This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.
Whether you had to cancel a vacation due to the coronavirus pandemic or are itching to plan one, you’re probably buzzing with travel questions. So, Next Avenue spoke to a few experts for their best advice.
After months of quarantine living, some people lately have begun leaving home and taking trips; more are expected to do so this summer and fall.
James Larounis, travel industry analyst for the Upgraded Points site, notes that the number of travelers going through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints increased by 100,000 from March to April — to 230,000. By May 24, according to The Wall Street Journal, it hit 267,451. That’s still down markedly from over 2 million a year ago, though, since so many Americans are still fearful of traveling.
Now, to answers to common questions about vacations and the pandemic:
What should I do if I haven’t received a refund for a canceled trip this spring?
“I think there are a lot of delays in refunds for trips booked this spring due to the volume of people that are asking for them,” says Kareem George, principal for Culture Traveler in Franklin, Mich.
Just ask Phillis Godwin, 76,