As millions of Americans get vaccinated against COVID-19 and businesses resume normal operations, people are getting ready for vacation. According to TripAdvisor, 67% of Americans are planning to travel this summer.
Of those planning to travel, 74% will take a domestic trip and 13% will travel internationally. Also, millennials report being the most excited to plan trips and get back out there this summer.
If you’re trading your staycation for a getaway, here are some tips to keep you as safe as possible this summer:
- Get vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends delaying travel until you are able to get fully vaccinated.
- Stay domestic. Although Europe continues to open up to fully vaccinated U.S. travelers, the global travel situation is in flux. Some countries are closing their borders again or enforcing strict curfews and mandates.
- Take a road trip. Traveling by car is still safer than flying as it involves less exposure to people.
- Explore the outdoors. Outdoor activities are generally safer. Get outdoorsy or visit small towns to distance yourself from others easily.
- Check travel restrictions. Be flexible and continue checking state and local policies for where you are, along your route and where you are going.
- Keep up with COVID-19 safety precautions. Pack extra masks and hand sanitizer for any outing. Regardless of your vaccination status, you should still wear a mask, avoid crowds and wash your hands frequently when traveling.
If you’re not traveling this summer, use your vacation time to reconnect with friends and family who you’ve missed.
CDC Travel Considerations
If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and travel within the United States, the CDC says you do not need to get tested or self-quarantine after travel. If you are traveling with young children who aren’t eligible yet for vaccination, check out these CDC recommendations.
The most important aspect of traveling is to stay safe and healthy. If you’re not comfortable traveling this summer, you can always start planning your 2022 dream getaway.
This article is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be exhaustive, nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. Readers should contact a health professional for appropriate advice. © 2021 Zywave, Inc. All rights reserved.