As of January 2021, the UK is officially no longer part of the European Union or EU. You might have heard the term ‘Brexit’ being thrown around, as in ‘Britain’s Exit’ from the EU. Not Europe – the UK is still geographically part of the European continent. But politically, it has left a union made up of 26 other nations.

This change in the relationship between the UK and this big gang of other European nations has all sorts of practical implications for people wanting to travel, work and do business between Britain and the EU – some big, some minor. Mostly, these changes affect British and EU citizens. But there are also a few knock-on effects worth raising for anyone from the rest of the world planning on doing any traveling around Europe (post-COVID pandemic, of course).

From a traveler’s point of view, one of the great things about the EU is the relaxed or open borders that exist between member states. So if you land in, say, France, you have complete freedom to go explore Spain, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic and every other EU country without being stopped and quizzed at every border.

This is particularly beneficial if you are planning to hang around in Europe long enough to need a visa – especially if you plan to work while you are there – or if you happen to be from a country that requires a visa to enter the EU full stop. It’s a case of presenting all of your paperwork once on entry, and that’s it. No more long waits to have your credentials checked as you move from country to country.

Now, it should be pointed out that the UK never signed up to the full ‘open borders’ policy, known as the Schengen Area, that the other 26 states agreed to. That means you’ve always had to go through border control traveling back and forth between the UK and the rest of the EU.

But even so, because of the shared visa arrangements, it was very easy (and common) to use the UK as a hub for some long-term travel across the rest of Europe. That is still going to be possible, of course. But there are likely to be added complications.

New visa rules

We’re still in the early stages of what travel to a non-EU Britain looks like (and no one is doing much traveling right now, anyway). But the UK will start to roll out its own visa rules and arrangements at some point and you will need to be up to speed with both to travel between the UK and Europe.

For example, from 2022 the EU is launching a paid-for electronic entry authorization system similar to the ESTA in the United States. This will not grant you permission to travel to the UK. Another important change for long-term travelers is that an EU work visa will not give you the right to pick up a job in the UK. You might have to think more carefully about where you want to base yourself for the majority of the trip.

Other possible changes are to things like travel insurance. Instead of buying a single policy for travel anywhere in Europe, you might find certain providers start to make exemptions and require you to purchase UK-only policies if you want to head there.

This is because the EU, for example, has very clear and consumer-friendly rules on things like flight and package holiday refunds that no longer apply to UK companies, which changes the game for insurance companies in terms of paying out for cancellations.

Given the risk of having your travel plans trashed by COVID-19 lockdowns and ever-changing rules from one place to the next, it’s definitely a good idea to get the right type of cancellation cover wherever you are traveling to.

To find out more, visit Avanti Travel Insurance.

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