Available for Interviews: Christopher Elliott
Christopher Elliott is an author, advocate, and journalist. He writes six weekly columns about customer service, with a special emphasis on travel and technology. His work reaches more than 10 million readers a week. You
have likely read his work in USA Today or The Washington Post.
What Travel Expert and Consumer Advocate, Christopher Elliot,
can say about Fall Travel:
“When it comes to travel, COVID-19 is a loose cannon. Just when we thought the worst was behind us – blam! – we get hit with another variant.” says Christopher Elliott.
As people look to their fall trips, they’re also keeping an eye on rising COVID-19 case numbers. And they’re wondering: How do they keep the coronavirus from joining them on their trip?
As we get closer to the Thanksgiving holiday, one of the busiest travel periods of the year, the questions are likely to become more frantic. But there are answers.
Talking Points / Suggested Questions to Explore on
- What are the best options when planning a fall trip?
- How can we ensure that the coronavirus doesn’t join us on our vacation?
- When it comes to being prepared and protected, it’s best to be vaccinated, carry travel insurance, and know the required testing protocols.
- If your risk tolerance level is low, a trip to a region with higher vaccination rates, a road trip, or renting a home might be a wise consideration.
- Places with higher vaccination rates suggest increased respect for preventative measures.
- Avoid COVID hotspots or look for places where COVID trends matter less—e.g. camping, horseback riding, ranch vacations, and hiking.
- Be sure you have packed everything you need: masks, and also proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test in case a border, location, or venue requires such documentation.
- Know where to find entry and exit requirements. Check out a tool like Borderless from insurance company SafetyWing, which helps keep travelers updated with any restrictions and entry requirements worldwide.
- Check the CDC Covid Data Tracker to identify which places are safer and which ones are full of COVID patients.
- European countries have enacted a vaccination mandate for visitors outside the EU.
- Which EU countries are open to US tourists?
A breakdown of EU travel restrictions by country
- Flying to the US from another country?
What to know about new entry rules
- Be ready for COVID-19 guidelines to change while you’re on your trip.
Read Christopher Elliott’s full article from USA Today here:
How to stay COVID-free on your fall vacation: Plan — and then plan some more.
Interview: Christopher Elliott
Christopher Elliott, author of two books which are practical guides that help people make smarter purchases: How To Be The World’s Smartest Traveler (And Save Time, Money and Hassle) (National Geographic) and Scammed: How to Save Your Money and Find Better Service in a World of Schemes, Swindles, and Shady Deals (Wiley). He founded two nonprofit organizations for consumers. Elliott Advocacy is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowers people to solve their problems and helps those who can’t. Elliott.org helps readers through direct advocacy, journalism on an ad-free website, and maintaining the largest database of executive contact information on the Internet. He also co-founded Travelers United, a nonprofit organization that works in Washington to help travelers. Elliott also writes six weekly columns that have a combined reach of 10 million readers, including The Washington Post, USA Today, and Forbes, and his articles can be seen in newspapers and magazines across the country.
In addition to being a nationally recognized expert on customer service, Elliott is an inveterate traveler. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, photography, and scuba diving. His weekly family travel column for USA Today chronicles his never-ending journey around the world with his three children. Elliott is based in Prescott, Arizona.
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