Avoiding Travel Problems

Despite continuing Covid-19 cases, travel retains its allure to relax, recharge, and reconnect. Although the Covid-19 situation has improved, health, safety, and travel issues can cause problems. Below are tips and resources to reduce risks while traveling.
Assessment. Consider destinations with lowest risk of travel disruptions.
Backup. Be prepared to adjust travel plans due to health issues, quarantines, and travel disruptions. Make backup reservations and purchase travel insurance. Allow extra time and money in your budget for travel problems.
Cruising. Delay cruises if you have underlying health conditions like cancer, cardiac issues, or pulmonary disease.
Destination. Use domestic travel by car to avoid air traffic delays and congestion. Visit less popular National Parks to stay away from crowds and reduce health risk.
Hygiene. Avoid destinations with outbreaks and focus on outdoor activities. Stay safer by getting boosters, keeping social distance, using sanitizers, wearing masks, and traveling with a thermometer.
International. Prior to booking flights and hotels, check warnings issued by the CDC and State Department. Avoid travel to countries at elevated risk for Covid-19.
Prices. Reserve early to assure availability and lower prices. Use using flexible rates that allow cancellation without penalty fee.
Testing. Check testing requirements for your destination and mode of travel. Take a Covid test prior to travel and after return to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Madison Blancaflor, Strategies You Can Use When Your Flight is Canceled or Delayed, The Points Guy, Jan. 6, 2022.
Forrest Brown, Countries Welcoming US Tourists, CNN, Mar. 24, 2022.
Megan Cerullo, Leisure Travel Roars Back at a Cost to Consumers, MoneyWatch, Mar. 30, 2022.
Christopher Elliott, Buying Travel Insurance, 2/5/3023.

Meghan Cohen and Sally French, How to Book a Flight That (Likely) Won’t Get Canceled, Nerd Wallet, Oct. 22, 2023
Christopher Elliott, Making International Connections, Washington Post, Feb. 15, 2023.
Bill McKibben, Cynthia Barnett, et al, The 22 Best US National Parks to Escape the Crowds, Guardian, May 25, 2018.
Staff, How to Travel Safely During the Pandemic, Cleveland Clinic, Mar 18, 2022.
Terry Ward, Some Travelers Will Still Mask in Flight, CNN, Apr. 22, 2022.

CDC (Ranking of Countries by Covid Risk)
IATA Travel Centre (Map of Travel Regulations)
NIH (Covid-19 Articles)
State Department (Covid-19 Travel Information)
Travel Weekly
(Travel News)



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