As we continue to progress through the Covid-19 pandemic, more and more people are beginning to travel again. Being inside for the majority of 2020 and a lot of 2021, many around the US are ready to be out and about and experience life again. It was hard to stay so distant from friends and loved ones for over a year, so now many are planning trips with groups. While it has become more safe with the vaccine continuing to aid in the pandemic, it is also still important to think ahead before traveling. Things have gotten better in terms of virus cases, but we are not totally back to normal, and that applies to vacationing too. There are some important tips to remember if you plan on traveling this year. So if you are ready to learn more about how to safely have fun while on vacation, read on to discover your ultimate guide to travel in the US in 2021.
One of the most important things to remember for travel in 2021 is to plan ahead. It used to be the norm to just choose a location and hit the road the same day. But it is better to think ahead in the time we are in, so that you are prepared for whatever may lay ahead. This will ensure that you and your group have the most fun possible, and can feel as close to a normal vacation as possible.
Read Up on Local Regulations
During the pandemic, many states created and are still enforcing their own laws regarding Covid-19 procedures. This even applies to cities within the same state, as some cities just a few towns over may require different precautions than another. So if you are traveling out of state, or even to a different region within your state, check out the local laws so that you are prepared to possibly mask up and socially distance yourself.
Decide Your Method of Travel
As previously stated, it takes a bit more thought to travel during the times of Covid-19, and this includes deciding the mode of travel. There are different precautions and risks associated with various types of travel, from car road trips and flights, to train rides and bus rides. Each one can change what you need to pack and prepare for.
Choose Your Travel Buddies Wisely
Before the pandemic, the most you had to worry about when choosing your travel buddies was whether or not they had their own funds for fun and if they liked the same adventures. But now it is important to discuss your thoughts on the pandemic and how they take precautions. If you are very adamant about wearing masks and staying safe, and your friends are not — this can present a very big disconnect while enjoying the trip.
Prepare All Your Documentation
Depending on how you choose to travel, you will need to take some time to get your documents together. While the vaccine is not federally required, some states or international destinations may require documentation on your Covid-19 status. So making sure you have proof of your negative Covid-19 test results are crucial to have with you no matter where or how you are traveling.
Consider All the Risks of the Trip
Take some time to think about all the risks you need to consider based on the variables of your trip. This includes travel method, destination and even who you are traveling with. These aspects will dictate greatly how you maneuver through your vacation in the safest way possible.