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Tips for traveling to Europe in 2022

Want to go on a trip in times of coronavirus? Discover our recommendations and tips for going on vacation in Europe in 2022.

With the reopening of the borders, many are dreaming of adventure and a change of scenery. However, in an uncertain period like the one we are currently experiencing, travelers tend to turn to Europe and are still hesitant to go to more distant lands.

Semana Santa is approaching and summer will soon be on its way. So, what should you take into account to organize your holidays this year? Discover all our recommendations to plan your next trip.

Please note that non-EU travelers will need a Schengen visa (click here) or ETIAS to visit Europe from 2022.

Find out about travel restrictions

Travel restrictions are a new reality that has taken root in people’s minds over the past two years. This advice may seem obvious, but it is essential to consult the entry requirements of your destination country before leaving for the airport.

This is no longer a novelty, each country has its own rules: PCR test, quarantine, health form, wearing a mask, etc. Since July 1, 2021, the European health certificate has facilitated travel, but some countries still require a test from vaccinated people, including Austria or Cyprus, for example.

Keeping you informed of the rules in force will help you find an accessible destination to spend your holidays with complete peace of mind.

Choose the right destination

Once you have found an accessible country, the next step is to figure out where to travel locally. The criteria and desires of travelers have changed since the start of the pandemic and outdoor destinations are increasingly popular.

Europe is full of natural spaces where you can recharge your batteries and get away from the crowds: Finland, Scotland, Iceland, Slovenia, Switzerland and much more. Spain is not to be outdone with its dozens of natural parks, far from the bustle of Barcelona or Madrid.

A new trend is the democratization of telework. More and more travelers are combining vacation and remote work. If this is your case, keep in mind that it is important to choose a destination with a good Internet connection.

Prioritize local tourism

Travel restrictions have allowed travelers to explore their own region and local tourism is increasingly becoming part of travel habits. Climate issues and support for the local economy are also at the heart of this development.

Catalonia is a beautiful and varied region, located between sea and mountains. There is no shortage of excursions departing from Barcelona: Congost de Mont Rebei, Catalan Pyrenees, Ebro Delta, Costa Brava, Girona, Vic… There is something for everyone.

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If you prefer to get away from Catalonia, Spain has an incredible diversity of natural landscapes, lively cities and charming villages. It is not necessary to travel to the other side of the world to go on an adventure.

Know how to be flexible

Although the health situation is gradually improving, it is still too early to speak of a return to stability. It is therefore strongly advised to opt for flexible reservations with the possibility of modification or cancellation (hotels, flights, activities) in the event of unforeseen events.

Travel insurance has always been recommended but is vital for organized trips in 2022. Indeed, most insurances now cover costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic such as a sudden quarantine or a visit to the doctor.

Finally, the traveler himself must know how to be flexible and able to adapt to last minute changes. Think of a plan B if the activities you have planned are no longer possible or in the event that restrictions are tightened in your destination country.

Opt for a long-term stay

This advice applies more to travel outside of Europe, particularly if the country imposes a quarantine on visitors. A longer stay will allow you to make the most of the time spent isolating yourself once you arrive at your destination and to fully enjoy your trip.

But, once again, telework offers new possibilities for travellers, especially in Europe. If you have the opportunity to work remotely, why not extend your holiday by a week or two while working from home to stay abroad longer.

In this way, you will be able to discover your destination in greater depth and work in a new setting to break away from the daily routine at home or at the office.

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