When Will It Be Safe to Travel Again? - Awardwinningdestinations

When Will It Be Safe to Travel Again?

When this time of quarantine ends, we will deserve a vacation. With the flights and travel deals as low as they are right now, it can be tempting to start booking and planning travel but how soon is too soon to travel and when will it be safe to travel again.

When will it be safe to travel again?

When this time of quarantine ends, we will deserve a vacation. With the flights and travel deals as low as they are right now, it can be tempting to start booking and planning travel but how soon is too soon to travel and when will it be safe to travel again.

 

Right now, it is recommended to only book travel for August and onward, knowing that even that might be a long-shot – so make sure you are only booking fully refundable. As far as late summer or Fall travel goes, it is predicted that domestic travel is the only travel that is likely to feel safe and comfortable. It is OK to be optimistic that we may be able to travel before then but do not be in a rush to book anything right now before late Summer/Fall since everything is so unsure.

It will be best to book with trusted airlines that have great change and cancel policies. Do not book anything non-refundable. For airlines, stick to big airlines you know, not a random airline you have never heard of. If that airline goes under, you will not get your money back.

Consider the destination you are traveling to and what their status with the CDC is like. Try to avoid booking any travel to any COVID hot- bed in 2020. If you are booking a bigger trip like a honeymoon, get travel insurance.

In general, stay flexible. This virus and global impact is unprecedented and affecting absolutely everyone, so keep your plans flexible and consider alternatives. Have a plan B.

Prepare, prepare, prepare. For one, read up on how to disinfect a hotel room when you check in. These easy steps to clean a hotel room and things to be aware of when traveling will help keep you safe and sanitized on your next trip – whenever that is.

Can I take a road trip?

As more hotels and national and state parks reopen across the US, road trip vacations are picking up speed. Only Florida currently has checkpoint, on Interstate 95, just south of the Georgia border, to screen travelers. Those visitors arriving from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are required to quarantine for 14-days. New Mexico has a checkpoint on US 64, leading in and out of Taos Pueblo, which is closed indefinitely to nonresidents.

If I need to rent a car, what precautions should I take?

Renting a car tends to pose fewer risks of getting or spreading Covid-19 than taking public transit since you are exposed to far fewer people and transmission is mostly caused by person-to-person contact. Even so, research shows that the novel coronavirus can linger on some surfaces for two to three days, or even suspended in the air for up to an hour. To reduce the risk in a rental car, it would be a good idea to wipe down high-touch areas and increase ventilation through the windows or air conditioning.

Are hotels open in the U.S.?

Increasingly, yes. Many hotels, deemed essential businesses by state or local authorities, never fully closed, but several them have only been permitted to house medical workers, non-critical Covid-19 patients, or other pandemic-related guests, not leisure travelers. As some states begin to lift their stay-at-home orders, restrictions on hotels and vacations are starting to ease too, and more hotels across the country are starting to welcome standard guests. To try to reassure nervous travelers, the bigger brands are rolling out heightened safety protocols.

Can I book a vacation rental?

Yes, but not everywhere and depending on where you are headed, you may need to stay awhile. Several states and counties temporarily banned Airbnb, VRBO and other short-term vacation rentals. Those bans are gradually lifting in most states, though still in place in Hawaii. Starting in July, Maine will allow out-of-state visitors to book short-term vacation rentals again while Vermont officials have indicated that the state may rescind its rental ban in mid-June. To help prospective renters sort out the patchwork of regulations, Airbnb lists government restrictions on its site, but be prepared to wade through the fine print.

Should I avoid cruises altogether?

After the widely reported quarantines of passengers on ocean liners and the rapid rise of confirmed cases among the passengers and crew, the CDC and the U.S. State Department issued heightened travel warnings, advising travelers to defer all cruise ship travel world-wide. The CDC points out that the people at highest risk of falling seriously ill from Covid-19 are older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions, including heart disease, lung disease and diabetes. On April 9, the CDC renewed a no-sail order, prohibiting cruise ships carrying 250 or more passengers and crew from sailing in U.S waters until July 24 or sooner, if Covid-19 no longer constitutes a public health crisis. Most cruise lines have suspended voyages worldwide, with plans to resume in late June or early July.

Should I avoid flying altogether?

Health authorities, including the CDC, maintain that the risk of infection on airplanes is low. That may be even truer now that air travel has dropped dramatically. According to the latest industry data, flights have been, on average, less than half full, making it easier to adhere to social-distancing practices. To that end, many airlines are cordoning off middle seats and allowing passengers to move to empty rows. Some are capping total occupancy to 50% or 60%. Major airlines are also drastically curtailing in-flight food and beverage service to limit contact between customers and crew.