The holidays are here and the American people are ready to travel. In fact, AAA estimates that more than 53 million people will travel on Thanksgiving alone. Christmas, Hanukah, and other traditional winter holidays will only increase travel even more.

If you’re planning to travel for the holidays this year, it pays to plan early and be flexible. Follow these travel tips for active adults to make sure your holiday traveling runs smoothly and on budget.

1. Follow COVID-19 Safety Protocols

COVID-19 is the one of the biggest concerns for active adults looking to travel this holiday season. While the virus has been less of a fear in 2021 as mandates and protocols work to limit the spread, active adults are still one of the highest-risk groups of the virus and it’s wise to continue taking precautions when possible.

For air travelers, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is still requiring masks to be worn at airports. You do not need to present your vaccination status to fly anywhere in the United States at this time, though this may not be the case for international travel.

Be sure to follow the safety protocols in place for the area you’re traveling to, and be sure not to put yourself in high-risk areas or large crowds if you can. Maintaining social distancing when possible and washing your hands frequently may also help.

2. Stick To Your Holiday Travel Budget

It is important that you budget carefully for your trip and consider unexpected costs. This way, you are not blindsided by a larger-than-expected bill.

The holidays are an expensive time no matter what your travel plans are, so it’s smart to make a budget for yourself and try to stick with it as much as possible. Unfortunately, the prices of just about everything related to travel have only continued to rise this year. With staff shortages at airports across the country, ticket prices may be harder to find and more expensive than usual.

Keep in mind that car rentals are also becoming more expensive as inventory lowers. As logging and construction industries become impacted by supply and inflation, lodging prices have gone up and the cost to reserve a hotel room is up roughly 17% over the year.

These are just a few of the challenges you may face as you create your travel plans, but one way to stick to your budget is plan early and be adaptable to potential road blocks. Have a back-up plan ready just in case, and reach out to family to see if they can help you with your travel plans to eliminate the need for some of these bigger expenses.

3. It’s Worthwhile To Invest In Travel Insurance

Now more than ever is the right time to pony up for travel insurance. The world is an uncertain place and there are many things that could happen to derail your holiday traveling plans. The best way to protect your investment is with travel insurance. Insurance allows you to recoup your money in the event of an illness or other unexpected barriers to travel.

Many people are put off by the additional cost of travel insurance. However, a relatively small surcharge for travel insurance gives you financial peace of mind.

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