Summer Travel during Coronavirus: Tips to Consider to Make It Safer

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Summer is almost officially here (it starts on June 20 this year) and chances are you are craving to get out of the house and take a trip, but with the U.S. surpassing 2 million coronavirus cases, your summer travel might need to be adjusted and reconsidered. We have gathered some summer travel tips to make your vacation safer.

Real Simple and Travelocity say this summer's biggest travel trend is the “safecation,” which is "a mini getaway to destinations that are cleared for safe travel during this time." 

The Doctors stress that travel should not occur if you or someone in your household is sick or has been sick in the last 14 days and we encourage you to check the CDC's recommendations for travel.

If you are planning to travel, Real Simple suggests these tips in order to ensure a safer trip with fewer issues:

Book Ahead If Possible: Many flights and hotels are limiting capacity and while waiting to the last minute to book might save you money, you could end up with fewer options on where to stay and what to do.

Read: Flying during Coronavirus: The Risks and How to Reduce Chances of Getting Sick

Know the Cancelation and Change Policies: Before you book, find out what options you have if your plans change and how much it will cost to rebook if needed.

Find out How Your Lodging Is Handling Cleaning: If you are staying in a hotel, Airbnb, or vacation rental, ensure the property is effectively cleaning to combat COVID-19. Also, consider bringing your own products to clean your vacation lodging -- get a list of products approved to combat coronavirus, HERE!.

Avoid Weekend Travel: In order to distance yourself from other travelers, Real Simple suggests traveling during the week in order to cut down on interactions with other people.

Rethink Just How Far You Need to Go to Feel like You're on Vacation: Are there places close to home that you have never visited but always wanted to see? Day trips and locations close to home can still feel like a vacation, and you can avoid having to fly or drive long distances, which will help you to continue to distance and limit yourself and your family to others.

Read: Coronavirus: Riskiest & Least Risky Activities Like Going to The Salon, Gym and Bars    

Also, you might be skipping travel this summer, but that doesn't mean you and your loved ones can't still have fun. Here are some of our favorite ideas to do this summer with your family from the safety of home.

The Doctors stress the importance of continuing to follow all prevention guidelines: social distancing, routine and frequent handwashing, wearing a mask when in public, the cleaning of high touch surfaces, avoiding people who are sick, and if you are experiencing COVID symptoms or believe you have been exposed, contact your doctor or healthcare provider about getting tested. Find out more information about local COVID-19 testing in your area, including free testing.

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