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Traveling During a Pandemic
The COVID pandemic is definitely not over, but more parts of the world are opening up to travel. If you’re all about living a life of travel, it can be hard to stay put during a pandemic. But you also don’t want to put your health (and others’ health) at risk.
Is it possible to travel safely during a pandemic?
It is – but if you plan ahead and take the proper precautions.
Here’s how you can safely travel during the pandemic.
Research Where to Go and Where to Stay
First, you need to decide where you want to go – and if it’s safe to travel there.
International travel is very tricky right now. Travel restrictions vary from one country to another, and many have travel bans. The best way to stay up to date is to check the State Department’s COVID-19 country information.
In general, there are a few rules that may come into play if you decide to travel internationally:
- You may need to quarantine in a hotel at your own expense before being allowed to explore the country
- You may need to get one of the big three vaccines: Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, or Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen
- You may need to get a COVID-19 test and receive a negative test result within a short time frame of travel
If you decide to travel domestically in the U.S., most continental states don’t require additional travel restrictions. However, Hawaii and overseas U.S. territories are different. For example, Hawaii requires a negative COVID test result prior to arrival.
Many people are anxious about crowds. If you want to avoid crowds, try glamping instead of visiting theme parks and resorts. It’s a great way to connect with nature without having to rough it.
What to Know When Traveling
Whether you’re taking a bus, train, or flying, wearing a mask is a must. It’s a federal law to wear a mask when on a plane, or when traveling via Amtrak. Violating the law means you are subject to fines and may be denied travel.
If you’re ridesharing or carpooling during your travel, limit the number of people in your vehicle. Of course, you can wear a mask – especially if you’re ridesharing or traveling with someone outside of your immediate social circle.
If possible, keep the windows open to boost ventilation, and avoid recirculating air.
Of course, you also need to be vaccinated. Vaccines are safe and effective. There’s been a lot of misinformation spread about the vaccine, but it’s important to know that safety protocols were not skipped when developing the vaccines.
Apart from getting vaccinated and wearing a mask, you can practice social distancing, wash your hands regularly, and if you feel unwell, stay home.
Travel Safe With Proper Trip Planning
If one of your goals is to travel, it’s important to know how to travel safely. Proper vacation planning will help you travel safely. You can still have a lifestyle of travel – you just need to exercise additional caution.
Check out our travel and leisure section for ideas of where to go and what to do on your next trip.
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