After more than a year of dealing with a global pandemic, many people are anxious to enjoy some form of vacation this summer or fall. Travel is definitely more doable these days, but it’s not quite the same as previous years.
You may be vaccinated, but some people aren't. Also, there's the uncertainty about virus surges and variants. Pandemic-related recommendations seem to change daily. So planning a vacation may look a bit different this year.
The CDC has issued travel guidelines for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people. These guidelines include recommendations similar to what we’ve been doing all along – stay at least 6 feet from others not in your household, wear a mask, and wash your hands often. Although the CDC recommends being fully vaccinated before you travel, it's not a requirement.
Ready To Travel Again?
Whether you’re ready to hit the open road or fly the friendly skies, keep these tips in mind when planning your travel. Travel today looks different than it used to, so here are some tips for planning a trip this year.
Enjoy an Outdoor Adventure
Summer and early fall are great times to travel because the weather is better for outdoor activities and adventures. Skip the sightseeing tours in busy cities. Instead, opt for a trip that keeps you and your family outdoors away from crowds, enjoying nature and being physically active. Consider:
- A road trip, camping along the way or renting an RV
- A mountain backpacking adventure
- A secluded lakefront cabin or beachside cottage
While exploring outdoors, make sure to protect yourself from ticks and other summer bugs that can make your trip miserable.
Research, Research, Research
Now is not the time to pile in the car to see where the road takes you. And you won’t be flying somewhere with the intent of “just exploring.” It’s important to research and plan every step these days. This is true whether you’re traveling within the U.S. or abroad. Check current restrictions at your destination and verify them right before you go in case they’ve changed last minute. Double-check:
- Do you need a vaccine passport or other documentation?
- Need to show proof of a negative COVID test?
- Do you have to quarantine?
- What are restrictions like at your destination?
Yes, you probably need them. And even if they’re not required while planning your vacation, they’re definitely a good idea. Call ahead or go online to schedule. Verify before your trip and bring confirmations with you.
Coming to the Hospital?
Stay updated on our visitor policies and COVID-19 information.
- Accommodations: Not just hotels and vacation rentals, but also campsites
- Car rentals: There’s a shortage of rental cars. Many companies sold off parts of their inventory during the pandemic, so vehicles are harder to find.
- Activities: Many tourist attractions and guided tours are operating at limited capacity and on a reservation basis (with staggered entry times), so you can’t just drop in.
- Restaurants: Reserve a table, preferably outside, at places you know you want to eat. Many localities still have occupancy restrictions, and seating may be limited
Protect Your Investment
The virus is unpredictable, so know what to expect if you have to cancel or change your trip.
- Be mindful of airline change fees and refund policies
- Verify hotel cancellation and refund policies
- Find out if you can get a refund for pre-paid activities
- Consider purchasing travel insurance
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