COVID Travel Information
We at Travel Your Backyard are very aware of the travel limitations during this time of COVID-19. Committed to working with hotels with an updated cleanliness policy we will switch out hotels from our standard packages if they fail to meet the standards that will help curb the spread. There is no guarantee of any real-time implementation but we will work with you if hotels on your tour do not meet the standards they have set.
We are also keeping up with local travel policies on a state, county, and city level and will make sure you are informed of any current regulations in the places you are traveling to.
While many of our itineraries include large cities, our focus and love is for nature and off-the beaten track destinations where social distancing is still possible. Nature is always open and ready to take you out of your day-to-day grind for a break from reality. We may advise different hotels outside the larger cities during this time period, but on the positive side you’ll get to experience something different than the norm.
For the highest level of service, choose our Custom Tours option. We will help you plan a trip based on your level of comfort and offer the best travel destinations available depending on the state you live in and current state mandates across the country. Travel Your Backyard can get you out and exploring in the safest way possible! And we will make sure you know any testing requirements and how to achieve them before you leave.
Here are your options: Travel Your Backyard can plan your perfect vacation, then send you all the information you need to book the trip yourself for one-flat non-refundable fee or book your overnights and experiences and continue to monitor and advise you until you head back to your home.
For our standard tours, cancellation policies are listed and we strongly recommend travel insurance. Our preferred partner, TravelSafe, offers Cancel For Any Reason plans.
For our custom trips, you will be advised before you book of any restrictions currently in place and the cancellation policies that apply. If travel restrictions change between time of booking and start of journey to impede your ability to travel, we will work to get as many cancellation fees waived as possible! But we still recommend travel insurance, just in case.
In addition, we are closely monitoring any unrest or protests in the destinations we are offering and will choose hotels or changes to our itineraries in order to avoid hot spots and keep your vacation as safe as possible. If a situation arises between your booking and prior to departure that requires last-minute changes to your itinerary, Travel Your Backyard will not charge any change fees and will make every effort to find the most similar overnights to your original itinerary as possible so your trip can continue as planned.
Travel in 2021 may look different than ever before, but we will work hard for you to have the best vacation possible!
Decide if you can travel safely. Do not travel if you are sick or if you have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days. If you are at higher risk, consider postponing travel. CDC guidance on increased risk is available here
Get an annual flu vaccine. A flu vaccine is an essential part of protecting your and your family’s health this flu season.
Wear a mask. Wearing a mask with two or more layers can help stop the spread of COVID-19. Wear it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin. Make sure it fits snugly against the sides of your face. Avoid touching your mask, eyes, nose and mouth. Wear a mask at all times when in public, indoors and outdoors, except when eating, drinking and sleeping.
Practice physical distancing, when possible. Stay six feet from those who do not live with you, both indoors and outdoors, as even those without symptoms can spread COVID-19.
Wash your hands frequently. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, including after using the bathroom and being in a public place, or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
Before travel, check information about your destination. Check health departments for local requirements and the most up-to-date travel information about your destination.