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COVID vaccine certificates for US travelersVaccination certificates are a big part of travel, with many destinations offering looser restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers. Using COVID-19 vaccine certificates to prove that you’re fully vaccinated gives you a lot more freedom in terms of where – and how – you travel.
There are several ways to prove your vaccinations status, whether via the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or various digital apps. Read on to find out more about vaccine certificates and how to use them.
1. What are COVID vaccine certificates?A COVID vaccine certificate is physical or digital proof that you have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Having it may exempt you from pandemic-related entry restrictions for many countries. Vaccinated travelers are generally subject to fewer requirements and may not need to test or self-isolate on arrival. Every country is different, so it’s essential to check the latest restrictions before you book.
2. How to use COVID vaccine certificates for international travelCOVID vaccine certificates need to be shown at the airport before you board your international flight. Currently, the US doesn’t have a countrywide digital system of proving your vaccination status to foreign governments. And while your CDC-issued vaccination record card is valid proof, many countries and airlines now have specific apps or digital platforms that require travelers to share their vaccination status digitally ahead of travel.
Popular apps such as the IATA’s Travel Pass, VeriFLY and CommonPass simplify international travel by allowing travelers to submit and store their COVID-19 health credentials. Digital vaccine certificates do not replace your CDC vaccine card, and you should carry it with you every time you are traveling abroad.
Always familiarize yourself with local regulations if you’re planning international travel, as some countries will still require proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test regardless of your vaccination status. This may also be true of entering certain businesses, such as restaurants and entertainment venues.
3. How to use COVID vaccine certificates domesticallyWith the exception of Hawaii, vaccine certificates are not required for domestic travel. However, some states and cities may ask for proof of vaccination – either the CDC-issued paper card, a QR code, or through a digital health pass app – to enter certain venues, businesses, and events. For example, you’ll need proof of vaccination for places like New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as any indoor dining in the city. Check local websites for the latest updates on vaccine requirements.
4. Where to get your COVID vaccine certificateThe CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record card is given to you at your first vaccination appointment. The card lists your name, date of birth, number of COVID-19 vaccine doses received, and the date and location of where you received them. For travel purposes, and in addition to the physical copy, it’s a good idea to create a digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate to safeguard against loss, damage and fraud. Here are some ways you can do it:
Get a digital vaccine certificate through your stateMany states such as New York, California, Colorado, Michigan, and Washington have digital vaccine certificate programs already in place. New York City even has an app, NYC COVID Safe, that allows individuals to upload and share their vaccination records and recent test status. Check if your state is participating in programs that enable you to store and share your vaccination status digitally.
Get a digital vaccine certificate through your local pharmacyPharmacies, such as Duane Reade, Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aide, which have been administering vaccines through the pandemic, may provide digital vaccine records.
Get a digital vaccine certificate through your health providerYour doctor can likely provide you with access to a digital copy of your vaccination status through online portals and apps. Many healthcare providers have partnered with the SMART Health Card system, which generates and stores digital vaccination records.
Get a digital vaccine certificate through an appCLEAR Health Pass and CommonPass are two popular independent apps that generate digital vaccination certificates.
How successful people start their days
If one were to take a wild guess as to the things successful people do each morning, you might assume their days start pretty chaotic and full. Do they jump right into their huge to-do lists, check emails, and run out the door with their phone in one hand and a protein bar in the other?
It might surprise you that some of the world’s most successful people start their days with a very calm, low-key routine. Sounds boring, huh? The key is not necessarily in copying someone else’s specific routine, but in creating time in your morning to start it well. Waking up to chaos and rushing to the office doesn’t get your productivity off to a great start.
Here are a few things you can do to start your day well and put you on the road to greater success.
1. Start the night beforeA productive morning routine starts the night before. If you’re going to the gym, have your bag ready to go. Get your clothes picked out for the next day. Take care of any meal prep or lunches you need for yourself or your family. Having these simple things ready to go prevents “decision fatigue.” Save the first part of your day, when your mind is sharp, for your important decisions rather than burning all your energy on menial ones.
2. Early to bed, early to riseMany of the world’s most successful people get up early — we’re talking like 5 or 6 a.m. This is because that early start gives you the ability to set the right course for your day free of distractions.
“But I’m not a morning person!”
As it turns out, most of us don’t really struggle with getting up. We struggle with going to bed at a reasonable time. It’s a matter of setting your body clock to an earlier schedule on both ends. As a travel specialist, you know very well that a sleep routine is not really related to the number on the clock, but what your body is used to (hello jet lag!). So discipline yourself to go to bed early. Eventually, you will adjust to the new schedule.
3. Natural lightStill feel like you’re going to struggle with the morning thing? Ditch the blackout curtains! Your body’s circadian rhythms were designed to respond to light and darkness. That is why stepping out for some sunshine late in the day can help you prevent an afternoon crash. Letting the morning sun inside will help your body gently accept that “it’s time to get up,” whereas a dark room and a blaring alarm clock will interrupt your sleep cycle abruptly. This can be difficult in seasons with less daylight. If getting natural sunlight in your bedroom isn’t possible, you can buy a special “sunrise alarm clock” that wakes you up with gradual lighting.
4. Don’t reach for your phoneIf you’re not buying into the sunrise alarm idea, at least make sure you’re waking up with an actual alarm clock and not using your phone alarm. The temptation to start your morning scrolling social media or checking emails is just too tempting. Former Google employee, Tristan Harris, calls himself “an expert on how technology hijacks our psychological vulnerabilities.” He says this about waking up with your phone:
“When we wake up in the morning and turn our phone over to see a list of notifications — it frames the experience of ‘waking up in the morning’ around a menu of ‘all the things I’ve missed since yesterday.’”
Do you really want to start your day bombarded with requests, bad news or by playing the comparison game? Keep your phone on the other side of the room if you need to. Start your day by filling your mind with something encouraging and uplifting instead.
5. Drink waterI’m not brave enough to tell a bunch of hard-working travel professionals to cut out coffee, so we won’t even go there! You can keep your coffee, but before you reach for the good stuff, drink at least one large glass of water. Water clears your body of toxins, revs up your metabolism, increases alertness and supports brain function. If you want to take it a step further, add a squeeze of lemon to the water. According to Business Insider, top executives such as Arianna Huffington (Huffington Post) and Brand Lande (Birchbox Man) always start their day with a glass of lemon water. Lemons and other foods high in Vitamin C can help increase nutrient absorption, balancing your energy for the rest of the day.
6. Eat a healthy breakfastDon’t skip breakfast or settle for a drive-thru donut on your way to work. Making the right choice for breakfast can have a huge impact on your energy levels and mental acuity for the whole day. Paleo, Whole30, Keto… Sometimes the recommendations on what to eat can be overwhelming. But whatever your dietary preference, almost everyone can agree that a great breakfast should include foods with high nutritional value. This includes protein (brain food), complex carbohydrates, and colorful produce. Avoid empty calories such as refined sugars and highly processed foods.
7. Get in a workoutWhether it’s pilates or Zumba, laps around the neighborhood or laps at the pool, the important thing is to get moving! Long-term, a daily habit of physical exercise keeps you strong and healthy. But a morning workout routine can also help boost your daily productivity. You will find yourself feeling more energized, focused, and confident. People who work out regularly also experience lower stress levels and a stronger immune system.
8. Write a listDon’t waste your brain space trying to mentally store and organize everything you need to do in the day. Write things down and cross them off as you accomplish them. Writing down your goals at the beginning of the day will also help you prioritize and tackle the things that are most important. Without a set plan, we are likely to brush off our large, uncomfortable tasks until they’re absolutely unavoidable.
The secret of self-discipline“Discipline is remembering what you want.” -David Campbell
While not all successful people share the exact same morning routine, the world’s greatest entrepreneurs and influencers usually have one thing in common: self-discipline. They know what they want and they go for it, guarding themselves fiercely against distractions from all sides.
Do you work from home? Creating a productive routine and minimizing distractions can be a little more challenging for the telecommuter or self-employed travel professional. Learn how to create a highly productive environment in your home office!
When booking a flight you don't want to book only a couple days before and miss out on the best deals. Prices on tickets change on average every 4-5 days on a average of $33 up or down. In these nest few paragraphs I have complied tips on tricks on how you can save money as well as when the best time to book a flight is.
The most important thing to remember is don't wait till the last week. Prices usually go up about 25% during that time. According to cheapAir international flights...."stay fairly flat for a few months, then start to creep up slowly, until abut 90 days before departure when the place of starts to accelerate." The cheapest time to book a flight is within five and a half months and one month prior from departure. Think about it as hitting the sweet spot, trying to book a flight 7 months in advanced you wont get good prices and waiting till the last minute you will get very expensive prices but getting it right in the middle is when the price will be at it's best.
In closing some of the last tips I have is always look for deals and savings! Within the 6 months of looking always be checking up for deals and special sales your airline may be having at the time. You wont always get the cheapest flight or the best deals but there are always ways to get the long end of the stick. The very last and maybe the most important tip I have is when is the best day to book a flight? This always depends on the airline and where you are traveling to but the cheapest day and time is Tuesday at midnight. You can save about 6% on your flights. I hope these short tips can help you next time your booking a flight!
Elbows off the table? Clean your plate like your mother taught you? Not so fast. Food etiquette varies widely from culture to culture and can sometimes appear to have no rhyme or reason. In the Middle East, India, and parts of Africa, keeping your elbows off the table isn’t enough—you’re not supposed to touch anything at the table with your left hand (it’s considered dirty). In France, it’s considered more polite to put your slice of bread on the table than to rest it on your plate. Slurp soup in Japan and no one will bat an eye. Slurp soup in China and you’ll be the Ugly American. In China, eating rice with chopsticks is expected, but in Thailand it’s considered inappropriate (there, you should use a spoon). In Brazil and Chile, don’t eat anything with your hands (no, not even fries). In Italy or Cuba, putting your cutlery on the right side of your plate means you’re done with the meal. But in Spain, you’d place it on your plate to indicate that you’re finished. Clean your plate in Ecuador and you’ll be given seconds, but in Peru cleaning your plate is just considered polite. And remember whenever you sit down to eat in a group outside the U.S., there’s a good chance you should wait for either the host or the eldest person at the table to start eating before you tuck into what’s on your plate.