Is it safe to travel for the holidays this year?

Every year, hundreds of thousands of Americans travel across the country to sit down for a Thanksgiving meal with family, for a weekend of fun and food. However, this year, travel takes on a whole new risk. Whereas for yesteryear, the worst thing related to travel was a particularly whiny child or a flat tire, now the threat of Coronavirus and possible severe sickness is a likelihood.

Is it safe to travel for the holidays this year?

This leaves many questioning if travel is safe at all this year. But take heart, holiday travellers, for it’s not all bad news. Travel is still possible… if you are willing to adhere to new guidelines and take care to be safe.

Controlled climate

Overall, for those who are not vulnerable or anxious about it, travel can resume for those who wish. If you are elderly, suffer from a pre-existing illness or condition, or require special care on a daily basis, it might be best to skip traveling this year. However, even if none of that applies to you, it is still important to be safe while traveling and to take precautions.
Throughout the virus, information has been updated on a daily basis. And it’s important to realize that, even if a vaccine for the Coronavirus is released, it will not be foolproof. Furthermore, people will still need to keep up safe practices. The biggest suggestion that doctors make when planning and making considerations this year, is to try and control your “bubble” as much as possible.

Ritzing up Thanksgiving

Controlling who you come in contact with starts the second you leave your door. Doctors advise driving as the best mode of travel this year, as you can regulate who is with you and where you stop. In addition, doctors also recommend that, if you usually stay with family or friends during Thanksgiving, to perhaps stay at a hotel for a few days (as the rooms are constantly cleaned and disinfected).

The biggest warnings come for the event itself. All the precautions of travel are pointless if you don’t practice safe social distancing during events. Ideally, when planning Thanksgiving, it would be best to visit with someone who lives in a “low infection” area. If you do so, it decreases the chances of anyone coming into contact with Coronavirus, and makes the “worse case scenario” having to eat tons of leftovers.