Family travel tips for Easter

24 March 2021

Many families across the country will be embarking on a hard-earned Easter getaway this year, perhaps their first holiday since the lockdown just over a year ago.

Whether you are searching for guidelines to streamline the journey or keep safe upon your arrival at the hotel, the Flight Centre Travel Experts share their Easter family travel tips to help ease your nerves and ensure your holiday is one to remember for all the right reasons.

Research accommodation extensively

You’ll want to make doubly sure that your chosen hotel or guesthouse is following the recommended health and safety protocols to protect the wellbeing of its guests.

Here are our Flight Centre Travel Experts top travel tips for staying safe at a hotel.

In particular, be on the look-out for establishments adhering to the protocols as laid out by the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA). These establishments should be easy to spot as all hotels and guesthouses complying with these protocols are awarded the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) stamp of approval, courtesy of the TBCSA.

Travel easy when you book one of our carefully curated Homegrown Holidays packages and rest assured that all establishments have met the necessary protocols.

There are also some easy, extra precautions that you can take during your stay.

There are also some easy, extra precautions that you can take during your stay.
For example:

  • Sanitising all high-touch areas inside your hotel room when you first arrive, like door handles and light switches. You can rest assured that the housekeeping staff have already done this, but it can’t hurt to do so again for additional peace of mind.
  • Always taking the stairs instead of the lift – remember to avoid touching the hand railings. If your younger kids can’t resist the temptation to touch, try to descend the stairs with them closest to the wall, keeping a solid hold on their hands to avoid any tumbles.
  • Declining housekeeping for the duration of your stay. Some guests will feel more comfortable making their beds, tidying up etc.themselves to avoid any unnecessary contact with others. You can also request that all clean towels and bedding be placed outside your door.
  • Opening the windows to improve the ventilation inside your room.

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Give careful consideration to your itinerary

You’re better off avoiding the crowds as far as possible when enjoying your Easter break. So, plan your itinerary carefully.

For example, instead of planning to stroll through a bustling Easter market, why not visit a farm stall off the beaten track to stock up on artisanal chocolate, farm-fresh eggs, and other treasures? Instead of organising a sight-seeing tour in the middle of a busy city, opt for a private tour of a wine estate or perhaps a private game drive. Of course, as long as the weather allows, it’s always a better idea to choose outdoor adventures instead of indoor activities during these times.

Keep up to date with regulations

COVID regulations and lockdown restrictions can change at short notice. Keep up to date with the news and ensure you are booking a flexible package.

Have complete peace of mind when you travel by booking your domestic accommodation with us, to take advantage of our MoneyBack Guarantee. You can cancel your booking up to 24 hours before check-in, and we will refund your money. No questions asked.

Keep your health and safety routine

Following the recommended health and hygiene practices are just as important – if not more so – when you’re away than when you’re back at home. Don’t let your diligence start to wane just because you’re feeling more relaxed. Continue to wear your face mask in all public spaces, wash or sanitise your hands regularly, keep at least a 2m distance between yourself and others, and avoid touching your face.

Keep these tips in mind, and you’ll be ever-closer to enjoying a wonderful, relaxing Easter long weekend with your loved ones without sacrificing your health or safety in the process. Make the most of every moment!

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