Navigating Travel Advisories and Travel Strikes

The thing about travel is that you can expect constant changes in an ever changing world. As a travel agent, you’ll have to stay abreast of all the significant things that are happening in the places that you are sending your clients to. In the past few weeks, Jamaica and the Bahamas have been in the news for having travel warnings against them, while public transport strikes have been taking place all across Europe. Navigating travel advisories and travel strikes as a travel agent is simply part of the job. 

The U.S. State Department recently re-instated travel warnings against Jamaica and Bahamas, claiming violent crimes are rampant. A Level 3 travel advisory on Jamaica has been in place since 2022 and a Level 2 advisory on the Bahamas for several years – this remains unchanged. Technically speaking, these destinations are not any more “dangerous” now than a couple of years ago. When it comes to these travel advisories, you have to keep in mind that the tourist-centric areas are mostly unaffected. As long as your clients remain in the resort and use trusted suppliers for outside excursions, they’re likely to be just fine. Of course, anything is always possible during travel. Urge clients to always remain vigilant and careful anywhere they go.

Meanwhile, public transport strikes have been taking place in Spain, Italy, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Trains are a popular mode of transport in Europe, so it’s very possible for clients’ multi-city travel plans to get affected by these strikes. As a travel agent, you really can’t do anything about a destination’s social, economic, and political affairs. All you can do is remain updated on these current events and advise your clients accordingly.

Navigating travel advisories and travel strikes, along with any other current events that may be taking place in the world, can seem daunting. However, all it really takes is staying informed and doing your best to provide your clients with an excellent experience.