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Six Travel Tasks Coronavirus Can’t Stop You from Doing

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Most of us are off the road, out of the skies, and at home for a while.

But that doesn’t mean we must stop everything travel-related. There are plenty of fun “housekeeping” duties we can perform from the comfort of home.

Decide Where You Want to Travel

Most of us have destinations we want to visit. And people we want to see.

Now that life is slowing down for a few minutes, make some lists of where you really want to go — and how you’ll get there.

Then jump on deals when coronavirus dies.

Of course, some of us let deals decide where we go. We enjoy mileage runs and mini-vacations (because we’re terrible human beings like that). Those, too, will likely wait for a while. But I won’t be surprised to see some low fares — especially to Asia and Europe.

Figure Out How You’ll Pay for Travel

René is a master of using points to pay for trips — even cruises! (Here’s a great post to get you started.)

Credit card welcome bonuses can significantly offset travel costs. Most of the best credit card welcome bonus offers are in a sidebar to the right (for you desktop readers) or below this post (if you’re on a mobile device). So perhaps use this time to decide which cards can help you achieve your travel goals.

Some of the best travel credit cards are seen inside a wallet.

But don’t get any cards without planning how you’ll reach minimum spend requirements without paying interest or buying stuff you don’t really need.

Keep in mind our friends at Juicy Miles also run an award booking service that can help with mileage redemptions.

Renew Your Passport (or Apply for One!)

I doubt many of us will travel internationally for a while. So this might be a good time to renew your passport if your current one expires within the next year or two. Or if you don’t have a passport — apply now!

Delta Diamond Medallion membership card with passport.

You might even be able to take your own passport photo. If you don’t have the supplies or prefer to leave it to professionals, consider heading to your neighborhood UPS Store, pack-and-ship store, FedEx Office (or Kinko’s to some of us old-timers 🙂 ) or something similar. Aside from that interaction, no other human contact is required. You can print out your application and send it from your home mailbox. Make sure to follow these instructions.

If you’re a Global Entry member, remember to update your passport information. I learned this the hard way.

Renew or Apply for Global Entry

We wrote about Global Entry conditional approval times varying wildly from person to person. (Some spouses were months apart in their approval dates!) Even some of our commenters noted their renewal times took forever.

Global Entry and APC Kiosks, located at international airports across the nation, streamline the passenger's entry into the United States. Photo by James Tourtellotte

Does your Global Entry expire within a year? Or do you not have Global Entry — but want to apply? Start the process now.

Here are some credit cards that waive the Global Entry application fee every four or so years.

Organize Your Travel Supplies

Consider using this time to take inventory of your travel toiletries, locks, adapters, laundry bags, etc.

Throw out ones that are worn or damaged. Replace them with newer supplies. (For what it’s worth, here’s the Amazon page where I start shopping for travel items.)

Travel Virtually

Enjoy travel television shows and videos!

I love the late Anthony Bourdain’s The Layover. I know you can get it on Amazon; I’ve also seen it available on Netflix and Hulu. Check your favorite streaming service.


There’s a ton of fun stuff available on YouTube. (Most new-ish televisions have access to the YouTube app, so you can enjoy great picture quality on your home TV.)

Personally, I’m a sucker for drone videos of major cities. I blogged about some of my favorite pilots and flight attendants I follow on YouTube (and some readers added theirs, too!).

And René has several dozen videos he shot during his travels!

What Are You Doing?

What are your plans during this travel slowdown? Please tell us in the Comments section!

— Chris

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1 Comment

  1. “Renew Your Passport (or Apply for One!)

    I doubt many of us will travel internationally for a while. So this might be a good time to renew your passport if your current one expires within the next year or two. Or if you don’t have a passport — apply now!”

    One of your readers already has. 🙂

    And thought I’d share with you http://www.passportwaitingtime.com, a crowdsourced 31-day rolling average of non-expedited passport turn-around time. Been holding steady last couple weeks, will be interesting to see if the numbers jump once all your readers apply or renew, Chris 😉

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