Travel and COVID-19by ExperiencePlus! - Tuesday, June 22, 2021
A note from ExperiencePlus! Owners, Monica and Maria Elena Price:
Dear Fellow Travelers,
As you certainly have noticed, travel planning (and life in general) has become a bit more complicated these days. And while we wish we knew exactly what will happen in the weeks and months to come, it is impossible to predict the future. Many of you have reached out to offer words of support and we want to thank you.
Nobody could have imagined what a global shut down would be like and as the world starts to open up we don’t know what a reopening really looks like either. If there is a silver lining to all of this, it is that the majority of people we talk to have become accustomed to uncertainty and we can all relate to the roller coaster we have been on these past months. We hope this newly found sense of global connection will remain when life returns to normal.
As of late June 2021 we have seen many countries in Europe open up to tourism and we are optimistic that many of our late summer and fall departures will run. As we evaluate each departure moving forward our primary concern is that there is as little risk to the locals or our travelers. With that in mind, we have decided that for the remainder of this year all travelers who join us will be required to be vaccinated. Although vaccination rates are speeding up in Europe, people who are unvaccinated are still at much greater risk of infection. Plus, the interruption a positive test would have on a group trip along with the various logistical where establishments require testing for unvaccinated guests and the continued concern that unvaccinated people are at risk of contracting more severe variants lead us to believe this is the responsible thing to do.
We have posted our full slate of 2022 trips for those who would prefer to wait a bit before embarking on a long haul flight. As you consider whether you want to travel this year or next, we strongly believe that you should decide based on what you are comfortable with to stay safe and healthy. We also think this will be an incredible time to explore places that are often full of travelers.
Because of the current unpredictable circumstances that are inherent to this pandemic we will maintain our flexible Covid-19 Terms and Conditions..
We sincerely believe that active and experiential travel will be the best way for us all to recover and reconnect. We hope to soon be getting out in the world and reconnecting with people and places both familiar and new and to provide the financial boost we can to small businesses, hotels, restaurants and tour leaders like those we work with each year.
Monica and Maria Elena Malpezzi Price