Traveling After COVID

traveling after covid

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I’m back!

It’s been a while since my last post, but as COVID restrictions ease and travel destinations re-open, I’m already planning my next trips! I’m ready to visit family and friends, experience new cultures, and of course, get pampered at my favourite Fairmont locations! And yes, things are going to look different as hotels implement numerous changes and as social distancing protocols are put into place, but safety first. Keep reading for a preview on what some of those changes will look like and how they will help you relax and enjoy your vacation!

My next trip – first trip since COVID, will be to Toronto. I can’t wait to see family and friends again, and if you have been following my travel adventures for a while, you know that a stay at the Fairmont Royal York is a must! I can’t wait for that feeling of walking in and being welcomed at my home away from home. For me, hotels are not just a place to sleep, they are part of the travel experience – from dining to spas and other amenities, I enjoy it all.

Fairmont Hotels and Resorts have always had extremely high standards, but the changes being implemented go above and beyond deeper sanitation and social distancing. Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, as part of the Accor group of hotels, has launched the “All Stay Well” campaign, which looks at the entire life cycle of their guest’s visit so that all bases are covered. Here are just a few of the key points from the new guest journey:

  • Mandatory screenings at check-in, restaurants, spas, and other amenities
  • Hand sanitizing stations throughout the hotel
  • Rearranged furniture in common areas to promote social distancing
  • Wellness kits provided – including masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and more
  • 48 hour resting period in between guest stays
  • Reservation of gym time.
  • Contactless menus through QR codes
  • Contactless checkout

And I’m definitely looking forward to visiting their new space. Fairmont Royal York has recently opened their new outdoor terrace as an extension of the well-known Clockwork Lobby Lounge, which goes as far as offering guests contactless menus through QR codes.

One thing to keep in mind is that with the uncertainty of the world, hotels, airlines, etc., are all being accommodating in terms of cancelations and date changes. Take advantage of the flexibility and don’t be afraid to plan your future trip – take advantage of the great deals and book not only your flight and hotel, but dining and other experiences as well.

Wherever you go, and wherever you decide to stay, take a few minutes to research how the hotel, airline, museums, restaurants, etc., are handling life after COVID, as well as their cancelation policies. Knowing their protocols ahead of time will make your trip even more enjoyable.