Because of the pandemic, many have not dared to entertain the thought of traveling this summer. People are left feeling fearful and unsafe with so many countries closed for tourists. Some wonder if travel is even a possibility. While many countries are closed to tourists and are unsafe to travel to, there are more countries open. If you live in the U.S., you're in luck, because ALL states are open. And don’t fret because there are ways to enjoy traveling and make those fun summer memories you did pre-pandemic. Here are some tips on how to safely travel during this pandemic as well as how to maximize your travel experience with the few restrictions still in place.
1.Get tested 72 hours before you get on a plane.
Whether you are traveling to a different country or state, most places require a negative COVID-19 test. For example, certain countries in Central and South America will not let you board the plane without proof. If you are traveling within the U.S., some states require you to submit your test results online before you fly. Some states check once you have arrived at your destination. Almost all places require a negative test result, so for your peace of mind and safety, always get a test done 72 hours before departure. If you're wondering about your destination's restrictions, visit the states or country’s government site.
2. Eat local.
Many family-owned restaurants went out of business during the pandemic and some are struggling to get back up on their feet. Eating local allows you to explore the area and try out new foods and culture, something you won’t get in an Olive Garden or Panera. Some of my favorite memories while traveling to California and Alaska in September of 2020 were exploring places to eat and forming connections with the owners and locals. Food has a way of connecting people, and my family and I had a great time meeting new people, something that quarantine and this pandemic stopped us from doing.
3. Cook at your rental.
Cooking at your rental can not only save you a lot of money but also keep you away from the crowds you find in restaurants. Making breakfast at your rental and packing for lunch and eating out for dinner can save you money, time, and keep you safe from large crowds or indoor areas where the virus tends to linger. Check out some of the delicious recipes you can make on the site.
4. Eat healthy before, during, and after your trip.
You are probably scratching your head thinking, “I am on vacation. There is no way I am eating salads,” and you shouldn’t. I know most of us want to binge and have fun trying new foods, and I am not discouraging you from doing that. I’m suggesting you not binge on unhealthy foods 24/7. Eating healthy and building a strong immune system can fight off any virus. So, balancing your foods with the proper amount of fruits and veggies is important for building immunity. It will also give you energy while you're enjoying a fun and busy itinerary.
5. Visit outdoor attractions.
As much as my family and I wanted to visit places such as museums or indoor historic places, we couldn’t because they were closed, or they were at capacity, or they weren’t safe. So we spent most of our trip outdoors. We took boat rides to visit the glaciers in Alaska. We went hiking. We took the ferry around San Diego. We explored outdoor historic attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. We went to famous neighborhoods.
I hope you enjoyed reading my five tips for traveling safely and maximizing your fun during the coronavirus days. Enjoy your vacation stress-free and remember, always wear a mask, wash your hands, and stay 6 feet apart.
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Camila Pesantez is the owner of @camipphotography. She is a wedding, portrait, and fashion photographer based in New England. She loves capturing authentic, candid, fun, and spontaneous moments. In her spare time, Camila enjoys singing and serving at her local church, cooking, and spending time with friends.
What sparked your passion for the industry?
The creativity behind it. It’s what I use to express my creativity and feel free to express myself through it. The photography world is so diverse and the possibilities are endless.
Cake or Pie? Why?
Pie because it has a lot of texture and moisture and reminds me of a nice cozy fall day at home.
Favorite dish to cook at home?
Vegan meat pasta. I have my own recipe, and I make it at least twice a month