There is an ongoing debate about whether it’s ethical to travel during a global pandemic. While many believe it’s absolutely not ok to travel right now, many people are comfortable traveling and ready to get back out there. Especially given many countries are opening their borders. Also, the CDC has removed the 14-day quarantine recommendation in the US.

Some of our favorite influencers are once again posting swoon worthy travel pics in dream destinations. So many families are exploring the US by taking more and more road trips. It’s no wonder some many of us are READY TO GO!

If you’ve chosen to travel during the global pandemic, we do want to be sure that you know you could be putting yourself at risk. Also, on a larger scale, you’re putting the locals in your destination at risk. We’re sharing a few tips on how you can travel responsibly during this time:

Domestic Travel During a Global Pandemic

The lowest risk travel option right now is to domestic destinations that can be reached via road trip because you can mostly be self-contained doing a road trip. But even if you’re traveling via car or RV there are precautions you should still take and especially if you are planning to fly. Below are the steps we believe should be taken for responsible domestic travel:

  • Get a COVID test before you go – testing has become much more accessible. Click here to find a testing location near you.
  • Cancel plans if you or anyone in your family is feeling sick or has been exposed to someone who tested positive – if you’re exhibiting COVID symptoms anytime before your trip, the responsible thing to do is delay your trip until you are no longer exhibiting symptoms and have a negative test.
  • Check to find out things are open – we would hate for you to get to your destination and have nothing to do so please do your due diligence in advance and make sure the sights you want to see will be open.
  • If you are traveling out of state, check the states’ quarantine requirements – some states, like New York, have had quarantine requirements in place. Be sure to check the requirements and adhere to them.

International Travel During a Global Pandemic

Traveling internationally has been the most controversial lately. However, with countries opening their borders, they are saying it’s ok to visit. Some countries are even incentivizing tourists to visit.

  • Check the country’s COVID cases – Travel to countries that do not currently have a high number of cases or are having trouble managing the cases
  • Consider the country’s healthcare infrastructure – Travel to countries that have a strong healthcare system that can support an outbreak. It only takes one infected person to create an outbreak. You also need to be sure they can care for you if you become ill.
  • Check the entry and quarantine requirements for the country you are visiting – some countries are requiring you to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Some require a negative test that was taken no longer than 48 hours before arrival. Be sure you know what to expect and accept that things are changing rapidly. If by the time you land, they have more stringent regulations, that’s an “L” you’ll have to take.
  • Get a COVID test before you go – testing has become much more accessible. Click here to find a testing location near you.
  • Quarantine after your test up until you leave – getting tested is one thing, but being sure you don’t catch it after you get tested is another. Do your best to limit your interaction with others after your test.
  • Check to find out things are open – we would hate for you to get to your destination and have nothing to do so please do your due diligence in advance and make sure the sights you want to see will be open.
  • Respect and follow the countries guideline – wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands, follow the rules.
  • Get tested upon your return – Check to be sure you didn’t bring the virus back with you!

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