One recent trend has developed in reaction to the pandemic, namely “trip stacking”. As the name suggests, it involves booking more than one trip at the same time, “stacking” your options in case something goes wrong. And it’s an approach that’s continuing to grow in popularity. After all, if ever we’ve not wanted to waste a trip, it’s when traveling is already such a commitment of time and money —- and a little bit of stress!
So, for example, you might book a week’s vacation in London, but hedge with a week in Helsinki, with a detour to see the Northern Lights. If one falls through — if cases rise or a quarantine is needed — then cancellation policies let you choose one over the other. Often the first option to be booked is the riskier choice, like a time-specific cruise departure, with the second choice being more open-ended. But of course, you should also check that you have thorough insurance coverage.
The U.S. Department of State even recently issued an advisory saying that American citizens choosing to travel internationally should “make contingency plans” in case of changes that are out of their control. That seems to have given the green light to travelers to ensure that they don’t get stranded and that they make their overseas trips worthwhile.