Those looking ahead to ski and snowboard season may want to consider picking up an Epic Pass now. It’s currently 20% off, but the price goes up on September 6th. The Epic Pass gives you access to all Vail Resorts-owned and operated resorts including, Whistler Blackcomb, Vail, Park City and others.
Although I can’t say for sure, if COVID-19 is still a global pandemic next year, odds are many companies will extend their windows or allow you to rebook.
Check for any rules that may be in place
As countries start to welcome visitors, it’s essential to read about any rules that they may have in place.
In the Caribbean, countries such as Jamaica, Aruba, Barbados, Belize and the Bahamas are already open to Canadians. That said, you still need to check the rules are for entry. For example, if you’re not fully vaccinated, you may need to quarantine. You may also need a negative PCR test with 72 hours of your flight.
Over in Europe, the travel ban has been slowly lifted, but the rules are all over the place. Pay particular attention to which vaccines are accepted without having to quarantine; some countries are allowing certain mixes, but not all of them. Asia appears to be more cautious as not many countries in the region have indicated when they’ll start allowing international visitors.
Keep in mind, too, that when returning to Canada, you need to have a negative PCR test before your flight. If you’re fully vaccinated, you don’t need to stay at a quarantine hotel or quarantine at home.
As things are constantly changing, it’s best to check directly with the airlines, provinces and countries on your proposed itinerary to see the current rules before you make plans to travel.
Ensure that you’re protected with travel insurance
Travellers who had their flights cancelled due to COVID-19 quickly found out that their travel insurance didn’t automatically qualify them for a full refund. Moving forward, you’ll need to do some extra due diligence to find out what exactly you’re covered for before you book anything.