Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Flying Through Swine Flu Worries: What You Need to Know

With concern increasing over swine flu, many of us have started researching travel recommendations and guidelines to keep ourselves in-the-know. One of the most comprehensive articles published yesterday covered plane safety and common travel concerns, and set some facts straight. On your way to your luxury hotel, there are a few steps that you can take for a worry-free trip.

Dr. Mark Gendreau advised that we simply become more aware of our personal hygiene, and to be more aware of other's health around us. Wash your hands regularly and apply anti-germ treatments with an alcohol base, which is easy to tuck in your carry-on, and consider bringing a mask to offer someone who is coughing, sneezing, or looking ill. Dr. Gendreau also suggests keeping the air vent over your seat on low and pointing it so the air flow is directly in front of your face. If someone happens to be ill near you, anything in the air will be directed away from your face. Then again, if you are traveling in first class to your luxury hotel, you won't have nearly as much contact with others as you would in coach.

Now that you know the basic precautions, let's move on to getting those Exclusive Perks in far-off places. In turbulent times, one of the best things to do is to plan a luxury resort escape away from the bustle. Try the Turks and Caicos Islands' luxury hotels in Providenciales, like the oceanside Grace Bay Club. This spot was the first luxury hotel on the Turks and Caicos, and when you book through What a Hotel, you get additional perks such as a dinner at Anaconda for two (up to $100 value), a full breakfast for two daily, a bottle of champagne upon arrival, and penalty-free early check-in and late check-out if available. Another option is the Parrot Cay & COMO Shambhala, which is surrounded by sandy beaches and acres of secluded jungle. With a five night booking at Parrot Cay & COMO Shambhala, you will get complimentary breakfasts for two daily, a complimentary lunch, and a bottle of champagne and a fruit basket upon arrival.

If you are still uncomfortable flying, don't forget that there are plenty of luxury hotels located just a drive away.


  1. Going to be staying at Mayakoba Resort in the coming days/weeks and feel safe to travel there. any comments?

  2. Traveling to Mayakoba next week and things sound fine there. Any feedback?