Submitted by Michelle Gaudet, CTC
Aug 19th, 2021 VOL. 2 ISSUE 26
Travel is on its way back!
Although not at 2019 levels, travel and tour companies are anticipating a robust 2022, as people are eager to explore again. Within Canada, cross-border or internationally, adventures great and small are possible with a little extra forethought and patience. Even though travelling will look somewhat different moving forward, it is still absolutely worth the effort for all the rewards it offers. Creating great memories with family and friends, having new experiences and being aware of the world that exists outside our little corner, are just to name a few. Are you excited to get back to travelling? Then this is the column for you.
Welcome! I am thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce myself to you as the newest contributor to the Fort Erie Observer as their in-house travel expert. I am excited to be able to connect with my community while sharing my love of travel and adventure.
To tell you a little about myself, I’m a Certified Travel Counsellor, group travel host, writer, photographer and owner of Inspired Travel Adventures based in Ridgeway.
In 2016, my husband and I took our 2 young kids on a 4-month backpacking adventure through Peru and Bolivia and it was an experience that changed my path in life. When we returned from our trip I knew I wanted to help others experience the joy of travel especially in sustainable ways that are empowering to the communities & destinations visited. I switched my career focus from event management to training to become a travel advisor. Since opening in 2018, my travel agency has won multiple first-place Readers’ Choice Awards and has been featured in a number of travel trade publications.
Now we come to the most important part, what to expect from this feature travel column every month. My goal is to bring you beautiful destinations, unique experiences, travel tips, and inspiring ways to enjoy our wonderful world. I will have several first-hand travel experiences to share over the coming months with trips planned to Costa Rica, Mexico, Jamaica. I’ll also be leading a local group of travellers to explore Machu Picchu in Peru next Spring.
For this month, I will leave you with a few tips to make planning your next adventure easier in the coming months.
- Pack your patience. This is new for everyone and most people are doing their best. Long wait times on the phone for airlines and tour companies are the current normal. Be patient and be kind.
- Check the travel requirements and then check again. Entry requirements to other countries are changing on a sometimes daily basis. Just because a country doesn’t require a Covid test or vaccine now, doesn’t mean they won’t 3 months from now. Make sure to check all the health and testing regulations when you book your travel. Once booked you should be checking for updates regularly right up until your departure to make sure you are current on the requirements.
- Use a travel professional. Now more than ever working with a trusted travel professional is crucial. All countries have different entry requirements when it comes to vaccines and covid testing. Working with a Travel Counsellor will ensure you know exactly what you are booking, including all the terms and conditions for cancellations and rescheduling. You will have access to a real person that is working for you and your vacation. Make sure to only work with professionals that are registered with the TICO (Travel Industry Council of Ontario) as they are the only ones that can legally sell travel in Ontario.
Do you have a travel-related question I can answer or a destination you would like featured? Send me an email at Michelle@InspiredTravelAdventures.ca
Michelle Gaudet, CTC