And that means family gatherings (though maybe smaller or more socially distanced than in years past). Gift giving. Recipe sharing.
If those last two words don’t exactly have you jumping for joy, we get it. We’re pretty sure everyone does. So why not take a little time now to plan the best way possible to travel for the Holidays? We’re here to help.
Holiday 2021 Travel Trends
Of course, since we’re still not entirely out of the woods with the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has also issued a new set of safe travel guidelines for the 2021 winter Holidays. If your Holiday travel plans involve boarding aircraft, de-planing, and navigating airports (and UBER or LYFT rides), you’re definitely going to need to have a mask or two handy.
Late 2021 is not late 2020 (or certainly not early or mid-2020), however. Many Americans are now fully vaccinated and accustomed to dealing with our new daily reality. You might say their motto could be “have mask, will travel.” Vacation rental site Evolve recently conducted a survey of more than 5,000 travelers, and a full 32% said they aren’t factoring the Delta variant of the coronavirus into their travel plan at all. Of the travelers who did respond that it’s a factor, nearly half (46.5%) said they’re not considering canceling their plans due to the Delta variant “until much closer to the trip dates.”
Industry titan Travel + Leisure has also weighed in with its insightful and helpful Holiday travel guidance and analysis. A recent article of theirs noted that online travel booking site Priceline is projecting Monday, Nov. 15, as the busiest travel day for Thanksgiving — in other words, a full 10 days before the Holiday. The second busiest? You guessed it. The day before Thanksgiving (Wednesday, Nov. 24).
When it comes to Christmas, Travel + Leisure (this time utilizing data from online booking engine Kayak) is projecting Wednesday, Dec. 22 as the busiest pre-Christmas travel day, with Tuesday, Dec. 28 ranking as the most hectic post-Holiday travel day.
Travel + Leisure also suggests booking your Holiday airfare as soon as possible, as rates always rise the closer the big days get. They cite “experts suggest taking advantage of the flexible cancellation policies offered by travel companies.”
Jewelry Travel Tips: For Any Season
Maybe you’re the type of person who doesn’t really like to bring much jewelry along when you travel. But if you do opt to travel with your valuable, valued jewelry piece or pieces, there’s always some smart “trip tips” you can apply before you hit the road (or the friendly skies).
These include low-effort/low-cost protection options like buying a jewelry organizer (or transforming a pill case into one); organizing your earrings with buttons; storing your rings and/or earrings in plastic sandwich bags; and more. They also encompass “smart decisions” such as only packing jewelry in your carry-on bag or bags (especially if you change flights during your travels); traveling with a designated jewelry bag at all times; never wearing your rings down at or anywhere near the beach or ocean; and more.
There’s a lot that can go wrong when you travel, and even the most road-hardened amongst us aren’t always at our best when things like jet lag, road fatigue, early-hour departure times, or traffic jams start to set in. Why take on an added risk when it comes to your treasured jewelry?
An Extra Layer of Protection: Insurance from Zillion
There’s something else you can do before you embark upon your Holiday travel adventure, too. Something that will really help protect your jewelry out there, wherever you may find yourself:
A jewelry insurance policy from Zillion.
When you decide to quickly and easily purchase a Zillion jewelry insurance policy with just one click, you’ll immediately have more to be thankful for. And remember, a brand new jewelry piece (paired with an affordable policy with Zillion) makes for a fantastic Christmas present. You can get your fast, free quote on our site right now.
Simply put, Zillion is here to help you wear it with confidence — wherever and whenever you choose. Here, there, everywhere. On a train or on a plane. In the car, near or far. Well, you get the picture. Safe travels, everyone. And Happy Holidays!