October 15, 2021
To better ensure we can deliver to each of our guests the tour we advertised and the experience they expect, we must require that each guest traveling with us (as well as the tour director and driver) is fully vaccinated and has proof of such vaccination to show when required. While this is largely due to more and more venues we travel to requiring vaccinations, we also know in these uncertain times that by adding this requirement to our existing health and wellness measures, we can provide additional peace of mind to our guests and better ensure we can continue to operate our tours as advertised.
Now more than ever, our 30 years of knowledge and tour planning experience helps us navigate a unique travel environment on your behalf. And more than ever we are hearing from our guests, that this is exactly why they travel with us – so they don’t have to worry about any of it! You can put your trust in us knowing we are experts in travel planning and will continue to keep you informed during a very fluid time. We in turn thank you – our guests – for your continued understanding, patience and flexibility both prior to and while on tour with us. While they are traits always needed while traveling, they are needed now more than ever! While you are undoubtedly excited for your tour, you may also have some questions and concerns as we all realize that traveling in this new environment will be an ongoing and evolving experience.
First and foremost, know that we will continue to keep our guests' health, well-being and enjoyment our number one priority by being very intentional and gradual in our approach to our health and wellness measures and our itineraries in this new environment. We will continue to follow CDC, state and local guidelines and adjust our health and wellness measures based on these guidelines and recent trends. And because we know good times begin with peace of mind, we want you to know that for the time being our tours will operate with a number of additional health and wellness measures in place including but not limited to the following:
What We’re Doing to Protect You
Required vaccination of all guests, tour director, driver and step-on guides boarding the motorcoach
Required face masks onboard the motorcoach, trains and airplanes when applicable (except when eating or drinking). Masks are not required outdoors and must be worn indoors if required by the individual business or city/county in which the business exists
Increased air filtration (MERV 13 filters) and cleaning onboard the motorcoach
Our travel partners such as hotels, restaurants, attractions and guide services will be following similar protocols and following guidelines provided by the CDC, state and county in which they do business
Required signed Wellness Pledge from each guest prior to boarding the motorcoach (this document will be sent prior to departure and the tour director always has extras as well.
What You Can Do to Protect Yourself
Carry hand sanitizer with you and use it often in addition to washing your hands whenever possible
Be prepared to follow all established health and wellness measures for the duration of the tour and ensure all members of your traveling party are prepared to do the same
Keep in mind that our established measures may change due to this ever-changing environment we now live in and your tour director will provide the most up-to-date information
Purchase travel protection, either through NTA/AON or through any other travel protection company – a small investment not only protects your funds, but provides countless benefits and peace of mind since travel protection can provide a full refund for specific reasons including illness
One of the best parts of traveling is the dreaming, the planning and the anticipation of departing. Take a look at our line-up of 2021 and 2022 multi-day tours on this website and start dreaming! We will continue to release new single-day tours one month at a time, allowing us to better take advantange of designing tours to destinations that may have only recently reopened or welcomed back groups. Because we are releasing new single-day and new multi-day tours so often, and those that we do release waitlist fairly quickly, we don't have plans to mail a catalog just yet. We will continue to update our travelers via our website and via our weekly e-mailer. Be sure you are subscribed to receive our e-mailer in order to receive the latest news and tours as they become available.
In spite of the challenges and minor inconveniences, traveling is as fun and memorable as ever! It provides a much needed change of pace and scenery along with social interaction that is so important during what can be a very lonely time. Thank you to those that have joined us the last few months and shared with us your stories and photos while on tour with us. We understand that each of you will be ready to return to travel with us at different times depending on your own comfort level, but know that once that time comes, Good Times Travel will be here ready to welcome you back onboard.
While it’s certainly more challenging planning travel in this ever-changing environment, we are proud of the way our team has navigated through the many challenges to provide new experiences and create new memories for our guests back on the road. We have received tremendous positive feedback from our guests regarding the way we have kept an open dialog and continually updated our guests with any necessary changes to their itinerary or our onboard health and wellness measures. We will continue to do that and invite you to reply with any questions or concerns you may have regarding traveling with us.
Let the good times roll!
Good Times Travel
Health & Wellness Measures
Each guest that travels with us deserves a memorable and fulfilling experience. To ensure a healthy and enjoyable travel experience, we have implemented a number of additional health and safety measures including the following:
Each guest traveling with us (as well as the tour director and driver) must be fully vaccinated and have proof of such vaccination to show when required.
Wellness Pledge & Release of Liability Agreement
All guests are required to sign our Wellness Pledge & Release of Liability Agreement prior to boarding the motorcoach. This form will be sent to all registered guests prior to departure.
Please do not return the form to our office. Instead, print it, sign it and give it to your tour director prior to boarding the motorcoach. If you cannot print it or forget it, your tour director will have extras available.
As ordered by the CDC and mandated by the Department of Homeland Security/TSA, face masks are required onboard the motorcoach, trains and airplanes. If you must eat a snack or drink water, please do it as quickly as possible and then immediately put the mask back on. Masks with ventilators, neck gaiters, bandanas and face shields (without a mask underneath) are not acceptable. Guests may remove masks outdoors and vaccinated guests may remove masks indoors where permitted.
Air Filtration & Additional Cleaning
Our local coach operator, Lux Bus America equips their coaches with MERV 13 air filters which remove respiratory droplets while the entire cabin is exchanged with fresh, outside air approximately 6 times per hour.
Specific protocols will vary from hotel to hotel but in general, rooms, restaurants and other guest areas will be deep-cleaned regularly, with rooms disinfected thoroughly between guests. While rooms may not be serviced during your stay, additional towels or other items you may need are available upon request.
We have enhanced our already high levels of training for our tour directors. These highly trained and knowledgeable individuals have the ability to handle a variety of unexpected situations - including illnesses and emergencies. As always, your tour director is there to remove many of the "touch points" involved in travel including the hotel check-in and expedited entry into restaurants, museums and attractions.
In this ever-changing climate these protocols could require adjustment. Your tour director will advise you of any changes or additions. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. And thank you for your time and commitment to these collective efforts needed to travel together safely and securely.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are You Mailing Out Tour Catalogs or Brochures?
At this time we are not mailing out catalogs however our catalog (and our multi-day brochures) are available to view online. Go here to see our catalog in a high-resolution, digital magazine format or view as a low-resolution pdf here. You can also view all of our scheduled 2021 single-day tours and our multi-day tours through May, 2022 on this website. Individual multi-day tour brochures can be viewed and downloaded here.
Is Your Office Open?
Our physical office remains closed to visitors however we are responding to phone calls and e-mails Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. You are welcome to drop something off at our office at any time. If it's not staffed, there is a slot in our front door.
How Are You Deciding Whether to Operate an Upcoming Multi-Day Tour?
The ability to deliver our unique multi-day tours in this rapidly changing environment is evolving on an ongoing basis. We continue to assess tours and the regions they operate on a daily basis and communicate decisions to affected guests as quickly as possible. We are committed to staying up to date with all public health and local government rules and regulations. Therefore, we will make decisions to either operate or cancel/reschedule our multi-day tours 30-90 days prior to departure and communicate any decisions to those guests booked on the tour. And after that, we will continue to proactively contact guests on those tours with any updates to the status of their tour