by Kevin Roberts of Cranky Concierge

We’re sure you’ve seen or will see the news of the omicron variant’s emergence along with the subsequent reactions by governments around the world. We are monitoring what rules countries are putting into place, and if you’re impacted, we’ll let you know. But today, we’re writing to address the latest testing change for entry here in the US, something that will impact most of our clients. Today, President Biden released a statement that indicates how the US plans to move forward into the winter. You can view it in its entirety here but the primary change affecting travel is a change in testing timelines. Here is exactly what it says:

“Strengthening global pre-departure testing protocols: Early next week, the United States will tighten pre-departure testing protocols by requiring all inbound international travelers to test within one day of departure globally, regardless of nationality or vaccination status. This tighter testing timeline provides an added degree of public health protection as scientists continue to assess the Omicron variant.” [emphasis added]

While the gut reaction may be to panic -

We view this as a positive sign that the US is not planning to close borders to foreign travelers again. Instead, they are simply tightening up the testing requirement from 3 days prior to 1 day prior. A quick reminder: the US does not currently require PCR testing which could have a much longer turnaround time to get results. There are test kits you can even purchase before travel and bring them with you, so barring future changes, this shouldn’t be a big hurdle for travel.

If you want to keep up to date on changes, our friends at Sherpa continue to be a great resource to find and keep up with COVID-related travel restrictions. It provides information in a clear way and links to the source material so you can confirm accuracy.

We are looking forward to helping many of you with your holiday travels this year!

Cranky Concierge

Original blog post can be found here: Cranky Concierge Blog

4470 Atlantic Ave #17982
Long Beach CA 90807
United States

By: Southeast Asia Journeys

We have all been looking forward to being able to travel back to our favorite countries in Southeast Asia and as the region slowly opens up to tourism, we know everyone is wondering, how safe is it to travel? Is the Covid situation under control? What are the vaccination rates like?

No one wants to put a country's population at risk, and there are many things to consider, so we hope the numbers below can bring some clarity and help in your travel planning.

CAMBODIA
Cambodia is currently reporting very low infection numbers, which is attributed to the country’s successful vaccination campaign. The vaccination campaign has received praise around the world and not only does Cambodia have a higher vaccination rate than its neighbors Thailand, Vietnam and Laos, but it is now one of the most vaccinated countries in the world.

Covid Case Numbers
Confirmed new cases as of November 6, 2021: 73
3 infections per 100K people reported in the last 7 days
9% of peak

Vaccination rates
Please note that the Cambodian government does not have an accurate census of the population which throws off their vaccination percentages (which is why the reported numbers are sometimes greater than 100%).
Adults 18+: 100%
Children 12-18: 98%
Children 6-11: 102%
Children 5 and under: 51%

THAILAND
Covid infections are decreasing in Thailand and are at their lowest since Thailand entered their 3rd wave of Covid in April 2021. The government is aiming to have 70% of the population fully vaccinated by the end of November.

Covid Case Numbers

Confirmed new cases as of November 6: 8,467
81 infections per 100K people reported the last 7 days
37% of peak

Vaccination rates
Thailand started the vaccination of children ages 12-17 in October and plans to vaccinate 3 to 11 year olds at the start of 2022.
Adults 18+: 46%

LAOS
Laos is currently experiencing its worst Covid wave with new infections reaching new highs every day. The vaccinations are going slowly and the country is dependent on donations from COVAX. At the current vaccination rate, the government’s goal is to have 50% of the population fully vaccinated by the end of the year.

Covid Case Numbers
Confirmed new cases as of November 6: 960
89 infections per 100K people reported the last 7 days

Vaccination rates
The Lao government are currently only vaccinating adults and no decision has been made on vaccinations of children.
Adults 18+: 39%

VIETNAM
The "new normal" began in October 2021 and Vietnam is feeling its way into post-pandemic life. Daily cases are increasing mainly outside the main cities as the movement of people has increased, but new infections are less severe amongst those vaccinated. As more people are vaccinated daily the trend should show numbers begin to decline again within the next couple of weeks.

Covid Case Numbers
Confirmed new cases as of November 6: 7,491
41 infections per 100K people reported the last 7 days
47% of peak

Vaccination rates
Vietnam is rapidly picking up the pace of administering vaccinations to its population now that there is an increase in vaccine deliveries arriving and being made available. Until September the focus was on vaccinating the 18+ adult population. From October there is now a proactive push on vaccinating 12 to 17 year olds. The decision around ages up to 11 years old is still pending.
Adults 18+: 29,8%

CONCLUSIONS
The decision to travel to a country that’s still being majorly impacted by the Covid pandemic is one to be thought through. If you’d like some help planning your trip or simply deciding if now is the right time to go, consider a one-hour Travel Coaching call with one of Kaanect’s Southeast Asia specialists.

                 

Travel Philosophy: 

IC Bellagio was born out of just such a passion for Italy. And it is that passion that drives us to travel throughout the country year in and year out searching for experiences that will bring travelers closer to their Italian dream. We pride ourselves in crafting a personalized journey for each and every traveler. 

Travel Specialty: 

An award-winning destination management company for Italy, IC Bellagio offers bespoke travel experiences, chauffeur driven tours and transfers and exclusive villa rentals for the discerning traveler. From Italy’s rich history to its design-focused present, with a whole host of offbeat, non-Googleable experiences in the mix, IC Bellagio prides itself on providing the unpredictable – whatever your whim. 

About IC Bellagio: 

IC Bellagio knows the power of being a good listener. Clients are encouraged to share their dream tour of Italy, along with all their pet peeves and must-haves. After all, the more we know, the better the chance we can exceed the client’s expectations. No off-the-rack solutions here: every itinerary is tailor-made to fit all clients’ curves and edges. And we welcome feedback after the trip as well, making sure to follow up on every detail – both the good and the bad. After all, IC Bellagio is not only committed to maintaining their high standards, but also pushing ourselves to reach even higher. Clients want to work with destination specialists who get it – true professionals with the deep understanding that comes with twenty years’ experience in the industry. IC Bellagio creates bespoke itineraries for thousands of clients every year. Valuable client feedback coupled with regular on-site visits and personal relationships with suppliers across Italy means IC Bellagio really knows what will work for any client. IC Bellagio prides itself on communication that is straightforward, precise and efficient. Right from the word go, clients feel confident in the professionalism and inspired by the enthusiasm of our team. We provide quick, clear responses to any queries and the kind of on-the-ground, real-time service that can only come from working from inside Italy. Each client traveling with IC Bellagio has a personal Guest Ambassador on direct dial. That means 24/7 access to a real human being who speaks the client’s language and can handle anything that comes up during the stay. They provide that extra special touch, making a welcome call upon arrival and checking in throughout the trip. And if an itinerary changes, an emergency arises or clients just need a sympathetic ear, the Guest Ambassadors are always just a phone call away. A lot of energy, passion and expertise goes into seeking out unique experiences for IC Bellagio’s clients. All of our guides and drivers are trusted partners we have worked with for many years. That means the destinations and activities we sell actually live up to the hype: from a private fashion show in one of Milan's couture ateliers to hiking a Via Ferrata in the Dolomites. 

Social Media:

https://instagram.com/ic_bellagio

https://instagram.com/influenced_by_icbellagio

                   

Travel Philosophy: 

Over 30 years ago we encountered Africa and fell in love with its awesome beauty. Ever since, we’ve been spreading the word, sharing our passion so that your clients can also experience the best of Africa. In the best possible way. This means matching their individuality to a unique blend of places and experiences that fulfill their dreams and extend their horizons. It also means fighting to protect these fragile places and working with others who share our values. We are committed to playing our part in conserving the remote places and amazing wildlife of Africa and to helping its people to thrive. We work in partnership with highly respected NGOs including TUSK and Send a Cow and each year we give at least 10% of our net profit to these and other causes. We also strongly prefer to use safari camps and lodges which have effective conservation programs and which operate in collaboration with surrounding communities. 

Travel Specialty: 

Africa Exclusive is one of the world’s leading safari specialists. We personally know Africa’s finest safari lodges and camps and its most accomplished guides. For 30 years we have created extraordinary, unique safaris for our discerning clientele. Each holiday is expertly arranged to exactly meet each client’s requirements and interests. Born from a passion for Africa’s wildlife and wild places we remain under the inspired private ownership of our founders.

Blog: 

https://safari.co.uk/blog/

Social Media:

https://www.instagram.com/africaexclusive/

https://www.facebook.com/africaexclusive

https://twitter.com/africaexclusive

                   travel partner canyon ranch

Travel Philosophy: To inspire your "well way of life, lifelong."

Travel Specialty: Wellness

About Canyon Ranch: 

Canyon Ranch is a collection of Wellness Resorts & Retreat with customized programming to prevent and overcome medical professional burnout and inspire guests to pursue their “Well Way of Life”. At Canyon Ranch we meet our guests where they are and help them optimize their individual performance with evidence based wellness programing in areas of: Health & Performance, Mind & Spirit, Nutrition & Food, Fitness & Movement and Spa & Beauty. You will learn tools to continue life wellbeing. Choose your destination: All-inclusive Canyon Ranch health resorts in Tucson, Arizona and Lenox, Massachusetts offer a full-immersion experience of our world-class integrative health and wellness services. In fall 2019, Canyon Ranch debuts its first wellness retreat in Woodside, California. Three- and four-day holistic retreats for like-minded individuals or groups are guided by Canyon Ranch philosophies. Canyon Ranch aims to inspire people to make a commitment to healthy living, turning hopes and intentions into the highest enjoyment of life through fun and unique activities, wellness presentations and wellness services. 

Learn More About Canyon Ranch - Blog: 

https://www.canyonranch.com/well-stated/

Confession time: I have always found traveling stressful. That’s right, from that first solo trip to Australia at 7 years old to a quick flight to LA to speak at a conference at 41, I have never been a relaxed traveler. I think this is partly why I’m a good travel coach…I haven’t sailed through life, breezily boarding flights while laughing about the ones I’ve missed, heck no, I go over packing lists, I arrive at the airport way earlier than necessary and I sit at the gate doggedly waiting for boarding to start, refusing to let my kids leave to get a snack in case they aren’t back in time! When I coach people with travel fears and worries I can relate! Just because I’ve done it a lot, doesn’t mean It's smooth emotional sailing!

Over the years I have learned not to change my behavior completely, but at least to laugh at myself and rein it in a bit. Then COVID! Entry requirements, tests needed, full flights with not even 6 inches of distance let alone the 6 feet we’ve become used to.

Travel in the Age of COVID

The first time we travelled was to Hawaii after Christmas for a week break in a villa on the beach. All eight of us! Eight flights that kept changing based on updated schedules and what worked with testing, eight required negative COVID tests done 48 hours before we traveled, eight people packed and wearing masks and eight people to keep safe and entertained AND masked for an entire flight. A week before we left I had gone over my mental checklist and prep list so many times it had become a mantra and I called my sister to tell her it wasn’t worth it. This was too much. My directive as a mother was to keep my kids safe, yet here I was jumping through burning rings of fire in an attempt to possibly put them in harms way. She laughed and told me she would see me there…she is not an anxious traveler. And she was right. We got eight flights booked, we got eight negative COVID tests and we got eight people fed, entertained and masked to Hawaii. Then we picked up the rented minivan, got to our villa and remembered how fun family and pools and vacations and travel all are!

Travel Post COVID - Belize

Today my two older kids and I arrived in Belize. While Hawaii was during the pandemic this trip is post (I feel that word is being used loosely) pandemic. Less anxiety right? Heck no! Masks are still required and while I’m vaccinated my youngest isn’t and every cough on the full planes find my eyes on him, making sure his mask is up. While three was definitely easier than eight, we still had to get negative tests and proof of vaccination and packed and entertained and masked.

But then we arrived and like every trip I’ve ever taken in my life, it was worth it! To be out exploring again, to be adventuring! To be living in the world!

So I did the mental checklists, I jumped through the hoops and we made it! But as a travel coach I feel the collective anxiety of my fellow American travelers and the fear of the post pandemic world. We’ve spent a year sheltering, protecting ourselves and our loved ones and then it seemed as if overnight the world opened back up and we are encouraged to skip back out into it. And we should…guides, drivers, hotel staff, they all desperately need us to get back out there. And I encourage you to go, but I also want to recognize the anxiety of it, the added stresses of the testing and masking and no six feeting! This is an anxious time, we are all struggling to come to terms with what we’ve lost, what we’ve gained and what the next year will look like. It’s okay to admit that travel is scary and it’s okay to feel that anxiety. If now isn’t the time for you and your family that’s okay, if it is the time, that’s okay too. I’m owning my anxiety, I’m declaring it worth it and I am giving myself grace to return to the world and myself. But what's a coach without some tips for getting through it.

My Top Five Tips for Post COVID Travel

1. Use a travel planner for your destination of choice. They will know the entry requirements and can help you figure out what to expect, as well as make sure you're booked into tours, hotels, etc that are following COVID safety practices.
2. Use Cranky Concierge! Airlines are not fully staffed and remember, they've had an 18 month break as well. They are struggling to get back up to speed and we've been hearing a lot of reports of delayed flights, lost luggage etc. On our flight to Belize we were delayed, missed our connection and had to be rerouted through LA with a night there, Cranky Concierge makes those changes stress free!
3. Get there early! People are jumping back into travel, but the infrastructure isn't built back up yet so security lines are long and giving yourself some extra time won't make the lines less boring, but will make sure you make the flight at the end of them
4. Be kind! We've heard about air travelers raging against mask rules, getting stressed and unhappy about flight delays and blowing their tops when things don't go as they should. Remember, what we learned in the last 18 months is that travel is a privilege, the world is a gift and we are all in this together!
5. Recognize your own fears and how they might manifest in feelings of frustration or anger. Like I did above, admit what the fear/anxiety are about, make a plan to negate them as much as possible and then recognize them as they rear their ugly head and don't let the fear and anxiety change how you want to show up for your reentry into the world!
If you're looking to get back to traveling, but are facing some fears or want to discuss where, when, why or how, we're here for you, book an hour coaching session and by the end you'll be ready to make the leap!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cranky Concierge is the world's premier air travel assistance company, and we wouldn't travel without them. They'll help find the best options for the specific situation, make the reservations, then work to help should schedule changes cause any issues. They're also proactively monitoring our flights making sure we get to where we're going. If we run into flight-related trouble, we can rest easy knowing they're on the case and are working on getting us back on track.
Cranky Concierge recommends keeping these things in mind when looking at airfare:

Of course, they'll be doing that for you, which is why we highly recommend them and encourage you to work with them to secure your airfare. We've arranged for our clients to have special pricing, which is available at http://crankyconcierge.com/kaanect

kaanect
KAANECT 2021©
 - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED - 
PRIVACY POLICY
envelopephone-handset linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram