With the state of the pandemic still being somewhat uncertain, travel may be complicated this summer. Between restrictions lifting around the world and what many are calling the 'second roaring twenties,' it's time for some travel tips to stay healthy this summer. If you’re finally ready to make some summer plans, keep on reading to learn how to travel with safety in mind!
Get vaccinated (and boosted)
In order to keep yourself and those around you safe during travel, the most important thing you can do is stay up to date with your vaccinations, including COVID-19, tetanus, and MMR. The El Camino Health Mountain View Outpatient Pharmacy offers COVID-19 vaccinations to the general public. Click here to book an appointment today. Talk to you doctor about any other vaccines you may need.
Book your flights early
With everyone's summer plans finally coming to fruition, air travel is expected to be chaotic this summer. Since the travel industry is booming, it can be more difficult to forecast and book the best ticket options. Giving yourself time to see the best options arise (while also keeping an eye out for low COVID-19 rate destinations) is going to make your summer travel experience much more enjoyable. Keep in mind that booking early is generally the best way to save money.
Choose destinations wisely
Certain destinations will put you at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19. Even if you're fully vaccinated and comfortable being in high-exposure locations, there may be restrictions in place now or in the future. This summer is a great time to visit less populated areas, or even enjoy the outdoors to stick to a socially distanced summer. The CDC created a wonderful travel destination tool to help you find beautiful locations around the world with minimal COVID-19 cases.
Make a backup plan
Even with every precaution in place, things change quickly. Luckily, the pandemic has brought about one welcome change: most airlines and hotels now offer flexible booking options. The past few years have taught us that no trip — no matter how thoroughly planned — should go without a backup plan. Make sure your flights and hotels offer flexible booking so that you can stay stress-free during the ebbs and flows of ongoing restrictions and changes.
Stay safe and enjoy yourself
Traveling safely doesn't mean you have to spend your summer vacation worrying. On the contrary, taking steps to avoid issues along the way will keep the stress at bay so you can focus on what matters most: spending time with loved ones (in beautiful destinations)! Now that you know how to travel safely, it's time to start planning your well-deserved trip.
This article first appeared in the June 2022 edition of the HealthPerks newsletter.