As the number of people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 continues to climb, the topic of travel is coming up often. If you are one of the 81 million adults who have received both vaccinations, you might be wondering if and how you can safely enjoy a summer getaway. Experts say it is becoming safer to travel domestically once again, as long as you heed some common-sense advice.
Guidelines for Planning a COVID-19 Summer Trip
First, remember that it takes two weeks after your second shot for your immunity to build up. So, any travel plans you are making should take that time frame into account.
As you begin planning, there are other factors you should keep in mind:
- Research COVID-19 numbers for your desired destination: While vaccines do a good job of protecting you, they aren’t 100% effective. You’ll likely want to avoid places where cases are spiking, especially if the surge is linked to variants of the virus. By choosing a vacation spot where coronavirus numbers are stable, you can lower your risk for contracting it.
- Investigate quarantine requirements: Some destinations are still requiring travelers to quarantine upon arrival. That can cut into your vacation time. Also be aware that if you travel internationally, you will likely need to show a negative COVID-19 test result before you come back to the States. While the CDC guidelines are evolving, at present that test needs to be completed no more than three days prior to travel.
- Adhere to basic safety practices: When you are traveling and in a new environment, it’s easy to let down your guard and relax. Unfortunately, failing to follow best practices to protect yourself from COVID-19 can be dangerous. Remind yourself and your traveling companions to wear a mask, keep a safe physical distance from others, and wash your hands often with warm, soapy water. Keep hand sanitizer with you for times you won’t have access to soap and water.
- Consider method of travel: While airline officials say fully vaccinated people can safely travel if they follow CDC precautions, not everyone feels comfortable flying yet. You might feel more confident traveling in your own car, especially to a location that doesn’t require many stops. That allows you to better control your environment. If you elect to go by car, plan your route carefully and choose less busy days and times. By avoiding peak travel times, you’ll likely find that rest stops along the way are not as crowded.
- Think about where to stay: Another factor to take into consideration is where you will stay. Do you typically prefer the pampering offered by a hotel that has an on-site restaurant and room service? As we all wait for the COVID-19 crisis to pass, it might be a better idea to rent a house or condo. Sites like Vrbo and Airbnb have developed elevated safety and sanitization guidelines to follow for members who offer properties for rent. It may give you peace of mind to know your exposure to potentially infected people is lower in a private house than a hotel. Just make sure to following internet safety tips while you are planning your summer vacation online.
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