By Jesse Clark
According to national data, just under one-third of all Americans are now fully vaccinated
against the virus that causes COVID-19. The CDC has indicated that fully vaccinated Americans
can now travel safely within the United States. However, the pandemic is not over, and Mayo
Clinic notes travelers should still plan to take safety precautions. But they can still get away
affordably and safely with sensible planning.
- Get Vaccinated
The CDC currently recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated. A person is fully
vaccinated 14 days after receiving the second dose of two-dose vaccines, such as Moderna or
Pfizer, or 14 days after receiving a single-dose shot, such as Johnson & Johnson. The vaccine
is available at no cost from a variety of providers, and in convenient locations like your local
Walmart or CVS.
- Wear a Mask
Buses, subways and rideshare vehicles are particularly budget-friendly modes of travel, but all
members of your traveling party, except for children under the age of two or persons who
cannot wear a face covering safely due to a disability, should wear a mask that covers the
mouth and nose when taking public transportation.
The CDC also recommends wearing masks in indoor public settings, such as restaurants and
theaters. You can save money on face coverings by purchasing a few reusable masks before
your trip instead of using disposable ones. Most cloth masks can be hand washed if you do not
have access to laundry facilities while you’re on the road.
- Get Tested If You Are Unvaccinated
If some of your family members are not fully vaccinated, they should take a COVID-19 test one
to three days prior to your trip. They should also be tested three to five days after returning from
the trip and remain in quarantine for seven days after travel. Additionally, they should avoid
contact with people at high risk of suffering severe disease for 14 days after traveling. COVID-
19 tests are available at no cost nationwide.
- Avoid Large Crowds
Fully vaccinated people can safely interact with small crowds outdoors without masks and larger
outdoor crowds with masks. It is still recommended to avoid large indoor crowds. Travelers who
are not fully vaccinated should continue to practice social distancing, wear masks and avoid
large crowds both indoors and outdoors.
- Check Travel Restrictions
Whether you are traveling to another state or another country, check for travel restrictions
before you plan your trip. Some locations may require COVID-19 testing, have different mask
rules in place or may enforce quarantine requirements for international or out-of-state travelers.
- Stock Up on Supplies
It can be expensive to purchase supplies while you are on the road, so it is a good idea to stock
up on items you may need, including face masks, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, before
you leave for your trip. Similarly, if you need travel gear or just want a new outfit for your vacay,
plan far enough ahead to stretch your dollar. Bigger retailers like Kohls have it all, and you can
look for Kohls coupons and promo codes to save on everything you need for your adventure. As vaccination rates rise and infection rates fall, traveling should continue to become safer. However, it is still important to manage your risks while traveling to keep your family and those around you safe.