Coronavirus travel tips: Flexibility and cleanliness matter most when planning a future trip – USA TODAY

(BPT) – It’s no secret coronavirus (COVID-19) has disrupted many aspects of our daily lives, including travel. Between international restrictions and statewide stay-at-home mandates, wanderlust is undoubtedly on the rise. An Expedia poll of 1,500 U.S. residents, conducted between May 4 and 8, 2020, shows people are feeling more vacation deprived than they did before the outbreak. The poll also revealed roughly 70% of Americans intend to travel at some point in the next 12 months.

At the end of the day, the decision to travel will largely come down to preference and what government restrictions may or may not be in place. Regardless, everyone should feel secure and comfortable in their choices when it’s OK to get out there again. To give travelers additional peace of mind, here are Expedia’s top tips for planning and booking any travel:

  • As a first step, check the latest global health and travel advisories for your intended destination. As the situation continues to change for each state and country, ensure your vacation spot is accepting non-residents or international travelers. It’s also beneficial to know if there are any quarantine periods still required as that might influence where you go and the length of your stay.
  • Consider booking refundable hotels rather than non-refundable ones. In the same poll, over 70% of Americans expressed concern about COVID-19 impacting their future travel plans and another 60% indicated that their travel plans have already been changed or canceled due to