Updated: Sep 17
First I want to leave a disclaimer and some tips on staying healthy.
Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. I only want you to travel if you feel safe and you take the proper safety precautions. Your chances of getting COVID-19 while traveling also depends on whether you and those around you take steps to protect yourself and others, such as wearing masks and staying 6 feet away from people outside your household. Airports, bus stations, train stations, and rest stops are all places travelers can be exposed to the virus in the air and on surfaces. These are also places where it can be harder to practice social distance.
Air travel Air travel requires spending time in security lines and airport terminals, which can bring you in close contact with other people and frequently touched surfaces. Most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes. However, social distancing is difficult on crowded flights, and sitting within 6 feet of others, sometimes for hours, may increase your risk of getting COVID-19. Also consider how you get to and from the airport, as public transportation and ridesharing can increase your chances of being exposed to the virus.
Bus or train travel Traveling on buses and trains for any length of time can involve sitting or standing within 6 feet of others, which may increase your risk of getting COVID-19. This is why in train travel I recommend getting a sleeper car to keep to yourself.
Car travel Making stops along the way for gas, food, or bathroom breaks can put you and your traveling companions in close contact with other people and frequently-touched surfaces.
RV travel You may have to stop less often for food or bathroom breaks, but RV travel usually means staying at RV parks overnight and getting gas and supplies at other public places. These stops may put you and those with you in the RV in close contact with others.
How Are Companies Protecting Customers from COVID-19? When planning travel, you may want to check companies’ websites to see what they are doing to protect customers from COVID-19. Things to look for include:
Requiring people to wear a mask
Promoting social distancing
Using online or contactless reservations and check-in
Using contactless payment
Enhanced cleaning procedures
These are things I check frequently when booking accommodations for clients. I want to make sure you are safe as you can be and I work with suppliers I believe and trust in to have cleaning procedures that truly do what they say they are going to do.
With this in mind, more and more countries are slowly starting to reopen to the world. There are now can destination you visit without getting a COVID-19 test before you go.
These destinations don't require a COVID-19 Test:
US Virgin Island (You must go through a medical screening and temp check)
Turks and Caicos
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Caribbean Netherlands (Only travelers from Aruba, Curaçao, Europe, and the US are allowed entry)
Aruba (Only travelers from Europe, Canada, the United States, and most Caribbean nations.)
Antigua And Barbuda
American Samoa (Only US Citizens or residents)
There are actually a variety of places you can go and visit I believe safely! Although, I think the best thing to do is to travel right here at home within the safety of your local state there are more and more options opening up to you. I think with some reasonable safety precautions before you travel you can have a getaway to well, get away from you every day, and enjoy so much needed family time!