This year, traveling over the holidays will require extra preparation.
Almost everything will be a bit different to accommodate safety protocols. But you shouldn’t be disheartened. Protective measures don’t eliminate the fun of traveling. Here’s how you can travel responsibly over the holidays:
The CDC recommends delaying traveling until you are fully vaccinated. You will be deemed fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose in a two-dose series vaccine or 2 weeks after a single dose vaccine.
The CDC on 2nd April shared some excellent news that will favor vaccinated travelers. If you get vaccinated, you can travel safely within the US without getting tested before and after travel. You will not need to self-quarantine and are less likely to get or spread COVID-19.
You will also travel internationally without testing pre-travel depending on destination and without quarantining after travel.
Choose Safer Travel
Even when fully vaccinated, you should choose safer travel options. By selecting such options, you protect yourself and others from COVID-19, including your loved ones. The safest option is a short road trip with household members or fully vaccinated people and few stops on the way.
Air travel means you spend time at terminals and security lines. This brings you in close contact with other people and frequently touched surfaces. Distancing in crowded flights can also be challenging. If you have to fly, choose flights that have few stops and layovers.
You should avoid bus trips, long-distance trains, or traveling on cruise ships and boats.
Adhere to All Safety Protocols
When traveling, wear a mask over your nose and mouth. Masks are mandated nationwide in the US for interstate and airport travel. This includes planes, trains, buses, and other means of public transport in stations and airports.
You should stay at least 2 meters or 2 arm’s length from anyone not traveling with you and avoid crowds. Remember to use hand sanitizer and wash your hands often. Ensure you carry your hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes and a few face masks.
You should also stay aware of local guidelines when traveling. Some destinations can have stricter guidelines or more rigorous protocols for visitors and residents.
Get Travel Insurance
Now more than ever before, you need travel insurance. Volatility still remains, and plans may change at the spur of the moment. You have to insure yourself against trip cancellations. Many travel insurance policies now include coverage for trip cancellations.
It will reimburse the non-refundable and prepaid costs of your trip if you can’t travel due to unforeseen circumstances.
Get a Travel Advisor
Travel advisors have become vital in the travel process of 2021. Uncertainty still swarms the travel industry. Borders can close, and routes can change at any time. You don’t want to waste holiday time on the phone trying to find anyone who can assist with reservation changes.
Advisors stay continuously updated with changes and have a direct line with destinations, resorts, and airlines. Use travel advisors to avoid headaches.