Things to do for travellers who can't travel right now

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11. Posted by Ravikumar11 (Budding Member 3 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Good thought Peter.

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12. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 926 posts) 8w 1 Star this if you like it!

I collect recipes when I travel so now is as good a time to try them out;).

13. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1355 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Time to think of ways to help overcome difficulties in future travel, especially with everything happening so quickly and suddenly these days.

Having a mobile phone with cellular voice and data access in the countries you plan to visit is essential. It allows you to be quickly informed and react to change, such as flight cancellations. Airline apps on your mobile phone can notify you of automatic rebookings, or allow you to make changes quickly via the app instead of having to phone and speak to an agent. In some cases, tapping a phone link on an app can get you in touch with an agent more quickly, particularly if you’re within 72 hours of a flight.

If you reside in the U.S. Google Fi provides voice and data service in 200+ countries and territories at modest cost. It has worked well for me worldwide, especially when Wi-Fi is not available in hotels and guest houses.

It’s also important to register travel with your country’s foreign affairs department or ministry. That way you’ll be notified of important developments in the countries you plan to visit. I always enroll trips with the U.S. State Department’s Smart Traveler program. It has alerted me to airline strikes, protests, coups, etc.
Since I planned to be in Jordan, here’s the Smart Traveler notification I received Sunday:

Health Alert – Qatar Airways Flight to the United States on April 2, 2020 (Mar. 29, 2020)

Event: Queen Alia International Airport in Amman is closed for commercial passenger flights until further notice. However, Qatar Airways will offer a commercial passenger flight from Amman to Doha at 1:15 AM on April 2. The flight will offer connections to New York, Chicago, Dulles, and Miami. The U.S. Embassy is aware other embassies are working with Qatar Airways to also book tickets for their citizens on this flight. Travelers should purchase tickets directly from the airline at https://www.qatarairways.com/en/homepage.html.
After purchasing, travelers should send an email [to the Amman consulate's Web site] with a copy of the confirmed ticket. The U.S. Embassy will contact each ticketed passenger directly to advise on transportation to the airport.

I also received similar notifications from U.S. embassies in several of the other countries I had planned to visit on a 70-day trip to India, the Middle East and Europe.

If you have other suggestions and ideas, please share.

A friend and I shortened our trip. We decided to return to the U.S. after spending four wonderful weeks traveling in remote areas of Rajasthan and Gujarat. Our mobile phones alerted us to the problems and difficulties ahead, allowing us to quickly make decisions to cancel, change or rebook. Advance planning for the trip helped identify what flight options were available.

After deciding to drop the Middle East and Europe we booked a Delta Air Lines flight from Mumbai to New York JFK. A couple of days later Delta canceled the flight. Knowing that Emirates Airlines had a flight from Ahmedabad (where we were) to Dubai and then to JFK we called to confirm that it still was going and purchased tickets.

We originally had planned to depart April 29 from Rome.

14. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 926 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Quoting berner256

Having a mobile phone with cellular voice and data access in the countries you plan to visit is essential. It allows you to be quickly informed and react to change, such as flight cancellations. Airline apps on your mobile phone can notify you of automatic rebookings, or allow you to make changes quickly via the app instead of having to phone and speak to an agent. In some cases, tapping a phone link on an app can get you in touch with an agent more quickly, particularly if you’re within 72 hours of a flight.

I would say do not rely on the airline to tell you anything. You have to keep up with news at home yourself. Our flight was suppose to return 12 April and our airline did not notify us of their annoncement to ground all flights. I had the app and I am part of their loyalty program yet I had to find out through a news website from back home. When I did go to our airline website (and there was no information on the app you had to go to the desktop version of their website) they said I had to wait for them to contact me but it would take a few days and had I waited we would have missed the last seats on the last plane home. They didn't cancel our flights at all despite their website clearly saying that after March there would be no more flights. If I had relied on the app I would have thought everything was going to plan. If there is one thing I have learnt from this pandemic never fully disconnect and keep up with news at home and abroad.

15. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1355 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Sorry to hear of your travails. It does pay to keep informed from all sources. This also is a useful tool: https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/

Rather than waiting, sometimes you have to trust your gut and take matters into your own hands based on prior experience. As a rule, I generally try to resolve problems expeditiously and move on. That's particularly so when there's trouble lurking.

16. Posted by julie_asensio (Budding Member 2 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

one thing you can do is obviously plan your next trips and if you are a travel blogger why not taking some advance on your articles ^^, you can also strat to read travel related books or watch documentaries

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