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Thanksgiving Holiday Travel 2022

Thanksgiving & Holiday Travel 2022

Autumn is a season that, without a doubt, is a favorite for many people. It is synonymous with leaf-peeping, pumpkin spice, cozy scarves, apple picking, and in the United States, Thanksgiving, and (American) football. It also means that the holiday travel season is upon us, and more people than ever are planning trips to celebrate the holidays with their loved ones. 

As said by Travel+Leisure, the surge of travel interest can be explained by travelers being ready to reschedule trips planned during the height of the pandemic, the popularity of the digital nomad lifestyle, and of course, "revenge travel." After three long years of travel lockdowns, bans and restrictions, it appears that travelers are ready to fly, cruise, and road trip their way to visit family and friends or to simply get away. According to new data from PricewaterhouseCoopers, nearly 47% of Americans will travel this holiday season. Domestic destinations are the most popular, but international getaways like Europe, South America, and the Caribbean are also in high demand.  

Partnered with all this travel demand are high prices for gas, airfare, hotels, and, well, pretty much everything. The latest forecast issued by the travel app Hopper, predicts record-high prices for almost all modes of travel, meaning you’ll pay significantly more than you did during the last pre-pandemic holiday travel season. Experts are expecting this Sunday, November 20th, to be one of the most expensive times to fly this holiday season, and the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, November 23 this year, to be the busiest, in airports and on the road.

Patience & Preparedness for the Win

While there is no doubt that traveling these days is a big investment in your money and your time, it is one that can be well worth it, to be able to visit loved ones or even just explore the world outside of your home. Being patient and prepared are the keys to a successful trip regardless of when, where, why, or how you are traveling this holiday season. If you are flying, getting to the airport extra early is an absolute must to get through the longer-than-ever security lines. And if you are driving, keep an eye on those traffic conditions and pack lots of road trip games, movies, and chargers to keep devices charged and little ones (and not so little ones!) entertained. 

Additionally, you should consider adding trip insurance to your travel plans to help protect the investment you put into your long-awaited trip and take the financial sting out of any unforeseen travel delays, interruptions, or cancellations that happen. Trip Cancellation plans offer the most comprehensive coverage, with everything from delays, cancellations, and interruptions to travel medical insurance for unforeseen illnesses or accidents. If you purchase early enough – within 14 days of booking your travel – you can add Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) to many plans, providing further protection against loss. Of course, plan coverages vary, so you should definitely do your research and select the right plan for you.  

Wherever your travels take you this holiday season, we wish you and your loved ones safe travels and happy holidays. 

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By Administrator at 17 Nov 2022

Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos in Mexico

Mexico is one of the most traveled to places in the world, and who hasn't thought of this beautiful, culturally diverse country as they eat flavorful tacos, listen to mariachi music, take in the paintings of artists such as Frida Kahlo, or see photos of beautiful long beaches with emerald coasts? There is seemingly no off-season in Mexico, with something to be enjoyed no matter what time of year you visit. 

One of the best – and most colorful – times to visit is in late October through early November, during Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Día de los Muertos is one of Mexico’s most significant pre-Hispanic traditions and, since 2008, part of UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Despite what the name may suggest, the Day of the Dead is not a day of mourning, but of celebration and joy.  

At its core, the day recognizes death as part of the human experience. Families gather to honor the lives of the deceased setting up ofrendas, decorating with skulls, and preparing pan de muerto (traditional bread). When preparing the altar for the deceased, some people assemble an offering that includes favorite meals and other personal items of the deceased, along with their photos. Having these items allows loved ones who have passed to feel rejuvenated after their long journey. 

In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic forced this holiday to be carried out in a hybrid manner, because while in some areas, cemeteries remained open, in others, cemetery visits were suspended, or the number of attendees was restricted. This year, with 29 out of 32 entities in low-risk status, cemeteries are expected to have the same number of visitors as pre-COVID-19.  

Once the festivities have ended, you can enjoy the beautiful Caribbean coast of Mexico, with a few days of sun, sea, and sand on the country’s renowned beaches. Chetumal and Playa del Carmen have something for everyone, with modern architecture, dream beaches, and a vibrant nightlife. In Tulum, you can see the Mayan ruins and picture-perfect landscapes. Cozumel is an ideal island for snorkeling and water sports, and finally we have Cancun, the perfect city in which to let go and have fun    

Or, if you are looking to instantly immerse yourself in the Mexican culture, we recommend you visit the capital, Mexico City. There you can visit places like Frida Kahlo's house, the historical center, the archaeological site of the Templo Mayor, the Plaza de la Constitución, or places like Las Trajineras de Xochimilco, the Bosque de Chapultepec, or the National Museum of Anthropology.

What to know before getting to Mexico

Since March 2022, travelers no longer need to fill out a health declaration form that was required to enter the country.    

There is no need to take a test before departure or undertake any form of quarantine. Those concerned they may have symptoms should ask for the Sanidad Internacional health organization.   

Some Mexican states or cities might have tighter restrictions than the country at large. Tourists may want to inquire with their hotels or resorts about any local directives before committing to plans.    

If you are visiting Mexico you need a Tourist Card which is an Entry Immigration Form that details information about your visit to Mexico and you can fill it out online. The Tourist Card is per person regardless of age and how long you will stay in Mexico. The information you provide in the Tourist Card is kept by the Mexican Immigration Authority as an official record of your visit to Mexico.

Travel Insurance for Mexico

Currently, travel insurance is not currently required for all Mexico, but a travel medical insurance plan is required for visitors to Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. Our Safe Travels Outbound plan is a primary temporary travel medical plan for US Citizens and US Residents when traveling outside the USA. It includes medical, emergency medical evacuation, repatriation, and security evacuation. Trawick International covers and COVID-19 expenses just as any other sickness or injury. 

Although a trip cancellation plan is not required travel to Mexico, it should still be a priority for all international travelers. Between flight delays, pilot shortages, and hurricane season, there are plenty of ways that you can be protected during your next trip. Our Cancel for Any Reason plans are perfect for the unknown. These plans provide reimbursement for the percentage of the prepaid, non-refundable, forfeited payments you paid for your trip, if you cancel your trip for any reason not otherwise covered by the policy. 

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