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How to safely stay at an all-inclusive resort

You’ve decided to chance it: your first out-of-the-country vacation since before Covid came. You need a mental and physical break from the routine that is home and work, so you’re heading to an all-inclusive resort. You’re so excited you can hardly stand it: an actual VACATION. AWAY. FROM. THE. U.S. You can’t wait to relax, disconnect from all of those Zoom meetings, and really connect with the beach, the food, the environment, and yourself and those you’re going with.

But wait. It’s not just anticipation and excitement: You are also hoping and trusting that you’ll be safe. Because that’s the bottom line right now: how can you overcome the fears of not being safe?

That’s what I’m focusing on today: How can you have the peace of mind that you’re craving on this vacation? How can you feel safe at that all-inclusive resort?

Before leaving

It’s a good idea to check on the sanitation protocols and requirements at the resort (Tip: ask me to check for you). Most resorts are doing an amazing job of reducing the number of guests at any one time, offering or requiring online check in, providing digitized restaurant menus, and requiring masks when indoors. Protocols vary by property, so it’s a good idea to be prepared.

What to bring

- A mask

- Hand sanitizer (you may not need it, but preparation is always good!) – Remember, you’re now allowed to bring 12 ounces of hand sanitizer in a carry-on bag.

- Clorox wipes or similar in a Ziploc bag (again, you may not need them, but you don’t want to wish you had them with you!)

At the resort

Wear a mask in public areas indoors, and try to stay at least 6 feet away from other people.

When you arrive, it’s a good idea to wipe down the door handles, light switches, phone, the TV remote control, and the bathroom countertop and fixtures (remember those Clorox wipes you packed? This is when you use them).

Scope out all of the dining venues before making a decision where to eat. Some considerations might be whether the seating is indoors or outdoors and how far apart the tables are spaced.

Off-property excursions

Before booking an excursion, make sure to check the company’s cancellation policy. In this uncertain climate, it’s always good to know what your options are in case your travel plans change. I am happy to check the change and cancellation policies for you!

Many excursion companies have really stepped up their game when it comes health and sanitization. They often limit the number of guests, require masks when in close proximity, and sanitize and disinfect high-touch surfaces on a continual basis. I can let you know what to expect for your specific excursion; just ask!

In conclusion: Can you be safe at an all-inclusive resort?

I’m going to defer to your judgment on this one. If you ask me, the answer is a resounding yes. Take the precautions I’ve outlined above and you’ll be in great shape, in my opinion. But the bottom line is that all-inclusive resorts will be safe for YOU only when YOU are ready for them. I’m not trying to convince you to go anywhere right now. I’m just providing the information so that you’ll feel safe when you ARE ready for that relaxing getaway.


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