When Will It be Safe to Travel During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

Article by Kendra Pierson

Photography by Kendra Pierson, Olga Thompson and Provided

Originally published in South Fulton Lifestyle

With the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine, families are looking forward to being able to travel again in Summer 2021. The biggest question on most people’s mind is when will it truly be safe to do some of our favorite things like go on cruises, visit Las Vegas buffets or even visit road trip favorites like Walt Disney World? 

The first places to start with any considerations for travel are with your primary care provider and the experts at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Consulting with your primary care provider is a best practice. Even a nurse call or tele-medicine consultation will allow you to receive customized information for risk and prevention based on individual health history. 

Travelers’ Health (CDC.gov/travel) is always available to provide recommendations for travelers regarding vaccines, medicine and advice for global travel. Throughout the Coronavirus Pandemic, they’ve provided even more detailed recommendations of how to access personal risk, global recommendations by destination and precautions that can be taken when traveling. CDC works not only with local and state health departments but international organizations like the World Health Organization. 

Next, you’ll want to do your research before choosing a destination. Destinations are taking extraordinary efforts to not only keep your family but their employees safe. There have been changes like modifying how we experience Las Vegas buffets. Instead of guests being able to pick up their favorites, the lavish buffets that have reopened are offering tableside with server delivered and freshly prepared favorites. 

Doing destination research is going to be a key part of preparing for travel. Traveling during the pandemic means resetting your expectations and being prepared for a different way to revisit your favorite places. Walt Disney World has created a new set of guidelines and rules while closing some locations for the best guest experiences. Even though most of the park is located outside, they’re requiring guests to wear face covering while in public areas on their properties. 

Consider revisiting family favorites that you’ve previously had a good experience with. As much as I love to find new hidden gems, this is going to be a time to stay with places that you’ve already tested and found to be clean, comfortable and safe. Day trips to local outdoor destinations like state parks and road trips are going to be an option where families can change their surroundings while still being safe.

My family’s favorite cruise line, Princess Cruise Lines, has been proactive in communicating their plans via their CruiseHealth updates. One reason why we’ll be returning to Princess Cruise Lines before any other cruise lines was even before the Coronavirus pandemic, Princess had already implemented a touchless experience with their Medallion Class experience. The OceanMedallion wearable device replaced the traditional cruise card and can be used everywhere from embarkation to 100% contactless commerce. 

When you finally are ready to make your first post-pandemic travel, double check any cancellation policies before you book. If there’s ever a time to consider adding travel insurance, it would be now. Just be sure that the coverage you purchase will meet all your coverage and cancellation needs. No matter where you choose to travel, be sure to check the latest guidelines for any travel providers or destinations before you book and before you depart. As the pandemic evolves, there will be constantly changing guidelines. 


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