Unfortunately, COVID-19 continues to be the ultimate party-pooper – impacting a lot of the 2020 wedding season, but also forcing couples to postpone or cancel their honeymoon plans. Perhaps you were in the midst of planning your dream escape, maybe you have put down deposits on hotels and flights and are now wondering if you should cancel or hold out for the chance to take that dream trip.
Should we postpone our honeymoon?
If your honeymoon is planned for anytime between now and July, we’d say it’s best to get in touch with your travel advisor, and any places you have bookings to talk about how to postpone. As disappointing as it is to have to cancel travel plans, the reality is the travel industry will not be back up and running for a number of months. Keep in mind that cancellation penalties get stricter the closer you are to your departure date, so consider airing on the side of ‘better safe than sorry’.
On the bright side, in light of COVID-19, many hotels and airlines are easing their cancellation/ adjustment policies and encouraging couples to postpone their trips rather than cancel.
What about 2021?
As of right now, timing is unknown and it’s hard for any of us to say when we it will be safe to travel again even if the Government of Canada lifts travel restrictions. (If you’re suffering from cabin fever, head over to Pinterest and start some inspo-boards!) When it comes to actually booking a honeymoon for later in 2020 or early in 2021, you should keep a couple things in mind:
- Firstly, even though a hotel or resort may be taking bookings now for future travel, they may not be a viable business by the time you are ready to travel. Check with a travel agent for the best advice on what companies you can trust to still be around.
- Secondly, be prepared to buy travel insurance — specifically cancellation and interruption policies. Read the fine print to be sure that your policy will cover COVID-19 related cancellations.
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Should we consider a Canadian honeymoon?
There are so many awesome places across Canada that you can (and maybe should) consider for your honeymoon. First off, investing money into the Canadian economy will help businesses here at home recover faster from the pandemic. Small businesses like restaurants, boutique resorts and hotels have suffered heavily due to COVID-19 and will need as much support as they can get. Secondly, it is likely that domestic travel will be allowed sooner than international travel, so if you’re itching to go on your honeymoon this year, Canada may be your best option.